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

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