culture

The caravan of Sanuman

Translated excerpt from Dor Bahadur Bista’s Nepali-language novel ‘Sotala’.

In the presence of the gods

Shaligram pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalaya.

| Jul 06, 2021

Gobyaer

A short story.

| Jun 15, 2021

Journalists under attack, marine disaster in Sri Lanka, chasing monkeys, and more

Southasiasphere episode 08: Updates and analysis from around the region.

| Jun 09, 2021

COVID-19 travel bubbles, vaccine procurement, Churails, and more

Southasiasphere episode 07: Updates and analysis from around the region.

| May 14, 2021

Revisiting the past, reimagining a future 

How an art magazine found a place in India’s nation-building narratives.

| Feb 16, 2021

Who doesn’t put ghee in their khichuri?

On food and representation, online and offline.

| Sep 11, 2020

Chronicling courtesans

A new book documents the forgotten history of tawaifs – or courtesans – in northern India.

| Feb 11, 2020

Rain in Prague

A short story.

| Oct 25, 2019

From ‘Mother India’ to ‘Mission Mangal’

Homegrown technologies at the service of Indian nationalism in Hindi cinema.

| Sep 18, 2019

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Returning spoils of colonial conquest

Forgotten manuscripts in European archives may hold important keys to Northeast India’s past.

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