02. 01. 2013

Aphorisms Twelve

Abhi Choudhury 1. Actually, every pronunciation has an objective. Some kind of outlandish and beautiful objective. As and when the speaker makes an utterance, every word brings forth a definite meaning to her,...

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27. 12. 2012

I’m not a Hollywood Star

Henri Alleg from: The Algerian Memoirs And , since our house was one of the few with a working telephone—the other lines had been cut for lack of payment—people would drop by often...

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22. 12. 2012

The Political Economy of Reading

William St Clair Last year, some of us were privileged to hear the first John Coffin Memorial Lecture given by Robert Darnton entitled 'The Devil in the Holy Water.' In that talk, by offering a...

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12. 12. 2012

Why Stephen Greenblatt is Wrong — and Why It Matters

Jim Hinch One year ago this month, Harvard Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt stepped to the podium at the Cipriani Club in New York City to accept the National Book Award for nonfiction. Greenblatt...

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10. 12. 2012

What’s in a Name!

Bhasha Singh [This is an excerpt from Adrishya Bharat, (Invisible India) Penguin Books, 2012. Translation HUG] Dabbuwali (Bengal), Baaltiwali (Kanpur), Teenawali (Bihar), Kamaai-Ka-Kaam Karne wali (Large swathes of North India), Tokriwali (Haryana-Punjab), Thottikar...

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02. 12. 2012

The Politics of Shaming

 Manash Bhattacharjee As the 5th annual gay parade in Delhi walked the streets with colourful pride on 25th November, 2012, I remembered the outrageously disturbing story two years back, which shook every gender...

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30. 11. 2012

On Space (s)

    Ronojoy Sircar This screen is space. Moving in and out of this space, are these words as they are being written/read right here and now. These words form a direction. Not...

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25. 11. 2012

The Afterlife of a Certain Body

Srirupa Prasad The news of Ajmal Kasab’s execution was sudden. Like everyone, I too was stunned. Despite my being aware of the obvious.  But what disturbed me deeply was the affective spectacle that...

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18. 11. 2012

To the Assembly of the Common Peasantry

Thomas Müntzer (spring 1525) On False And Unlimited Power, Which One Is Not Obliged To Obey.               All the popes, emperors, kings, etc. who puff themselves up in...

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14. 11. 2012

Vote Puja

Sumana Roy   ‘Since 1979, we have been celebrating Kali Puja in our house. But there is a history behind this tradition. ... One of my brothers was born on a new moon...

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09. 11. 2012

Between Translation & Composition

Geeta Patel   Miraji was a consummate poet of the streets, someone whose life was made replete through the journeys he took. Mehr Farooqi’s many eloquent portrait in the newspaper Dawn brings him...

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03. 11. 2012

Glitch

Avishek Parui —    When a 45-year old man with a beautiful wife and two teenaged kids still needs to watch gruesome violent videos all by himself every damn night to sleep well, you...

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30. 10. 2012

Marx & the Non-West (including Ireland)

Spencer A. Leonard with Kevin Anderson Last summer, Spencer A. Leonard interviewed Kevin Anderson, author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism(1995) and Marx at the Margins (2010). The interview was broadcast on August 2, 2011 on...

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25. 10. 2012

Letter from Iowa: Sunil Gangopadhyay

15 June, 1964 313 South Capital Iowa City, Iowa U.S.A       Sandipan, Right now I am resting beneath a largish tree on the bank of this river. Windy it is. And...

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