In the Name of Others

In the Name of Others

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee    In the Name of Others For Jo Cox, Orlando's queers, others I'm looking for you On this desert Island I wasn't wrong you are my people my neighbours – Tadeusz Różewicz, Conversation with a Prince, 1998 Each passing day, the clock turns its back on us. Time hangs on a murderer’s…

Two Poems by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

Two Poems by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

  Undetected Bookworm Where are your valiant warriors and your priests, Where are your hunting parties and your feasts?                                                 – Abolqasem Ferdowsi Shahrukh, grandson of Tamburlaine who rode in triumph through Persepolis,  commissioned a Shahnama,  a Book of Kings. ‘Inscribe in letters of gold the glories of my ancestors. Thus let my story too…

Our Dead Uncle

Our Dead Uncle

  On this Diwali my Didi sat to write a letter to our uncle who got killed in the  second war between  India and Pakistan. I was looking at Didi. And as I was looking at her the white cat,  the one which came to our home  only yesterday, now  all his body in fierce black,  came…

Poems by Sanjeev Sethi

Poems by Sanjeev Sethi

© Syed Haider Raza / via pinterest.com​ Helter-Skelter (1) Hyphens of hate criss-cross with apostrophes of  animosity to create a pastiche of uncertainities  and sureties: the gone had rib cages like you and me. They lacked our luck — or ill luck. When scops are sidelined and couturiers grace  the glossies, when tonsure artists are billed …

Lips turn the wheel of time: Three Poems

Lips turn the wheel of time: Three Poems

The Indian Cultural Forum invited poet Chandramohan S for a reading of his poems in our studio:     Killing the  Shambukas   Jim Crow segregated hostel rooms Ceiling fans bear a strange fruit, Blood on  books and blood on papers, Black body swinging in mute silence, Strange fruit hanging from tridents.   Lips turn…