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Sword of the Brother Enemy

THE URI ATTACK in the early hours of Sunday that has claimed the lives of 18 Indian jawans confirms yet again that nearly seven decades after Independence and Partition, Pakistan remains India’s…

Modi’s Weapon of Mass Seduction

SEATED INSIDE her rickety but clean hut in Dalit- dominated Rautapur village of Uttar Pradesh’s mango-rich Sitapur district, Sunita Ravi, a homemaker in her late thirties, says she has been worrying…

Enemy of the State

EXACTLY A YEAR ago, on a grey morning just like this one, I found myself at the corner of our street, seething with outrage. I had stormed out of the house after reading a news report. I needed fresh…

Wear and Steer

THE SUNSHINE WARMS my face. It makes me sleepy. I fall in love soon after. I can now feel my heart race. As the days pass, the joy turns to fear. I have a secret and I can’t bear the thought of…

A Poetic High

EIGHT YEARS AGO, an accidental turn in the YouTube maze led me to Speakeasy NYC, a channel showcasing spoken-word poets from across the country. One blurry video here featured a pixellated,…

Raghu Rai: Framing History

IT IS THE rare image that comes to define a moment in history or a person’s interior life. The Bhopal gas tragedy is frozen in time through the unseeing eyes of a toddler buried in gravel, as a hand…

She’s Here to Stay

IN LITERATURE AS in life, timing is everything. Being pipped at the publisher’s by a celebrity writer whose book is based on the same concept as one’s own, must be devastating. Luckily, it doesn’t…

To Be or Not to Be

WRITERS’ LIVES presumably follow an arc in which they move from raw and intense wonderment to a refined and polished contemplation. Literary giants glow so brightly at a point that even when they…

Speak, Memory

WHAT LIES BETWEEN US is a patchwork of memories. These are dark, distant and ragged impressions of childhood viewed through a twisted adult prism. It is a vision of the ‘before’ where the ‘after’…

An Epic for the Wrong Reasons

So I have it on very good authority that Padmavati won’t start filming anytime soon. There’s a set more or less ready and waiting at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali is sitting on…