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By Sucheta Chakraborty · In conversation with Sumithra Prasanna about her film Stateless in India, and her experiences of filming through Assam as the state grappled with the repercussions of the N.R.C.

Contents

A Bit of Magic Realism

In conversation with Varun Thomas Mathew about his debut novel, the nostalgia of city life, and the relationship between magic realism and memory.  

Point of Pain

In conversation with Annie Zaidi about her new book Prelude to a Riot, inequalities within South Asia, and why we can never escape home.  

Meat-and-Greet

In conversation with Bhaskar Hazarika about his critically acclaimed film Aamis, and its place within a genre that combines the bleak with the beautiful.  

Book Review: His Father’s Disease

Aruni Kashyap's stories call for greater humility, acceptance of difference, and keeping our strongly held (maybe even ill-formed) opinions about others to ourselves.  
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New Writing Vol. 6

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Interviews

  • Varun Thomas Mathew

    A Bit of Magic Realism

    In conversation with Varun Thomas Mathew about his debut novel, the nostalgia of city life, and the relationship between magic realism and memory.
  • Annie Zaidi

    Point of Pain

    In conversation with Annie Zaidi about her new book Prelude to a Riot, inequalities within South Asia, and why we can never escape home.
  • Bhaskar Hazarika Aamis

    Meat-and-Greet

    In conversation with Bhaskar Hazarika about his critically acclaimed film Aamis, and its place within a genre that combines the bleak with the beautiful.

Features

  • Fertile Baldness

    Fertile Baldness

    Shame, non-acceptance, and exclusion unfailingly accompany baldness. But baldness can be fertile, too—for humour and style, if nothing else.

  • Bombay

    Verticals

    Modern, Western-aspiring society has a crisis of lifestyle; its problem is not its physical distance from nature, but its emotional distance.
  • Woman in Charge: Gram Sabha

    Woman in Charge: Gram Sabha

    Tara wished she could speak more at these meetings, but there were important people here. She had to make a good impression.

Reviews

  • His Father's Disease Aruni Kashyap

    Book Review: His Father’s Disease

    Aruni Kashyap's stories call for greater humility, acceptance of difference, and keeping our strongly held (maybe even ill-formed) opinions about others to ourselves.
  • Kumbalangi Nights

    Film Review: Kumbalangi Nights

    Facial hair plays an important role in Madhu C. Narayanan’s Kumbalangi Nights, a film that brings to the surface the perils inherent in popular notions of masculinity.
  • Celestial Bodies

    Book Review: Celestial Bodies

    Jokha Alharthi’s Man Booker International Prize-winning novel employs elaborate and poetic prose as it gazes into Oman's cultural bounty.

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