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Community and belonging in Indian Jewish literature             Written by : Navras Jaat Aafreedi

Community and belonging in Indian Jewish literature Written by : Navras Jaat Aafreedi

2013 was an exciting year for Indian Jewish literature: two works of fiction were published, one in Hindi, the other in English. Sheela Rohekar’s Miss Samuel: Ek Yahudi Gatha (Miss Samuel: A Jewish Saga) is one of only two Hindi novels depicting Indian Jewish life, and the first Hindi novel in 52 years to explore the Bene Israel community, the… Read more →

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Fidel Castro A complex and nuanced comraderie

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Fidel Castro A complex and nuanced comraderie

Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, greets the author during a decoration ceremony in Havana, Cuba in 1983. The author and Cuban leader regarded each other as friends.  Miguel Vinas / Prensa Latina / AP   Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is hailed as a masterpiece and harbinger of the literary genre, magical realism, a style… Read more →

Dilemmas of Indian literary criticism

Dilemmas of Indian literary criticism

The history of Indian criticism in the past few decades has been the history of the varied responses to various challenges and the attempts to arrive at some critical canon that might help unlock and explain contemporary Indian texts. TRADITIONAL Indian poetics is in a crisis today. Its categories are proving clearly insufficient to explain several of the modern genres,… Read more →

Secularism in Arts Comes out in Full Glare

Secularism in Arts Comes out in Full Glare

ON the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) organised a three day seminar on ‘Secularism and the Arts’ from September 26 to 28, 2013. This seminar, held in the Sahitya Akademi auditorium, took place at a time when communal forces are going an extra mile to polarise the Indian masses on the basis of religion… Read more →

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