Projects

By playfully traversing traditional boundaries with a range of collaborators and co-creators, we will feature poetry, stories, essays, film, audio and mixed media art. Join us as we explore diverse thoughts, mediums and voices.

Excerpts

A Love Letter to the Natural World

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare famously asked, and in this excerpt from Utter, Earth: Advice on Living in a More-than-Human World by Isaac Yuen, we explore just that. From shrews to bears and minks and everything in between, learn more about why bestowing a moniker is just as complicated in the natural world as the human one. Don’t miss this chapter from Yuen’s lighthearted, hilarious book, which is a true celebration of the world we inhabit.

Excerpts

Exploring Feminism and the Normalisation of Heterosexuality

What does it mean to be queer in India? In ‘Because I have a Voice: Queer Politics in India’, a book of essays edited by Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan, we explore just that. The anthology features the work of 27 queer writers from all over the country. Read an excerpt from Nivedita Menon’s essay, ‘How Natural is Normal? Feminism and Compulsory Heterosexuality’, which explores identity politics, disturbing the status quo, and the concept of compulsory heterosexuality.

Comic

Rest in Dreams

This comic, written and illustrated by Mia Jose, is a meditation on dreams—their mysterious nature, how critical they are to our reality and how bleak our waking lives can get when we don’t have them.

Personal Essay

Unheroic Journeys: Master Narratives and Collective Imagination

Storytelling plays a crucial part in shaping a collective imagination. Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey monomyth has had an outsized impact on storytelling for past decades. Starting with his own student, there have been a number of responses to his ideas about myths, gender and universality. In this essay we examine the pitfalls of the dominant heteronormative narrative and the need for diverse storytellers.

Excerpts

Braced for Impact: The Devastating Repercussions of Climate Disasters in South Asia

What happens after climate disasters strike? ‘Living with the Weather: Climate Change, Ecology and Displacement in South Asia’ (2023), an anthology of essays edited by Piya Srinivasan, explores just that, tracing the social, economic and political ripples created by such events. Read an excerpt from chapter five, Jyothi Krishnan and Abey George’s essay on the devastating aftermath of the Kerala floods.