The Lightness of Dissent

Shaikh Ayaz

Shilpa Gupta’s immersive works interrogate censorship and celebrate language

A Plea for Love

When a poet’s fixation meets with indifference

The Testament of a Poet

Jeet Thayil’s new novel chronicles the women whose roles were deleted from the gospels. The author speaks to Nandini Nair about the need to write these erasures

Sugathakumari (1934-2020): The Poet of Empathy

Her resolute campaign for environmental protection and the rights of women earned her the fame of an ecofeminist poet

A White Elephant by the Ganges: A Russian bard’s fantasies about India

Vladimir Vysotsky, one of Russia’s most beloved 20th century poets, was fascinated with the India of his imagination, and wrote and sang a few timeless classics about the country in the 1970s

Poet of the Paradoxical City

Akhil Katyal tells Urvashi Bahuguna how he finds Delhi crazily unequal and maddeningly beautiful

Open Conversation with Vijay Seshadri, Poet

‘If you want to look at Modi in a historical context, you would say, ‘Well, you can trace him all the way back to the Tulsi Ramayana,’ says Vijay Seshadri

Moral Overdose

Kiran Nagarkar’s novel about Kabir collapses under its didactic weight

The Book Lane

Navigating the literary signposts of India


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