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…

Has It Been Love?

Has It Been Love?

It came to me as a WhatsApp message. The link to Arya Dayal’s throbbing rendition of the poem “Sakhavu” (“Comrade”). I was in the middle of work; it was way past midnight. And suddenly, the raw unplugged emotion triggered my underlying juvenile impulse. It was a welcome change from adult work: I sat down and…

Vaikom Mohammed Basheer

Vaikom Mohammed Basheer

K Satchidanandan Photo courtesy http://onlinestore.dcbooks.com/author/vaikom-muhammad-basheer Vaikom Mohammed Basheer (1908-1994) belongs to the democratic tradition in Indian literature, a living tradition that can be traced back to the Indian tribal lore including the Vedas and the folktales and fables collected in Somdeva’s Panchatantra and  Kathasaritsagara, Gunadhya’s Brihatkatha, Kshemendra’s Brihatkathamanjari, the Vasudeva Hindi and the Jatakas. This…