Literature

Literature

Is Kashmiriat dead? Long live Kashmiriat!

In the backdrop of fundamentalism, gloom, terrorism, there is hope. Arzan Nath and Gul Nisaar, a Kashmiri Pandit and a Muslim, had to suffer. Here’s a story how humanity wins by Tribhawan, exclusively for Different Truths. The sound of gun fire was less fearful than the silence. Their eyes were blood shot. Tears had simply […]

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Puppy Love: The K9 Kind

Humourist Soumya talks about canine love, with paroxysms of emotions, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The first canine love in my life was my grandfather’s Daschund, Bhulo, sleek black and short, who would let me cuddle her, which I did whenever we visited. She had a keen musical ear and would join […]

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My First Kiss

Here’s a candid poem about the first kiss by Soumya, in Different Truths. I do not remember my first kiss And I doubt if you do For when I received this first kiss My age was a minute or two.   Over the next decade or so I must have been kissed by many But […]

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Centre Point

Here’s a sensitive and evocative poem by Kabir, in Different Truths. While she revolves with her neighbours We initiate our own story Some with a sob while others with a curve Many with massacred monuments Few with evolved finger – like towers Hundreds enjoying the foreign ingredients Two or three with a lap full of […]

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Novelist Manju Kapur Exposes the Reality of Generation Gap after 1947

Basudeb features Manju Kapur, a post-1947 novelist, an important feminist writer. He critiques her novels, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. One of the most important features of the Indian woman novelists in English after 1947 is that most of them are well exposed to the western culture and civilisation. Though the fact is […]

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The City of Dreams

With a perfect image of small town girl carrying a suitcase full of memories and a diary full of dreams and longings, Varisha took her first step into the city of her dreams. Here’s a short story by Sehar, exclusively for Different Truths. When a child begins to dream in India, there are many conventional […]

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Save the Women…

A woman-centric poem where a hapless rape victim becomes a saviour of the weak and the feeble, by Sarala, in Different Truths. Far away in that distant valley A feeble cry of a young girl heard The beautiful valley has witnessed A lovely petite looking girl being raped By an uncouth merciless gang No one […]

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Desperate Lies

An intense soulful poem by Deeya, in Different Truths. Always come to me in desolate nights when I speak the language of salt in the sea; of charcoal madness of brine in my hair the distant cry of a seagull on foam   Oh! Come on, the years spilt on your shoulders and breast of […]

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Rousseau: A Citizen of Geneva and a Truest Cosmopolitan

Rousseau was not shy about his disdain for cosmopolitanism. In his political treatise, The Social Contract, he identified the cosmopolitan as a person who “pretended to love the whole world in order to have the right to love no one.” At the beginning of his pedagogical treatise, Emile, he placed a similarly cutting remark. Later […]

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Gita Mehta: Exposing the Commodification of the Millennium-old Indian Values by the West

Gita Mehta’s fictional writings are a revolt against the Western way of looking at Indian life and culture. An important post-colonial Indian woman writer, she is dogma free to receive and internalise epoch-making ideas of the West. At the same time, she is a staunch votary of India’s millennium old tradition and culture. Basudeb profiles […]

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