22. 08. 2016

The Matter of History: Himalayan Mountaineering, its Archives & some Inexcusable Gaps

  Amrita Dhar _______________   The Flour and the Porters One summer morning a few years ago I was walking hurriedly across a stretch of Hyde Park in London. I was returning to...

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07. 08. 2016

Malayaj, A Letter: The Poet of Habit & the Poet of Collision

Malayaj:  A  Letter _______________ 2-4-1971   To: Sri Rameshchandra Shah 3/2, Professor’s Colony Vidha Vihar Bhopal 462002     Dear Ramesh Bhai, Your letter has arrived “hale and hearty”. I am sending another...

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16. 07. 2016

In This Mind I Stay, In that Mind I Keep

Jahir Hasan ______________ ash anyone, ash? ___________ that-house, I take a picture then I enter it. its resident beast emerges. i set ablaze the house. in that burning pyre I drop the picture...

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06. 07. 2016

Goatfooted, Fatcheeked: Goethe’s Venetian Epigrams

  Tight little alleyway – no room to squeeze between its walls – a young girl blocks my way, my rambles around Venice knocks me off my feet, the place, the come-on to...

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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


    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

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

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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