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Bhaswati Ghosh

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Two Lights: Flash Fictionwritinghome1

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:08:03 +0000

First published as a part of a contest in The Clarity of Night “Coffee?” He exclaimed, without waiting for my reply, then jived his way to the kitchen, a song on his lips. I smiled. The rugged terrain and the daily dance of death had failed to harden him. I finished the painting with a … Continue reading Two Lights: Flash Fiction(image)

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Flickering embers in verse: Of venereal sores and poems that kill: The fiery legacy of Namdeo Dhasal and Amiri Barakawritinghome1

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:03:36 +0000

First published in DNA   By delving into the poetic oeuvres of Namdeo Dhasal and Amiri Baraka, two towering voices representing the marginal, one comes closer, in a somewhat unsettling way to the lives of the oppressed and the outrage such an existence can cause. With both poets, the blaze of words often leaps off … Continue reading Flickering embers in verse: Of venereal sores and poems that kill: The fiery legacy of Namdeo Dhasal and Amiri Baraka(image)

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The fabled crop of winterwritinghome120171110_094037.jpg

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:39:20 +0000

First published in DNA For the past two years, from the time of my intercontinental drift to North America, winter hadn’t coiled me in its viper-like grasp. I had thus brushed off warnings of “bitter, brutal Canadian winters” as hoax spun by hyperbolic weaklings. Then, the winter of 2013-14 happened. Like a nightly creature that … Continue reading The fabled crop of winter(image)

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Ma’s return journeywritinghome1Shantiniketan 036

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:36:20 +0000

A version of this poem first appeared in Trainsorm-An Anthology of Alternative Train Poetry The envelope flitted between your fingers, before you tore open the invitation. Not unbidden, nor unexpected, yet at once an exile, self-imposed. An escape (freedom seemed so selfish then) from Father’s disciplining, Mother’s drudgery, the dampness of never having enough. For … Continue reading Ma’s return journey(image)

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Secrets and memorieswritinghome1

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:00:43 +0000

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage Alice Munro Penguin Canada First published in DNA As I unroll the reels of my life’s movie, the stories of my mother and grandmother, two women who shaped my growing up unravel before me. All three of us have lives distinctly different from each other’s. Yet, when I look closely, … Continue reading Secrets and memories(image)

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The Rendezvous by Bhaswati Ghosh (flash fiction)writinghome1

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:37:49 +0000

You never approved of it as a meeting point; I always found it interesting. After all, the whole city’s lovers would converge in Victoria Memorial, Nicco Park, or even the not-one-bit romance inspiring Moidan. I found my intensive coaching for the IIT entrance test to be a boon. Stealing those few minutes by the graying … Continue reading The Rendezvous by Bhaswati Ghosh (flash fiction)(image)

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Satirical Films Have a Lot to Say About India’s ‘Baba’ Culturewritinghome1Stills from Mahapurush and Ab Ayega Mazaa.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:35:49 +0000

First published in The Wire Miracles, magic, superhuman powers, grand events – the works. Divine grace hides in samosas, the answer to fatal diseases in pranayama routines and relief from brutal office stress in pricey retreats and workshops. Science is debunked, its “helpless” limits made to capitulate before extraordinary and divine-blessed powers. The stories of … Continue reading Satirical Films Have a Lot to Say About India’s ‘Baba’ Culture(image)

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Book Review: Rashida Murphy’s ‘The Historian’s Daughter’writinghome1

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:29:40 +0000

First published in Cafe Dissensus Title: The Historian’s Daughter Author: Rashida Murphy Publisher: UWA Publishing, 2016 The Historian’s Daughter could well have been titled The House of Secrets. Isn’t that what a “house with too many windows and women” is likely to be? The historian in question is the father of Hannah, the novel’s secret-digging … Continue reading Book Review: Rashida Murphy’s ‘The Historian’s Daughter’(image)

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Cutting Through Mountains to Build a Statuewritinghome1

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:13:41 +0000

An excerpt from Somendranath Bandyopadhyay’s My Days with Ramkinkar Baij where the sculptor and painter shares with the author his experience of sculpting the Yaksha-Yakshi statues that stand outside the central bank in New Delhi. Translated by Bhaswati Ghosh Kinkarda’s innocence amuses me. He is oblivious to the gigantic cost of cutting through a mountain. … Continue reading Cutting Through Mountains to Build a Statue(image)

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India at 70: The Many Partitionswritinghome1

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:40:28 +0000

I had the opportunity to guest edit a special issue of Cafe Dissensus this month. It coincided with the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and partition. Read the full issue. Read my editorial.  Filed under: General, Issues Etc., Nonfiction, Reflections, Reviews, Uncategorized Tagged: book review, books, culture, Dalit, history, India, India@70, memoir, Partition, Partition@70, politics(image)

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