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Dis-illusions: A Treatise

Would you go so far as to term disillusionment a loss that beats the ferocity of death itself? The mistimed slashes of the sickle notwithstanding, death is a constant that one gradually internalises to expect and withstand with a ritualistic pinch of salt, as devastating

Memoir || Of Classics and the Neo-litterateur

One of the many advantages of having an English major for a mother was the introduction of classic literature at an age when most toddlers confuse their fairytales or stumble on their names. Besides, the Victorian manor I was lucky to grow up in had

Is the Soul Immortal? (Swami Vivekananda)

“None has power to destroy the unchangeable. — Bhagavad-Gita. In the great Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, the story is told how the hero, Yudhishthira, when asked by Dharma to tell what was the most wonderful thing in the world, replied, that it was the persistent

Drama || A Moon of Jupiter (Pothik Bagchi)

SCENE ONE Two men post an informal dinner. The setting is a drawing room. The background has the impression of a starry night – a blank canvas dotted with bluish-white, red and green dots, twinkling as if stars. There are two couches on the stage.

Special || Kalidasa: Interweaving Nature and the Feminine

Greatest of all ancient poets and dramatists, ‘Kanisthikadhisthita’ Kalidasa is not only a source of inspiration for connoisseurs of Sanskrit literature but for aficionados of Indian Literature in general. His ornate, matured but at the same time, youthful poems appear to stem from his heart

Special || Centenary: Shree Sombhu Mitra (1915 – 2015)

The transition of Bengali theatre from its purely commerce-based identity to where it was artfully employed by predominantly political outfits such as the IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association) as a means of communicating ideologies en masse, did not do much in lieu of working towards