Writerly Life’s Third Newsletter: Embracing a New Reality

For people like us, who have the gift of literature and can help themselves in the crisis, books are providing a great deal of support. And as usual, let us trust books more, and read more; and fight our inner demons by delving into the books that have, and will, show us the way. Reading books – this novel idea – has a cathartic value to it, and provides utmost relief, for anything, virtually anything. Continue reading Writerly Life’s Third Newsletter: Embracing a New Reality

The Haunting Reality of Being a Refugee and Queer in “Label Me”

The 27-year-old director of the 2019 one-hour feature drama Kai Kreuser says “Label Me” was supposed to be a cheesy romantic movie. We’re glad that it isn’t one. Kreuser took his own time during its development, which is probably the reason that this feature is layered, and portrays power dynamics among a closeted and out queer persons exquisitely. Continue reading The Haunting Reality of Being a Refugee and Queer in “Label Me”

Feminist Writings and Works of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

One of the fierce feminists of her times, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was a pioneering writer, too. In her lifetime she advocated women rights through her writings. This slim volume published by Zubaan and exquisitely translated from the Bengali by Kalyani Dutta covers her fabulist writings and a few poems, and closes with an unfinished work that’s left on her desk when she died a quiet death. Continue reading Feminist Writings and Works of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta’s Photo-Memoir “Wish You Were Here” Celebrates Not Only a Personal Life, But a Queer Movement

When I finished browsing through this heavy pink-covered hardcover book that has Paolo Sergio de Castro’s image on the front – who died of AIDS and the book is dedicated to him – with “wish you were here” in golden color, I was overwhelmed with emotions. These 128 pages, cover to cover, carries the making of someone; multiple landscapes that change as abruptly as does the subjects of assessment of Sunil. Continue reading Sunil Gupta’s Photo-Memoir “Wish You Were Here” Celebrates Not Only a Personal Life, But a Queer Movement