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Nawaid Anjum

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Father’s Day: How my seven year-old son raises me
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

My conversations with my son — filled with the wonders of innocence and the delights of discovery — have been my escape route throughout the lockdown; they have helped me navigate the gloom that envelopes humanity after the pandemic.

‘I want a literature that is not made from literature’
Sun, Jun 14, 2020

British-Indian poet Bhanu Kapil on her How to Wash a Heart winning the Windham-Campbell Prize and why she travels across genres

‘While the world is at pause, the world of the Sufis can never end’
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

While the annual Khusrau Urs at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya dargah, in New Delhi, may not be a physical celebration, the Rekhta Foundation brings together Sufi luminaries for a virtual festival today, from 8 pm to 12 midnight

It’s like living in a zoo, confined to your cage: Pulitzer-winning poet Jericho Brown on lockdown
Sun, May 17, 2020

The first Black gay poet to win Pulitzer on being a poet in the time of the pandemic and making room for tenderness, alongside violence, while writing about race, sexuality and faith.

May Day: How Urdu poets romanticised the working class
Fri, May 01, 2020

Urdu poets rage against the deprivations of labourers and farmers and have written about them in glorious terms, like irtiqa ka peshva (a frontrunner of evolution) and tehzeeb ka parwardigar (the nourisher of culture).

World Book Day: Reading in the time of corona
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

How the Indian publishing industry is coping with the crisis after the pandemic.

Cyrus Mistry: ‘Our lives are more deceitful than we admit’
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

The writer, whose new book The Prospect of Miracles is his first non-Parsi novel, on exploring the dark side of human relationships

Hard to Say Goodbye
Sat, Feb 15, 2020

Hungarian author Judit Hidas and Portuguese writer Clara Macedo Cabral reveal what Brexit means to them.

We are moving away from the novel, says ‘Show Them A Good Time’ author Nicole Flattery
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

Irish author Nicole Flattery on her debut and the resurgence of essays

Urdu and the young poets
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

It is not past that's on the young Urdu poets' minds; it's the future. They reflect on the state of the nation, talk of lighting candles amid darkness.

‘A language has to reach people’
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

In its sixth edition, Jashn-e-Rekhta will celebrate the richness of Urdu

After Rekhta skips ‘Urdu’ on posters of its annual festival, lovers of the language fret, organisers bring it back
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Jashn-e-Rekhta has a distinct Urdu flavour and brings together admirers of the language from the spectrum of academia as well as popular culture.

On her first India tour, Polish pianist Anna Lipiak hopes her music will tell her story
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

As she plays the notes, it is her simplicity and sincerity that marks her performance. Lipiak began her multi-city India concert tour from New Delhi on Saturday.

‘Sahir’s poetry is a beacon of hope’
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

On his 39th death anniversary today, a new book explores the enduring legacy of Sahir Ludhianvi

Turkish writer Çiler Ilhan on exile, language and writing as a challenge to mainstream values
Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Reading in three-four languages makes my world bigger. I keep comparing words, grammar between languages I speak well or little, try to find common features or the roots of words."

For a verse
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

In its 21st edition, Jashn-e-Bahar will see Urdu poets across generations and regions

The life and loves of Mirza Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal era
Sun, Jul 28, 2019

The Delhi that shaped Ghalib was a city in flux, but never short of pleasure or wit.

The novel is one of our last democratic spaces: Turkish writer Elif Shafak
Sun, Jul 21, 2019

The 47-year-old Turkish writer Elif Shafak on her new novel, the questions literature must raise and the muzzling of writers and artists in her country.

The many moods of the moon; Urdu poetry’s favourite muse
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Love, beauty, yearning and despair -- The moon is a multipurpose muse, at once a symbol of ishq (love), taqwa (piety), tanhaai (loneliness), hairat (wonder), khushi (happiness) and arzoo (longing).

Across the Black Waters
Sat, Jun 29, 2019

Set in the Andaman Islands in the decade prior to India’s freedom in 1947, it is the story of bleak and blighted lives caught in the vortex of history. It is also the story of wanton and gratuitous wartime cruelties.

Man Booker International Prize 2019 winner Omani writer Jokha Alharthi talks about her characters’ complexity
Sun, May 26, 2019

The Woman from Oman: In her first interview to the Indian media after winning the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, Omani writer Jokha Alharthi on her characters’ complexity.

As times get tougher, Urdu publishers find it increasingly tough to stay afloat
Sun, Apr 28, 2019

Facing financial constraints and poor distribution, the future of Urdu publishers is rife with uncertainty.

Long overshadowed, Irish women writers are courting global fame now
Sun, Apr 21, 2019

Today, Irish women writers are finding international recognition, and are being assessed on their own terms. They are being published and awarded, and young women writers are succeeding early on in their career.

The Great Game
Sun, Mar 31, 2019

Hamid Ismailov’s EBRD Literature Prize-winning Uzbek novel puts Central Asian literature in focus.

What I know about lines I learned from reading Virgil: Hannah Sullivan
Sun, Feb 10, 2019

UK-based Hannah Sullivan, 39, the 2018 TS Eliot Prize winner on the landscape and architecture of her poems.

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