We, at Speaking Tiger are deeply saddened by the demise of veteran journalist, human rights activist and author Kuldeep Nayar. We express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
‘“Where is it written that a Bhangi’s son must become a Bhangi?”
“In our poverty. In our dharma. In our country.”
“What dharma? If it breaks a person and turns him into an animal, is that dharma? In this country that invests greater significance in a stone than in a human being? I will not heed such a dharma. If it has given us only this poverty, this deprivation, then it behoves us to reject it. But we are not going to do that. I will. Just let me pass my examinations…’
‘He looked at me and I saw the tears leaking out of his eyes. His nose was starting to run, as though the tears were trying to find an alternate route. “But I need to tell you, I can’t lie anymore…” his voice was tiny, like a whisper. But a very broken one.’ Scroll carries an excerpt from Paro Anand’s new book The Other: Stories of Difference.
‘I am motivated by the things I see and the people I meet. I am also motivated by untold stories, small beautiful stories that I find all around me in the unlikeliest of places that I wander around in. Conversations motivate my emotions, and I write from that place.’ Author ZP Dala tells Medha Dutta that her writing is motivated by related experiences, where the beauty of words extends into the poetic and lyrical.
In She Goes to War, Rashmi Saksena presents the lives of women who have been crucial operators in insurgencies in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Kashmir. This excerpt is about the Manipuri faith healer Purnima, who was once a dreaded killer. Click here to read an excerpt from the book.
Book launch of Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India by Madhavi Menon. Acclaimed author Mahesh Rao was in conversation with Madhavi Menon. Click here to view the album.
In her new book Beyond Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics, Wendy Doniger writes about the convoluted reasoning and origins of Hindutva’s love for ‘mythoscience’. Click here to read an excerpt.
‘Dala’s 247-page lyrical narrative is women-centric, and understandably, female characters are much stronger than the male ones. The pattern is discernible. Every male character in the novel has a serious flaw, almost a detestable one, but there is a desirable attribute as well which keeps the women hooked on to them.’ Book review of The Architecture of Loss by Zainab Priya Dala.
Istanbul Istanbul: A novel by Burhan Sönmez and translated from Turkish by Ümit Hussein, has won a new international literature prize launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Click here to know more.
Book launch of The Architecture of Loss by Zainab Priya Dala. The author was in conversation with Urvashi Butalia, Publisher, Zubaan Books. Click here to view the album.