Essays

The Little Publisher That Could

The Little Publisher That Could

By Sandip Roy 1

A stubborn devotion to quality and Kolkata characterises Naveen Kishore, the founder of Seagull Books, bringing Nobel winners and world literature to a bookshop near you, writes Sandip Roy

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Jackie and Tania

Jackie and Tania

By Margot Cohen 0

Escaping the Holocaust, many Jews found refuge in India. Margot Cohen tells the story of one couple who remade their lives in a gentle, generous Bangalore

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The Missing Link

The Missing Link

By Mamang Dai 0

What do mountain-dwellers feel about their homeland—those forbidding and entrancing, life-sustaining highlands? Mamang Dai ponders the mystique of the Eastern Himalaya in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Joys of the Unknown

The Joys of the Unknown

By Martin Moran 1

So much Himalayan lore is centred on the highest peaks, argues Martin Moran, that the glories of the rest remain unexplored

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The Hill and the Mountain

The Hill and the Mountain

By Bill Aitken 1

And the many continents in between. Bill Aitken on mountains as a means of self-discovery

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Ruined City

Ruined City

By Gautam Bhatia 0

An architect imagines a Delhi of the future. Dystopian? Yes, but Gautam Bhatia’s drawings should not shock—not in times like these

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What They Took

What They Took

By Sharif Elmusa 0

Once symbolic of progress, the tractor, recalls Sharif Elmusa, owned and loved by his family of Palestinian farmers, became a tool used in their literal uprooting, in the removal of the soil beneath their feet

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The Fortune Teller

The Fortune Teller

By Pallavi Aiyar 1

Much before iPhones and YouTube, a gaudy machine on our railway platforms provided entertainment and information. It’s all but gone, but a fortuitous meeting makes Pallavi Aiyar’s childhood spring to life

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V See and London

V See and London

By S Diwakar, translated from Kannada by Srinath Perur 0

How is one to stay rooted in a language and culture while remaining available to a wide range of influences? I wouldn’t know, but the ability to pull it off is something I admire, and something that seems common among…

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Morbid Curiosities

Morbid Curiosities

By Ambarish Satwik 0

Ambarish Satwik on his days as a student of anatomy, poking around in cadavers and studying photographs of extravagantly diseased bodies

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