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Mind Your English

Indian kids in cosmopolitan cities are growing up largely monolingual as English becomes the de facto language of choice.

Bard Knows No Boundaries

In what can be termed as one of the most romantic colonial hangovers, Shakespeare continues to inspire a generation of Indians. The poet has been able to cross over and become adopted in mainstream Indian culture.

Shakespeare And Bollywood: To Be or Not Be?

What makes Shakespeare so seductively fascinating and relevant to Bollywood is the commonality of tensions and issues that plague mankind — immigration, racism, sexual violence, homelessness, etc. These leit motifs do not belong to the privileged, elitist, educated or intellectuals, but to the human race, rooted as they are in human nature.

Dreams Lost and Found

Three recent books by overseas Indian writers, two fiction and one nonfiction, deal with the heartaches, trials and triumphs of emigration. The authors honestly and eloquently chronicle how leaving one’s past behind and starting over can result in loss, mourning and sacrifices.

Chitra Divakaruni: Truth is Complicated

The lives of Indian immigrants are central to Chitra Divakaruni’s work. Her focus is shifting to include children of immigrants who face a different challenge in assimilating into the world they live in.

Hey Ram

Mispronouncing Indian Words. Is it Raamaa or Raama

Is The Spelling Bee Success of Indian Americans a Legacy of British Colonialism

South Asian American spelling success is connected to the history of this ethnic community’s immigration to the United States.

Tagore And His Women

He strongly believed in fighting for women’s upliftment using his pen as a weapon.

Calligraphy in India

Calligraphy has moved across paper, coins, seals, metal objects, copper plates, arms and armors, etc., wherein it also blended with flora and fauna designs.

India’s First Renaissance Man

Ab’ul Hasan Yamin ud-Din Khusrow (1253-1325) or Amir Khusro, as we usually know him, seemed to epitomize the assimilative nature of India.

Perchance to Dream

In literature, dreams as inspirations, settings or plot devices are wide-ranging, right down to J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer.

Storytelling in Kashmir

It was so participative that in between his narrative, the storyteller would ask someone in the audience to repeat the last line of the tale.

Existentialism’s Genesis in 19th Century Urdu Poetry

A consistent but concise definition of Existentialism is difficult to frame, but Sartre came closest in describing it as “the attempt to draw all the consequences from a position of consistent atheism.

Indian Diaspora in Fiction

Politicians, business magnates, sports stars — the Indian diaspora has done well for itself in its new homes around the world.

Lucknow City of Poets

A long-standing convention divides the Urdu ghazal tradition into “Dabistan-e-Dehli” and “Dabistan-e-Lakhnau” .

You Said It. We Loved It

A tribute to R.K. Laxman, arguably the greatest ever Indian cartoonist.

Digital Era Pulps Indian Pulp Fiction

There are no longer any potential writers or new readers because people are now more interested in television and using their mobile phones or the internet.

Virtuous Wrong

Scott Dadich, Wired editor in chief, advocates intentional wrong as a design virtue.

To Be or Not To Be English

English is a foreign language and I believe it can never be a language for social inclusion.

Pseudo Intellectual’s Day Out

The sudden craze of the hoi polloi to gatecrash into every cultural and literary event in India

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