Chandni Begum: A Novel

Chandni Begum: A Novel

    When interfaith marriages took place in the upper classes and among families of equal status, the parents usually kept quiet. The children of these couples were given indistinct names like Kabir, Rahil, Samir, Mona or Seema, or Russian ones like Mira, Zoya, Natasha. Eid and Diwali were celebrated as cultural occasions in their…

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…

Reader, Translator, Friend: Remembering Lakshmi Holmström

Reader, Translator, Friend: Remembering Lakshmi Holmström

The acclaimed translator and anthologist Lakshmi Holmström died on May 6, 2016 in Norwich, UK. Shashi Deshpande and Githa Hariharan pay tribute to Holmström’s work and the friendship among them. Image courtesy The Hindu It was late night when the telephone rang. The caller was Lakshmi Holmström, and she immediately said, without any introduction, “I…

Translating Rohith Vemula’s Poetry

Translating Rohith Vemula’s Poetry

  The Centre for Translations at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, organised a translation workshop on February 8, titled ‘Know in your Language, Communicate in your Voice: Translating the Works of Rohith Vemula’.  The invitation to the workshop read:   Rohith Vemula’s suicide note has rocked the political imagination of our republic, because it points…