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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Lennan Sidh

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: The Lennan Sidh

For three years the bard has been the wellspring from which she has quenched her thirst. Three years of tramping in cruel weather have broken him. He would run from her if he could but he knows his legs could no longer carry him far enough. This is part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by our contributing editor Sudeep Sen.

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: I Am A Film

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: I Am A Film

This poem by Stephen Watts, the London-based poet, editor and translator, is part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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A Poet Steals my Grandfather’s Skull and other poems

A Poet Steals my Grandfather’s Skull and other poems

Four poems by Irish poet Eleanor Hooker as part of our newly introduced section Parnassus: Poetry, curated by our contributing editor Siddhartha Gigoo

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A Prostitute Celebrates Diwali and other poems

A Prostitute Celebrates Diwali and other poems

Four poems by author and translator Arvind Gigoo as part of our newly introduced section Parnassus: Poetry, curated by our contributing editor Siddhartha Gigoo

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Gariahat Junction

Gariahat Junction

Why did a pay cheque cost so much? Why could they never live and work in the same city?

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The Big Gulmohar

The Big Gulmohar

A yellow moon, entangled in the Gulmohar’s branches, sees no hope of freedom. The Gulmohar is in pristine splendour, even when not abloom. The moon blushes upon rising over the horizon in the evenings. She has no fear of getting caught in the Gulmohar’s branches for they aren’t bare any more.

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An excerpt from Mir Khalid's Jaffna Street

An excerpt from Mir Khalid's Jaffna Street

In 1989, an adolescent schoolboy from downtown Srinagar watched as his elders extricated themselves from university campuses, high-school grounds, handloom machines and farms to bear arms and fight a war of attrition against the Indian state. Twenty-two years on, Jaffna Street was born from his explorations of the human dimension of the conflict appositely termed the Kashmir tragedy.

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Examining history can be a way of learning about present: Shazia Omar

Examining history can be a way of learning about present: Shazia Omar

Shazia Omar, author of Dark Diamond, says reimaging history is not an act of falsification, but rather, may do more to illuminate the truth by displaying other sides of the story

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A Fare to Remember

A Fare to Remember

Baluchi, the pan-Indian signature restaurant of The LaliT Group, which specialises in authentic Indian food, offers a delectable spread

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To the Middle of Love: A collection that crackles with energy

To the Middle of Love: A collection that crackles with energy

Omar Sabbagh’s fourth collection of poems opens with a birth, ends with lament and a meditation on suicide, and in between, offers inventive twists on the age-old stories of identity, love and grief

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Shazia Omar's Dark Diamond: A riotous ride on a time machine

Shazia Omar's Dark Diamond: A riotous ride on a time machine

Shazia Omar's Dark Diamond transports the reader into a magical world, beyond past, present or future, the world of the writer’s imagination.

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World Poetry Day: The Enigma and The Theatre

World Poetry Day: The Enigma and The Theatre

Devdan Chaudhuri, contributing editor of The Punch, is also a member of Calcutta-based group Poetry Paradigm, which has collaborated with 27 establishments (cafes and hotels) in 8 cities in four countries who will offer a free coffee/tea with an original poem on March 21 to celebrate the UN World Poetry Day. This poem was written for the occasion.

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