The Colonial Roots of Racism

Anushka Chatterjee In an increasingly violent world, with constant news of death and destruction, questions regarding how it is possible for one group of humans to inflict such violence and exploitation on another are often asked. These are certainly complex questions...

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Sing street: Film Review

Anuradha Mukherjee “You can never do anything by half; do you understand that?” young Raphina once said, speaking of art, and of life. While the plot reads like a typical teenage romance novel, Sing Street is a movie that progresses much beyond the popular genre of...

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Fashion and colour with Woody Allen

Anuradha Mukherjee Aesthetics of Fashion Often downplayed yet rarely unnoticed, costumes in the films of Woody Allen have inspired global fashion trends for years. Annie Hall prospered greatly as a film, but its triumph didn’t stop at its directorial and narrative...

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Bicycle Thieves: Film Review

Anuradha Mukherjee ‘Bicycle Thieves’, a 1948 Italian masterpiece by director Vittorio De Sica, introduces us to a simple family struck by the consequences of the second world war, the movie depicting ever-cheerful Ricci and his struggle to find a job to make ends...

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6:38 AM

Anuradha Mukherjee 6:38 am Dawn snuck in past the curtains, uninvited yet spreading across every surface, slowly chasing the flimsy shadows away. The phone screen that illuminated my face through the night slipped in importance, my attention shifting to the strange...

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Sit still and be still

Anushka Chatterjee Sit still and be still. Stop and stay. Breathe. Meditate. Revel in the knowledge that we are all seekers with infinite questions but no truth to discover. Revel in the knowledge that nothing is everything and everything is weightless. We are all...

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First Touch –

Anushka Chatterjee Pale wings fluttered in the fading light, edges dipped in shimmer. Shadows stretched and awoke, yawning away the sleep. Light faded but also brightened. Spots of bright red and orange, streaks of burning heat atop delicate stems of wax. The wings...

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Ashwati

Anushka Chatterjee A gust of wind following a butterfly, tracing patterns into the fabric of sunlight, tripping through leaves rustling with dead secrets and whispers of brooks fed with liquid laughter. Laughter that echoes through rooms of a home filled with gold...

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I Love you are You are the Best!

Conversations with young parents It is a deliciously cold rainy morning in Coonoor as the parents of the St. Joseph’s fourth standard troop into the auditorium, looking just a little anxious. There is a slight trepidation often brought on by a visit to your child’s...

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He, My Beloved CJ

Translation of Rosy Thomas’s Malayalam ‘Ivan, Ente Priya CJ’ First published in the Journal – The Book Review on http://thebookreviewindia.org/ Translator: G. Arunima Publisher: Women Unlimited Pages: 178 Price: Rs. 350 Playwright par excellence, literary critic,...

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The Power of Completion

A friend who has let you down, a relationship where you have let down the other, a son who will not speak with his father, a mother who cannot forgive her daughter… All of us have ‘incompletions’. An incompletion in a relationship is one where something critical is...

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A terrorist lives Inside me

A terrorist lives inside of me. Every time I abuse someone silently. Every time I slam a door. Or preach ‘Why can’t you….’ Or shout, ‘How dare he!’ And hug my holier-than-thou self. Every time I curse in impatience. Point my finger in shrill, indignant protest or...

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Heavy Threads by Hazel Hall

When the dawn unfolds like a bolt of ribbon Thrown through my window, I know that hours of light Are about to thrust themselves into me Like omnivorous needles into listless cloth, Threaded with the heavy colours of the sun. They seem altogether too eager, To...

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The Patience of Ordinary Things

It is a kind of love, is it not? How the cup holds the tea, How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare, How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes Or toes. How soles of feet know Where they’re supposed to be. I’ve been thinking about the patience Of...

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Green Mangoes

The afternoon sun beat down as Didi squinted up at the mango tree. “I got it,” Rinku said as she managed to pluck the fat green one. Shall I get that other one?” “No! Come on down now…they’ll wake up.” “Did you get the salt and chilly powder?” “Yes – in my pocket.”...

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Fireflies

As the car crunches up the hill, a thin rain continues to fall. A shaggy, mud brown dog shakes the water off his back. A longhaired family of graceful black goats is climbing up the hillside. Clusters of Deodhars along the slopes stand quietly draped in mist. The...

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Alive In Her Memories

She woke up at six as usual. It had become a ritual for her to wake up early and she didn’t even require the alarm anymore. She walked into the bathroom and washed her face, bunching her hair into a bun as she walked down the stairs to the kitchen. Her footsteps...

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Aligarh – The Movie

I avoided watching Aligarh for a long time in spite of its rave reviews, mainly because I try not to watch depressing films. So I ended up watching it only last week when Tata Sky was showcasing a few films from MAMI, the Mumbai Film Festival, which I believe opened...

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Gulzar

मुझको भी तरकीब सिखा कोई यार जुलाहे अक्सर तुझको देखा है कि ताना बुनते जब कोई तागा टूट गया या ख़तम हुआ फिर से बाँध के और सिरा कोई जोड़ के उसमें आगे बुनने लगते हो तेरे इस ताने में लेकिन इक भी गाँठ गिरह बुनतर की देख नहीं सकता है कोई मैंने तो इक बार बुना था एक...

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Tagore

If You Did Not If you didn’t fill my soul with love Why did you fill the morning sky with song? Why the garland of stars, Why the bed of flowers? And the south wind whispering secrets in my ear? If you didn’t fill my soul with love Why does the...

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Now books for every soul

A Bengaluru based startup lets you subscribe to books and goodies every month With an aim of bringing book lovers together, Surabhi S Rai and Desh Deepak set up the Big Book Box that offers subscription box services bringing books to your doorstep every month. With an...

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Rev. Fr. Ed McGrath SJ

  The deity in the temple has left. The last and the most beloved of our founding Fathers has moved on. XLRI is orphaned. Yet we cannot complain. He has left the institution stronger than ever. The values etched deeply into its psyche, his life a lesson till he...

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