15. 05. 2024

Stunned Animals, Misunderstood Animals, Beatific Animals: Stray Reflections on ‘Allah Miyan Ka Karkhana’

[HUG reads Allah Miyan Ka Karkhana by Mohsin Khan. Trans. Saeed Ahmad. Noida: Rekhta Publications, 2023] A great humanist work is unpitying and naïve at once. Such writing brings us very close to...

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25. 04. 2024

Of Derrida’s Inheritance of Marx

                                                       Aniruddha Chowdhury More than one/No more one ~Specters of Marx                                                      In Read more [...]

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28. 11. 2023

Marginal Habitation, Spectacular Presences: Ramkinkar and the Elasticity of Margins

Pradip Kumar Datta In common usage the idea of the margins indicates a position that is outside the mainstream yet related to it. This provides a rich vantage point to critique the structures...

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27. 09. 2023

The Return of the Stone Age

[R. Chetankranti, Aatmadroh: New Delhi, Rajkamal Publications, 2023] Nothing catches the pungent flavour of masochist masculinity — and the helpless, misplaced obverse of such a state—which flags our schizoid times, as does the...

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13. 09. 2023

The Equitable Force of Destitution

HUG reviews: Nund Rishi: Poetry and Politics in Medieval Kashmir by Abir Bazaz. Cambridge University Press, 2023 What happens to the one who has drunk the nectar and found taste in wild vegetables?...

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05. 03. 2023

A Century Shimmers like a Star-studded Sky

[Amitabh: Samastipur aur anya Kavitaen. New Delhi:Nibandh, 2023] Prasanta Chakravarty The tightrope of real intimacy means trying to cultivate our common capabilities—for life is unembellished, plane and full of unexpected miracles; even in...

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25. 07. 2022

The Haunting of the Uprooting: On the Functionality of Revisiting Chinnamul

Aparajita De "Zaam na, zaam na; kisu teyi zaam naa" ("I won't leave, I won't; not for anything else, I won't leave), forty-three minutes into the first film made on the Partition, Chinnamul (The Uprooted,...

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22. 02. 2022

‘Footfalls echo in the memory’: Displaced Durgas and Migrant Forms

Subha Mukherji in Kolkata, October 2021[The author is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture, University of Cambridge] ‘Bhaager Ma’: Durga Puja, Barisha Club, Kolkata, October 2021. Photo: courtesy of the artist, Rintu...

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20. 01. 2021

“सच्ची कला चक्कर में डालती है”: An Exchange with Shiv Prasad Joshi

The poet and the essayist Shiv Prasad Joshi has recently written an essay in Pahal about the wellsprings of writing (http://pahalpatrika.com/frontcover/getrecord/321), on the question of holding a perspective and on modes of enunciation....

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15. 08. 2020

The Deceased Deer, Spring Moonlight and Shahaduz Zaman’s Jibanananda

  # 1927: a young Jibanananda Das musters courage to send his first collection of poems—Jhara Palok—by post to Rabindranath Tagore, requesting the great man for his opinion. Tagore reads the poems and...

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26. 07. 2020

What Are You Going Through?

Prasanta Chakravarty   “Secretum meum mihi: the absence of reticence among many modern writers, the taste for autobiography and confession, the habit of admitting the public to the innermost recesses of an intimacy...

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14. 07. 2020

The Geometric Elasticity of Force

   Prasanta Chakravarty    An Honest Letter An exceptional testament about the nature of violence in times of civil war appears in the form of a letter: the one sent by Simone Weil...

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01. 04. 2020

Catastrophe: Corpse of a Tree

Rana Roy   Our world is going through a crisis, caused by power and the will to overpower. Power to overpower nature works in tandem with the wish to overpower humans and creatures...

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08. 03. 2020

Brief History of Spitting: An Indian Account

  Arijeet Mandal             The first reaction after receiving a small cut or bruise in humans is to put it inside the mouth. If the bruise is in some other part of the...

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