Sheet Sahasik Hemantolok by Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Translated from Bengali by Tutun Mukherjee Sheet Sahasik Hemantolok is a poignant reminder of universal truth. Age is a heartless abductor. Youth arrives with a lot of fanfare, like a king, it leaves surreptitiously, like a thief. The silent arrival of middle age is barely noticed – a couple of grey hairs, a wrinkle or […]

The Resignation (Tyagapatra) by Jainendra

cover of the resignation by jainendra

Translated from Hindi by Rohini Chowdhury “… No, I cannot analyse vice and virtue, morality and immorality. I am a judge; so I know the limitations of the system of justice. Which is why I say, those who have the authority to pronounce someone a sinner, basing their verdict only on the weighing and measuring […]

Shikhandini by Ashwini Shenoy

book cover of shikhandini by Ashwini shiny

There is a scene in the Hindi film Badla when Amitabh Bachchan refers to Sanjaya from Mahabharata. Tapasee Pannu cannot identify Sanjaya. On being asked if she knows the Mahabharata, she tells Bachchan that she had read it in childhood and she knows its basic storyline. Like most Indians.  We know the basic story of […]

Poetry book Poetic Howl 2, by Shashank Sharma

The blurb of Shashank Sharma’s poetry book, Poetic Howl 2, reads, ‘An intimate portrayal of life with its perplexing realities, Poetic Howl 2 encompasses a breath-taking casket of a fresh collection of Hindi poetry with English translations’. In reality, it’s a collection of dry, lukewarm and poorly translated Hindi poems which lack depth. Most poems […]

Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Haibun: A Unique Anthology

book cover of the FIRST Katha book of haiku, haibun and other forms of Japanese poetry

The FIRST Katha Book of Haiku, Senryu, Tanka & Haibun is a collection of 154 poems spanning the four genres, written by 35 poets from diverse backgrounds, bringing an Indian spin to these four-hundred-year-old Japanese art forms. Edited by Kala Ramesh, Johannes Manjrekar, and Vidur Jyoti, and illustrated by Surabhi Singh, the collection accentuates that […]

By Queerythm: The Queer Library Project

queerythm interview

Queerythm is a registered community-based organization for the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) people. Started as a support group (with regular monthly meetings on first Saturdays) for queer individuals, we aim for a society free of discrimination against gender and sexual minorities. We spoke to Prijith P K, President and Bharathan Iyer, […]

Nani Ki Naav by Harindranath Chattopadhyay

Book Cover of Nani Ki Naav, Hindi children's book

Nani Ki Naav, written by acclaimed poet Harindranath Chattopadhyay and illustrated vibrantly by Nirzara Verulkar, is a Hindi picture book for children over five – a perfect blend of education and engagement. Nina and her Nani (grandmother) decide to embark on an adventurous voyage, packing all the essentials they’ll need for this journey. Their trip […]

Tata Literature Live Festival: Tenth Edition

The tenth edition of the Tata Literature Live Festival was held from 14th November to 17th November, 2019. #TataLitLive always brings a plethora of insightful perspectives from a variety of authors across genres and formats. It is a networking haven for aspiring writers and literature lovers. Workshops, book launches, panel discussions and conversations were open […]

In conversation with: K. Satchidanandan

Celebrated bilingual poet, playwright, columnist, critic, translator and editor, K. Satchidanandan is among India’s foremost literateurs. The former Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi and Editor of the Akademi’s Indian Literature journal was the Poet Laureate of the 2019 Tata Literature Live Festival. At the festival, he spoke to Purple Pencil Project about the Sahitya Akademi, […]