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Bhaswati Ghosh

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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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Who is Abani, at whose house, and why is he even there?writinghome1DSC02644

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:43:39 +0000

[In the words of Brajendranath Mandal] Samir Sengupta Translated from the Bangla by Bhaswati Ghosh Originally published in Parabaas Half-dissolved, I slide into sleep Amid the heart’s distant pain. Suddenly, the night rattles my door, “Abani, are you home?” [‘Abani, are you home’ by Shakti Chattopadhyay] I never got to know Shakti Chattopadhyay in person. … Continue reading Who is Abani, at whose house, and why is he even there?(image)

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Bangladesh Now, Through the Lens of Mostofa Sarwar Farookiwritinghome1Television

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:12:48 +0000

Two films by Bangladeshi director, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki recently released on Netflix. I wrote a review essay on present-day Bangladesh as seen through the prism of these films. Read the full story in The Wire.Filed under: Films, Humour, Issues Etc., Reviews, Uncategorized Tagged: Ant Story, Bangladesh, Bangladeshi films, Bengali cinema, Humour, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, relationships, … Continue reading Bangladesh Now, Through the Lens of Mostofa Sarwar Farooki(image)

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Book review: How I Became a Treewritinghome1Print

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:59:54 +0000

First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday Title: How I Became a Tree Author: Sumana Roy Publisher: Aleph Book Co. I was in primary school when I first heard trees talk. On my way to school every day as I sat by the window of our school bus, leaf-laden branches of trees sashayed as the bus … Continue reading Book review: How I Became a Tree(image)

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In search of home and homeland: Seeking Palestinewritinghome1130225-seeking-palestine

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:51:31 +0000

Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home Penny Johnson, Raja Shehadeh, editors Olive Branch Press Your mother’s face once sustained you. Now you have to strain your memory to trace its outline. The place you were born in you can’t return to, even if it were so you could die there. You can … Continue reading In search of home and homeland: Seeking Palestine(image)

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Singing in Dark Times—a Manual for Encoding Dissentwritinghome1

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:43:11 +0000

First published in The Maynard Talk in whispers But make them so low-pitched That no one can hear Them. Not even the person You whisper to. Clever one-liners are Good. Check your Ambition in using them, though. Satire works well, too. It’s Always safer to quote a dead or Well-known writer. Post music, lots of … Continue reading Singing in Dark Times—a Manual for Encoding Dissent(image)

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