Reading/Writing

खाना सही अनुपात में खाएं हम में से ज़्यादातर लोग जब डाइटिंग करते हैं तो इसके अंत तक आते-आते अक्सर हमें कब्ज़,ख़राब मूड,रूखी...

  This is an excerpt from Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography covering his life from early childhood through 1921. Gandhi wrote it at the behest of his co-workers, who encouraged him to explain the background to his public campaigns.   CHILD MARRIAGE Much as I wish that I had not to write this chapter, I know that I shall...

  In March 2016, Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the JNU student union, was arrested on charges of sedition, locked up in Tihar Jail, and beaten up by lawyers in Patiala House court. He came out of the crisis a young political star. This is an extract from his memoir ‘From Bihar to Tihar’. I was made to strip, then...

  One of the greatest Tamil poets of all time, Subramania Bharati died in poverty. He gained enormous fame after his death, and there was an unprecedented popular demand to nationalize his writings. This is the story of the battle for copyright over a writer’s work in a newly independent country. Who Owns that Song?...

The expectations of widowhood did not sit well with Ayesha[Gayatri Devi]. Her mother [Indira Devi, maharani of Cooch Behar] had shunned all conventions when Jit[Indira Devi’s husband, the maharaja of Cooch Behar] died, rejecting any notion of living the austere life of a widow, such as renouncing worldly pleasures,...

This is an excerpt from the book The House of Jaipur: The Inside Story of India’s Most Glamorous Royal Family by John Zubrzycki.   Today nothing remains of one of Calcutta’s most glamorous residences. Built-in classical East India Company style, with Ionic columns and encircled by deep verandas, Woodlands was...

This is an extract from Pankaj Mishra’s book Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire Pankaj Mishra is the acclaimed author of seven books of fiction and non-fiction including, most recently, Age of Anger, winner of the Tata Literature Live! Non-fiction Book Award and a New York Times notable book.   The Culture...

                  ग्रेग चैपल के साथ वो सात दिन ‘तो आजकल तुम ऑस्ट्रेलिया की रंगीन रातों का लुत्फ उठा रहे हो?’ ग्रेग चैपल ने अपनी...

What happens when social animals like ourselves are forced to keep distance from each other? The present scenario is a Catch-22 situation. If you flout social distancing norms, you risk contracting COVID, but if you put a halt to socialising, you risk losing your mind! We certainly don’t want that for you! And so,...

This is an excerpt from Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Blood translated by Debali Mookerjea-Leonard published by Juggernaut in 2020. Sunil Gangopadhyay is one of Bengal’s best-loved and most acclaimed writers. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Those Days. He died in 2012. The translator Debali Mookerjea-Leonard...