Writings on Art, Literature and Performance


“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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