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Chronicling courtesans

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

| Feb 11, 2020

The marriages in-between

A review of Sidharthan Maunaguru’s 'Marrying for a Future: Transnational Sri Lankan Tamil Marriages in the Shadow of War'.

| Jan 29, 2020

Centring the colonised

Priyamvada Gopal’s book throws new light on transnational and class solidarities.

| Jan 13, 2020

Literary sandbox

Tibetan fiction’s two overused themes of politics and religion limits experimentation

| Sep 28, 2016

Purchasing power

An anthology of Indian short fiction explores the dynamics of prostitution.

| Aug 19, 2016

The eddies in the boundary

Goutam Ghose’s 'Sankhachil' over-simplifies West Bengal-Bangladesh border politics.

| Jun 22, 2016

Bad trouble man

What does a 19th-century Ladakhi pony herder’s autobiography look like?

| Nov 03, 2015

Surrealist Pakistan

'Hasan Ki Surat-e-Haal' marks an important formal departure from Pakistan’s Urdu literature.

| Jul 15, 2015

The poetics of a holy death

A new collection of poems on Benaras explores the city’s depth and complexity.

| Jan 13, 2015

Reading the nation in war

A review of Gita Viswanath’s book on Indian military literature and Hindi war cinema.

| Nov 14, 2014

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