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

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Feminism Is Still Not Inclusive: A Queer Take

These expectations from different genders and people who don’t believe in the construct of gender — or those who are agender, gender nonconforming, gender fluid or polygender — make us limiting. There’s so much that each one of us can do if and only if society places its fuck in appropriate place. Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Feminism Is Still Not Inclusive: A Queer Take

Violence Is too Narrow an Adjective for a Colossal Loss in Kashmir

“I knew I could not remain neutral or objective any more, although objectivity in research in much valued but here it was imperative for me to take a position – politically and emotionally – and it soon became clear to me where and on whose side I stood: by the side of the people and their struggle for justice.” — Sahba Husain Continue reading Violence Is too Narrow an Adjective for a Colossal Loss in Kashmir

Unruly Visions: Understanding and Interrogating Queer Diaspora Via Visual Culture

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora (Zubaan, 2019), is a work of immense scholarship by Gayatri Gopinath. Itis a quest to studying, evaluating and meditating queer studies and diasporic areas through different avenues of visual culture — movies, texts, photography etc. Continue reading Unruly Visions: Understanding and Interrogating Queer Diaspora Via Visual Culture

A Dazzling Anthology of Stories from Manipur by Manipuri Women

This anthology is full of stories that question the status quo. The ease with which each of these stories critiques the society, and the simple language in which they’re written is the quality that a reader will cherish every time one is reading this book. Debunking the popular patronization of a woman from Manipur — which is a result of efforts made by the tourism industry; their brochures full of coy dancing girls — what makes this work most authentic is its sheer originality and no misappropriation. Continue reading A Dazzling Anthology of Stories from Manipur by Manipuri Women

32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

Beginning with, literally, a print of an ‘acrylic on hand-woven nettle shawl’ and going on to traversing all the literary forms: short stories, personal essays, poems, slam poetry (performance poems), and each literary genre interrupted, and beautifully so, by painting prints, The Many That I Am: Writings From Nagaland edited by Anungla Zoe Longkumer (Zubaan, 2019) is a genre-defying book. Continue reading 32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times

The first time I learned about Oliver Sacks was via the only blog of its kind Brain Pickings. Maria Popova‘s (founder and author at Brain Pickings) wonderful article — Love, Lunacy, and a Life Fully Lived: Oliver Sacks, the Science of Seeing, and the Art of Being Seen — arrested my senses and I was introduced to, the person who will become a major inspiration for … Continue reading Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times