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The Storyteller’s Dilemma

It had been a terrible month. Zubi had been under the influence of the seasonal flu for a fortnight now. Hir couldn’t possibly leave her while she was recuperating. They had met in Sawai...

Malayalam Part 1

Malayalam Poetry Today: Part 3

Bengal with its radical manipulation of archetypes, its mixing of the dramatic and narrative modes, its quick rhythms and refrains that capture the panic of the blind king and its interweaving of the history...

Malayalam Part 1

Malayalam Poetry Today: Part 2

The modernists of the 60s had almost all been born in the villages and moved to towns and cities in search of a livelihood. The gradual deadening of progressive sensibilities, the dogmatism of  Kerala’s...

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coText

A Collaborative Note

Lately, I have been toying with the idea of coText.  What is coText, by the way? If we, letting ourselves to be self-aware post-colonists for the time being, choose to objectify the text as...

Malayalam Part 1

Malayalam Poetry Today: Part 1

The history of modern Malayalam poetry is a narrative of continuous innovation, gradual emancipation from the formalistic grip of traditional Sanskrit poetic practice, growing awareness of contemporary social issues and the ongoing democratization of...

Lets Get Talking Part 2

Let’s Get Talking: Part 2

I let my gaze linger at him in a very decided fashion until he noticed that he was the subject of my fascination. Ten minutes down the staring contest, he smoothly pointed towards a...

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Let’s Get Talking: Part 1

It was a Saturday night; I was out with a bunch of friends in one of the happening café-by-day/club-by-night places in the popular concentric-circled, white-columned Connaught Place of Lutyens’ Delhi. Dim lights, loud music, the rattle...