Culture Matters

The Karnatik world and its makers
T M Krishna
Excerpts from 'Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers' by T. M. Krishna.
The Abhangs of the Marathi Women Saints
Translated by Neela Bhagwat and Jerry Pinto
An excerpt from The Ant Who Swallowed the Sun
The creative and aesthetic dimension of the Urdu Ghazal
Gopi Chand Narang
Written by Gopi Chand Narang and translated from Urdu by Surinder Deol, The Urdu Ghazal explores a variety of influences on the ghazal, including Sufism, Bhakti movement, and infusion of Rekhta and Persian languages and culture. 
Three poems
Kamal Dev Pall
That religion Is impartial to those who are discriminated Is less injurious than intoxicants Is more important than cattle food.
‘Home’ as a site of oppression: Pulayathara
Paul Chirakkarode
Pulayathara explains how different an idea 'home' is, for the Pulayas and Paraiyars of Kerala, the supposed 'lower' castes of the land.
A radical biography in nine acts
Gautam Bhatia
The Constitution of India marked a moment of profound transformation—a moment when a people transitioned from colonial subjects to citizens of a free nation, but this book goes deeper than simply that by leading the reader through nine important cases.
The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic
Rohit De
The Indian Constitution is an exceptional document on many counts. The book is a record of this document’s endurance and the processes of its adoption.