Culture

Will a new multiplex revive Kashmir’s cinema culture?

India-administered Kashmir opened its first multiplex in September 2022 after nearly three decades

The Muslim-left legacy of an Urdu library in Mumbai

The Awami Idara, rooted in a working-class Muslim neighbourhood, connects the long history of Southasian Muslim labour activism to political movements and events across Mumbai, Southasia and beyond.

| Jan 09, 2023

What Southasia read in 2022

Book recommendations from a year of reading by Southasian writers, poets, translators and journalists

| Jan 06, 2023

The cotton candy man

A short story.

| Dec 20, 2022

The paanwallah 

A devotee’s paean to the culture of paan.

| Dec 09, 2022

Queer notes on Begum Akhtar

Caste, sexuality and tawaif subcultures in postcolonial India.

| Nov 25, 2022

Still standing

Old Delhi’s Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library.

Of jujube vines, maishals and Kamatapur

Reading Rajbanshi poetry in English.

| Sep 06, 2022

India’s vanishing pasts

On the Idara archives' efforts to preserve Deccan literary, artistic, and historical cultures.

The craft of writing

T Padmanabhan’s art in Malayalam literature.

| Jun 07, 2022

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