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Shanu Lahiri’s book ‘Tabled’ is a living installation of memories

Shanu Lahiri’s book ‘Tabled’ is a living installation of memories

The artist, who died in 2013, was an acclaimed renegade of the Kolkata art scene.

By: Kunal Ray Nobody who went to meet painter and art educator Shanu Lahiri at her Lake Town home in Kolkata ever left unfed. From fixing quick salads to preparing elaborate meals, there are numerous stories about her many experiments in the kitchen. Unsuspecting friends have found strange saags on their plate. The Oolong tea […]

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VS Naipaul: Colonialism in fact, fiction, and the flesh

VS Naipaul: Colonialism in fact, fiction, and the flesh

Naipaul personified what European colonialism, racist to the very core of its logic, had done to his and to our world.

By: Hamid Dabashi VS Naipaul has died. VS Naipaul was a cruel man. The cruelty of colonialism was written all over him – body and soul. VS Naipaul was a scarred man. He was the darkest dungeons of colonialism incarnate: self-punishing, self-loathing, world-loathing, full of nastiness and fury. Derek Walcott famously said of Naipaul that […]

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Jatin Desai: The Peace Traveller

Jatin Desai: The Peace Traveller

By: Ramu Ramanathan While India sleeps at the stroke of the midnight hour, Jatin Desai will be celebrating the Independence Days of India and Pakistan at the Wagah border. This chapter began in 2003 when he travelled to Karachi for the first time. But it was during his second visit to Pakistan that he realised […]

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V.S. Naipaul, My Wonderful, Cruel Friend

V.S. Naipaul, My Wonderful, Cruel Friend

By: Aatish Taseer V.S. Naipaul, who towered over the landscape of post-colonial literature, died yesterday. He was my friend, my mentor, my teacher. I learned about his death from a one-line email from his widow, Nadira: “Vidia has gone gently into the night.” Vidia, as Naipaul was known to his friends, was born in 1932 […]

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CHILD LABOUR :The crime against children, future

CHILD LABOUR :The crime against children, future

To successfully rehabilitate child labour withdrawn from employment and to reduce the incidence of child labour progressively, the focus should be on the environment of the child.

By: Dr .Tasaduk Hussain Itoo Child labour is a barbaric practice. It is barbarous because it is illogical, inhuman and against all ethics. In the past, the practice of child labour existed as proportionate to the social development. But lack of human awareness, did not allow people at large and social system in particular to […]

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Those fairly tales, the mysterious creatures; some heroics, some villainy!

Those fairly tales, the mysterious creatures; some heroics, some villainy!

A peep into the past-the wild animals in the grandma stories!

 By: Tahir Gazanfar The earliest I knew about the wildlife of the Kashmir was from the grandmas stories where a ‘Seah’ probably a leopard but with a description of a tiger would be heard visiting a nearby shrine every Friday midnight. The other was a ‘Yeach’ probably a Lynx (a wild cat) popping in human habitations […]

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How long will this Lampooning go on?

How long will this Lampooning go on?

By: Javid Rather I am writing this in context with the present scenario prevailing in Kashmir wherein every Tom, Dick and Harry has become judgmental and is pronouncing the sentences of his or her choice to deal with the teachers who resort to minding the students in order to make them abstain from what they […]

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STEROID ABUSE!

STEROID ABUSE!

AN INTERVIEW WITH HOLLYWOOD ACTOR CHRIS LEVINE

By: Dr. Tasaduk Hussain Itoo. A Los Angeles-based Hollywood Actor, Chris Levine, has been a victim of Steroid Abuse in his late teens/early twenties and after 10 years he came up with a movie titled “Anabolic Life” highlighting his battle with body image issue and thrusting into a world of steroids, crime and self-destruction. He […]

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GRAFFITTI: THE URGE TO SPEAK UP, STEP OUT!

GRAFFITTI: THE URGE TO SPEAK UP, STEP OUT!

By: Ganai Taiyba The term graffiti signifies the content scribbled, scratched, painted or drawn on walls that are usually in broad public view, using spray cans, hand art and other skills of writing, painting and drawings. The art form has emerged as a common mans urge to speak up and step out and convey something […]

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Inside the artist’s mind

Inside the artist’s mind

By: Sumit Chakrabarti A Life in Words is a volume of interviews of Paul Auster by I.B. Siegumfeldt. Apparently the book stirs the old debate about whether the writer should talk about his art at all, to ruin, by investing specificity in imagination, the magic of discovery or the wonderment in ambiguity. The artist, however, […]

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