India  /  Published 11.08.20

Indori's words took a life of their own

Urdu poet Rahat Indori, whose powerful and lucid poetry filled halls, connected with the young and old alike and lent itself to protests against oppression such as that against the new citizenship reg...
By PTI in Indore

India  /  Published 23.04.19

Youth shayar fielded by Congress rings alarm for UP allies

In the middle of an impassioned speech on a Friday night, Congress candidate Imran Pratapgarhi, a young shayar whose Urdu couplets have struck a chord among youths, broke down. “Main bahari nahi hoo...
By J.P. Yadav in Moradabad

Books  /  Published 11.07.19

The sea was where the poet Pablo Neruda felt most at home

Many years later, as he sat down to pen his memoirs, Pablo Neruda was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to the sea. “The first time I stood before the sea, I was overwhelme...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Opinion  /  Published 24.11.19

The luminescence of Nabaneeta Dev Sen

That Nabaneeta was an exceptionally gifted person was clear to everyone who knew her. It is wonderful that on this sad occasion, there have been plentiful tributes to her exceptional literary talents,...
By Amartya Sen in

Odisha  /  Published 27.09.18

None to take care of Kenduli

The state celebrated World Tourism Day on Thursday, but Kenduli — a prominent tourist place situated 15km from here — continued to gasp for life. Kenduli, part of finance minister Sashi Bhusan Beh...
By Subhashish Mohanty in Bhubaneshwar

World  /  Published 29.04.19

Imtiaz Dharker could become England’s next Poet Laureate

Here’s a question for the readers of The Telegraph to bring up this morning over Coffee House adda.What do the following have in common: John Dryden, William Wordsworth, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Cecil ...
By Amit Roy in London

Jharkhand  /  Published 12.10.19

Hazaribagh link to Google’s doodle tribute

On Saturday, when the ubiquitous search engine Google gave a doodle tribute for its Indian users to poet, educator and feminist Kamini Roy on her 155th birth anniversary, few realised her Jharkhand co...
By Achintya Ganguly in Ranchi

Books  /  Published 09.08.19

Ogden Nash: The secret truths of rhymed unreason

The turtle lives ’twixt plated decks/ Which practically conceal its sex,” says Ogden Nash. “I think it clever of the turtle/ In such a fix to be so fertile.” This comic pithiness is also revea...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Opinion  /  Published 18.05.19

Do the British care for Indian elections?

How much coverage of the Indian general elections has there been in the British press? The answer is provided in an amusing tweet from the Channel 4 news anchor, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who has characte...
By Amit Roy in

World  /  Published 09.05.19

Cambridge University bell tolls for slave trade

What would Harivansh Rai Bachchan make of the fact that St Catharine’s, his old Cambridge College, has removed a bell from public display because of its likely association with the slave trade?Most ...
By Amit Roy in London


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