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01. 07. 2016

The Language of Flowers

Michael Taussig ________________ Asked on a radio interview a couple of years back why he drew animals and not people, the great cartoonist Chuck Jones of Bugs Bunny and Road Runner fame replied:...

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20. 06. 2016
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    Debraj  Dasgupta ___________________   Please, no more snippets of memories. Please, we don't want to hear anymore about portrayals. Allow us a respite from the very refinements of "hearing". ------------ The...

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04. 06. 2016

Restlessness, Structural Degeneration and Dialogic Possibilities in Contemporary Hindi Poetry: Asad Zaidi, Manmohan and Shubha

HumanitiesUnderground had, in March of 2016, initiated a discussion on contemporary Hindi poetry in Benaras, with a group of poets who are composing and thinking right now about the intricacies of the poetic...

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27. 05. 2016

Transformation, Like Salt: The Artistry of Mahesh Verma

    Mahesh Verma __________________   A consummate artist is a rare creature. And if such a sense of art is able to amalgamate fever and vehemence with restraint and formal experimentation, then...

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22. 05. 2016
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I Believe In The Good Fairy Of Your Native Land: Correspondences between Gabriela Mistral and Victoria Ocampo

__________________________ There developed a curious and lasting friendship between two supremely talented people: Gabriela Mistral/ Lucila Godoy Alcayaga (1889-1957) of Chile and Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979) of Argentina. It would be difficult to imagine...

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16. 05. 2016

Expenditure, Insolvency and Recovery in Manmohan’s ‘The Morsels of Ignominy” ( ज़िल्लत की रोटी)

_____________________ Prasanta Chakravarty The poems that make the collection ज़िल्लत की रोटी—The Morsels of Ignominy (Rajkamal Prakashan: 2006) must count as one of the finest that has come from the subcontinent in the...

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13. 05. 2016
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Free Me From The Poet’s Prison

  This is the translated version of an exchange between poet Rana Roychowdhury and Surajit Sen, published in Desher Agamikaal magazine in March, 2016.  Rana Roychowdhury is one of the most understated, elemental...

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06. 05. 2016

Fists That Turn Like Keys

Aishwarya Iyer __________________   [1] Splitting Seed   How often must we arise from this seed Yellow, nutted, moon-spent, tree-withered, The seed splits and leaves climb out, thus flow tears, Time spreads like...

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30. 04. 2016

Discrimination No Representation: Modernity & Plato

Rahul Govind ________________ Plato is one among the many unfortunate philosophers who are referred to more and more, read less and less. To this atrophied forgetting, Abrogast Scmitt’s Modernity and Plato: Two Paradigms...

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25. 04. 2016

Avinash Mishra: A Governing Tone of Stoic Regression

HUG ______   जो अकेला है उसे और डर दीजिए जो प्रतिबद्ध है उसे और उदासीनता दीजिए जो भूखा है उसे और नारे दीजिए जो सताया हुआ है उसे और अवसाद दीजिए जो...

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15. 04. 2016

‘Your Life Is Writing. So, Write.’

Andre Gorz ______________   Here is a short section from the open letter of love and despair written by renowned French philosopher André Gorz to his British-born wife, Doreen. (later published as Letter to D....

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23. 03. 2016

Luminous, A Fleck O’ Caress

Dipanwita Sarkar _________________   One yellow, tri-cornered fruit. and contaminated all evenings. your garland-chandan on my palm, cherished melodies, eddies dragging like ma’s breasts…over the close-fisted yamuna, through paradise-thickets, pray, who had let...

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18. 03. 2016

Chora Bato: None of the Pathways in Darjeeling is Straight

Parimal Bhattacharya _____________________  In Tenesse Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, the heroine takes rides on a streetcar line named  Desire to come to the city center. In New Orleans, there really was...

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09. 03. 2016

Jo Hona Tha Hona Tha, Jo Nahin Hona Tha Hona Tha: Poetry in Turbulent Times, HUG with 5 Poets in Varanasi

Poetry in Turbulent Times. HUG in Varanasi, with Ashtabhuja Shukla, Pankaj Chaturvedi, Vyomesh Shukla,  Avinash Mishra and Siddhant Mohan. ___________________   On the sidelines of the Hindi Yuva Kavi Sangam, 2016, held at Benaras...

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