Coming of Age In A Visual World

Last week, Salik and I made a short video based on a poem he wrote in Nepali about a revolutionary poet. It crossed a hundred views in a matter of few days. It’s a small but significant number for a poem. The popularity of film as a medium is partly due to its...

Asian Monsters, Edited by Margrét Helgadóttir

Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas began a series of coffee-table books on short stories about monsters from across the world. After traveling to Europe in 2014 and Africa in 2015, Jo Thomas had to step out, and Helgadóttir put forward a wonderful edition on Asian...

Ajapa Sharma – Calcutta: An Ode to an Unborn Life

Damp vapor engulfs my existence; the heat runs up to my ears. The city is a hallucination, dizzy with excess life – churning my stomach into a violent nausea. In the night, somewhere in the back yard, small lives hum and buzz, jackfruits drop – plop, burst open, and...
Wolfish Woman by Ajapa Sharma

Wolfish Woman by Ajapa Sharma

I. Entering Their Terrain Sometimes I walk licking my wounds into the territories of other women wolves. They greet me with a friendly grin as human wolves are trained to do but inside I know they are growling trying to shoo me away. As I amble on into their...

Art With Olivia Fraser

In 1989, when Olivia Fraser moved to Delhi with her then fiancée and now husband Willam Darlymple, it was evident that all things in the universe were ultimately connected. Her kinsmen, William and James Baillie Fraser, famous Company School art commissioners who had...
Celebrating the Language of the Margin

Celebrating the Language of the Margin

Mithila, the geographical space which spills across the messy border between Nepal and North India in Bihar, witnessed intense political churnings from mid 2015 to early 2016. On the Nepali side of the border, people of the plains in the small country sprung up in...