Writings on Art, Literature and Performance


Hindu Nationalism’s Censorship of the Gods
Hindustan Times, Aug 3, 2022

The Novel and the Love Letter
Hindustan Times, July 21, 2022

Another Look at India’s Books: Reshma Aquil’s “The Unblending”
Los Angeles Review, July 17, 2022

Language for a New Landscape
Los Angeles Review, July 12, 2022

Another Look at India’s Books: Juliette Banerjee’s “The Gap-Toothed Banister: A Tale of Anglo-India”
Los Angeles Review, May 12, 2022

The Deception of Creative Writing
Hindustan Times, Apr 22, 2022

Another Look at India’s Books: Sanjay Seth’s “Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India”
Los Angeles Review, Mar 17, 2022

The Treacherous Modern
Literary Activism: A Series of Presentations and Interventions | Symposium III: Reassessments

Another Look at India’s Books: Lopa Ghosh’s “The Revolt of the Fish Eaters”
Los Angeles Review, November 10, 2021

Death of a teacher
The Telegraph, November 1, 2021

Crumpled spaces
The Telegraph, Oct 3, 2021

The beauty of the banal
The Hindu, Oct 2, 2021

In Conversation: On the new ‘Writer in Context’ Book series
Hindustan Times, Oct 2, 2021

Another Look at India’s Books: Sarabjeet Garcha’s Lullaby of the Ever Returning
Los Angeles Review of Books, September 14, 2021    

The Unmade Self
Arcade, Stanford University | Dibur Literary Journal | Issue 9 (Peripheral Modernisms)

The final curtain
The Telegraph, Aug 30, 2021

Three generations of unruly imagination
Speak, Aug 23, 2021

Another Look at India’s Books: Sunetra Gupta’s “A Sin of Colour”
Los Angeles Review of Books, July 6, 2021

First love, Last rites
The Telegraph, July 2, 2021

The failed success of the postcolonial reader
Los Angeles Review of Books, June 17, 2021

Where Satyajit Ray brings alive the genius of three generations of the Ray family in one book
Scroll, June 12, 2021

Essay: Remains of the body
Hindustan Times, June 2, 2021

What Does Untouchable Mean During India’s Covid Crisis?
Lithub, May 21, 2021

What do allies write about when they write (poetry) about feminism?
Scroll, May 15, 2021

Another Look at India’s Books: Basant Rath’s “Own Me, Srinagar”
Los Angeles Review of Books, May 11, 2021

Put your coat and tie on: Can the postcolonial reader read in English?
The Hindu, April 21, 2021

On the influence of Bhasha literature on Indian English writing
Hindustan Times, April 16, 2021

On Navigating a Polyglot’s life 
Lithub, March 22, 2021

Another Look at India’s Books: Out! Stories from the new Queer India
Los Angeles Review, March 9, 2021

How to read in a restless world
Hindustan Times, January 1, 2021

Another Look at India’s Books: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s “Why I Am Not a Hindu”
Los Angeles Review, November 25, 2020

How the pandemic has changed the idea of university literary communities dramatically
Scroll, October 14, 2020

Another Look at India’s Books: P. Lal’s “Calcutta: A Long Poem”
Los Angeles Review, October 7, 2020

Why the profusion of courses in India will not over-professionalise the practice of creative writing
Scroll, September 13, 2020

How to build a creative writing programme as part of academic courses at an Indian university
Scroll, September 6, 2020

Can creative writing be taught in universities? Is it not in conflict with academic rigour?
Scroll, August 30, 2020

Where does a writer go when the streets are stolen?
Hindustan Times, August 21, 2020

Another look at India’s Books: Manjul Bajaj’s “Another Man’s Wife”
LA Review, August 18, 2020

“Kolkata’s commercial theatre was built on literature, but was looked down on by the intelligentsia
Scroll, June 20, 2020

“Post-377: LGBTQ Literary Culture in India
LA Review, June 19, 2020

“The art and law of love”
Hindustan Times, June 15, 2020

“On the future of reading and writing under the shadow of the pandemic
Hindustan Times, May 27, 2020

“Saikat Majumdar shares the books he is reading
Indian Express, May 12, 2020

“Saikat Majumdar, author of ‘The Scent of God’, recommends these titles
The Hindu, May 6, 2020

“Eavan Boland (1944-2020): A tribute to the poet who wrote ‘Quarantine’, from a former colleague
Scroll, April 28, 2020

“Scent and Sensibility”
Punch, April 18, 2020

“The comfort of sickness”
Hindustan Times, April 4, 2020

“The Inheritance of Flaws: What the Indian Bildungsroman tells us about our nation,” The Hindu, Jan 17, 2020

“Playing for Love: The Amateur Critic Vs the Academic, Professional Critic,” The Hindu, Nov 30, 2019

“There may not be a word for lynching in most Indian languages.We need one.” The Indian Express, October 12, 2019

“Left in Polytheism,” Los Angeles Review of Books, October 2, 2018. Reprinted in Scroll.in     November 2, 2018

“Can the emotional power of art (and religion) be the solution to the problems of the post-truth world?Scroll.in, September 23, 2018

“Dreaming of the Hindu Left,The Hindu, September 1, 2018

“The lost art of public reading,” The Hindu, June 9, 2018

A world too close for comfort,” Scroll, June 2, 2018

“The Jewish testosterone: Philip Roth,” The Mumbai Mirror, May 24, 2018

“Unlearning to write: on loving and hating creative writing workshops,” The Hindu, April 29, 2018

“And thereby hangs a tale,The Hindu, March 3, 2018.

“Why are writers and critics around the world worrying about cultural appropriation?”Interview with  Scroll, July 1, 2017 

“2016 and the liberal art of life,The Hindu Business Line BLink, December 23, 2016.

 “Philip Roth: The American Writer who shouldn’t need the Nobel to be read the world over,” Scroll.in, October 15, 2015

“It’s 25 years since A Strange and Sublime Address has opened the gate to Indian Writers in English: a conversation with Amit Chaudhuri,Scroll.in, September 11, 2016.

“Memory and Place: A Conversation with Saikat Majumdar.” A discussion with Joseph Haske,Los Angeles Review of Books, April 21, 2016. Reprinted in Scroll.in, May 6, 2016.  

The Primal Place”, Hindu Business Online, forthcoming, April 16, 2016. 

“Indian Writers under siege: A roundtable with Githa Hariharan, Arunava Sinha, and Anjum Hasan.” Public Books, March 1, 2016; reprinted in Vantage, a Caravan Web Exclusive, April 3, 2016.

“A City Ignored by Calcutta and Kolkata,” Hindu Business Online, February 12, 2016

Introduction to Focus, Little India. “The Provincial Life of Cosmopolitanism.” American Book Review. September/October 2015.

“Kolkata’s decadent theatre.” Mint Lounge. Special issue on theatre. August 15, 2015.

“The Ashes of Pleasure: how the curtains came down on Calcutta’s professional theatre.” Caravan Magazine (September 2014)

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