We Have Words

In these times of conflict, Nisha Prakash uses poetry to harness the incendiary power of words and their potential for change and healing.

Personal Essay

Raising Shirshendu’s Ghosts

In this insightful instalment of our Literary Devices series, Ujaan Ghosh scrutinises Gandhota Khub Sandehojanok (The Suspicious Odour), one of Bengali author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s best-known works. In this piece, he touches upon dehumanisation, casteism, and why Shirshendu’s ghosts aren’t actually scary.

Personal Essay

The Shapeshifting Archive

For the historian, all that is knowable is in the archive. But the archive is constantly evolving into new and unrecognisable shapes, says archivist Farah Yameen. This is the first piece in the Archives series.


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Personal Essay

If I Can Find the Right Shallot, I am Home

In this personal essay, Minoli Wijetunga talks about deep roots, new horizons, forging new connections and strengthening existing ones, self-discovery, and the importance of food for the soul.


Jasmine Mornings

Lina Krishnan writes about jasmine and fragrant memories with an artwork to accompany her lines.



In this eco-horror comic, written by Archita Mittra and illustrated by Rae Larson, two sisters grapple with generational guilt, climate change, myths, and the devastation of love and loss.


Talking Peys, Pisaasus, and Pulp Fiction: An Interview with Blaft Publications

In the next instalment of our Literary Devices series, Anjali Alappat chats with Rashmi Devadasan and Rakesh Khanna, co-founders of Blaft Publications, about the importance of translating regional pulp fiction, weird blind spots in Indian publishing, monsters from all over the country, and their plans for the future.

Personal Essay

Building a Noteworthy Life

Convinced of the transformative power of music, Child’s Play India Foundation teaches music to underprivileged children in Goa. Chryselle D’Silva Dias on how Beethoven and Bach can offer hope and joy, especially during difficult times.

Personal Essay

Missing the Trees for the Forest

While in the field, ecologist Pooja Choksi found herself slowing down for trees. Field guide in hand, she allowed herself to pause, admire the trees, and the communities surrounding them. It strikes her then that she’s no longer looking at trees as data, and is on the path to curing herself of tree blindness.


Case Verzi: A Resurgence of Sustainable Architecture in Romania

In Romania, a growing interest in eco-friendly architecture has led to the resurgence of clay houses and the introduction of cob. Oana Racheleanu writes about two very different women, united in their determination to build sustainable homes, spaces, and communities.