Poetry

Grass lives Next to Grass: On the Poetry of Vinod Kumar Shukla

Grass lives Next to Grass: On the Poetry of Vinod Kumar Shukla

Thus begins a poem by Vinod Kumar Shukla. By ‘worldly matters’, you would have thought Shukla meant political disputes, grocery shopping, landlords, the weather, train timetables. As it turns out, at least in this instance, it is none of the above, though all of the above figure in his work.

Sach chhuchha hota hai

Sach chhuchha hota hai

Kumar is a novelist, photographer, artist, and, on the evidence of the Hindi poems he has been writing in the last two years, a bilingual poet.

To the Memory of Pavankumar Jain

To the Memory of Pavankumar Jain

Pavankumar Jain (1947-2013) studied at Bombay University and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He wrote in Gujarati and English, and while still a student started the little magazine Tornado (1967-71).

GHALIB, A DIARY: A NOTE BY ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA– An Excerpt from Book of Rahim, a new book in the Literary Activism series

GHALIB, A DIARY: A NOTE BY ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA– An Excerpt from Book of Rahim, a new book in the Literary Activism series

Ghalib wrote the Dastanbūy (Nosegay) between May 1857 and September 1858. It is his formal petition to Queen Victoria for the restoration of his pension, which had been stopped by the East India Company.

Lyric Embarrassment: Or, Why I Can’t Tell a Story

Lyric Embarrassment: Or, Why I Can’t Tell a Story

When I first received Amit’s concept note for the symposium with its opening provocation, ‘Fuck storytelling!’ I felt a little pop of relief in my chest, and in the parts of me

Book of Lahore

Book of Lahore

I had always known of 11Temple Road. My mother, who was the eldest of Daddyji’s seven children, never spoke about it, never described it, and I never asked.