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Art in Conflict, Conflict in Art
By Sucheta Chakraborty · In conversation with the makers of Raqs-e-Inquilab about creative freedom, censorship, the role of art in a time and place of crisis, and about the one-sided narratives of hate and fear about Kashmir and its people spread by the media.

Contents

No Easy Answers

In conversation with Nandita Dutta, whose book F-Rated examines Indian filmmaking through the eyes of eleven women directors who have been central to the industry across decades.  

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.  

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.  

Book Review: Milk Teeth

Amrita Mahale’s debut novel takes you on an engaging journey through the crowded streets and tiresome middle-class hypocrisy of '90s Bombay.  
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New Writing Vol. 6

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Interviews

  • Nandita Dutta

    No Easy Answers

    In conversation with Nandita Dutta, whose book F-Rated examines Indian filmmaking through the eyes of eleven women directors who have been central to the industry across decades.
  • Bystander

    Standing By

    Conceptualised by the Kadak Collective, the Bystander anthology is an ambitious crowdfunded project that aims to gather works created by a diverse group of over 50 South Asian creators from 13 countries.
  • Kia and Cosmos

    When the Cat’s Away

    Loneliness and loss, the perception of absence, and the choices that emanate from it are some of the themes filmmaker Sudipto Roy explores in Kia and Cosmos.

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

  • 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.
  • Milk Teeth Amrita Mahale

    Book Review: Milk Teeth

    Amrita Mahale’s debut novel takes you on an engaging journey through the crowded streets and tiresome middle-class hypocrisy of '90s Bombay.

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