The pursuit of an abiding passion often results in stunning creative output. Without any formal training, many creatives have left a meaningful impact through their life and work. Raja Deen Dayal, one such artist,
First published in 1886, the book ‘Hobson-Jobson’ is often referred to with amusement, largely due to its peculiar subject matter. Titled, ‘A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, and of Kindred Terms, Etymological,
The trope of the vain and vacuous woman has always been easy fodder for lazy poets and comedians. Nineteenth Century Bengal was no different. In the 1870s, the leading poet of Bengal, Hemchandra Bandhopadhyay,
Syed Abdullah Shah Qadri (1680-1757), popularly known as Bulleh Shah, was a Sufi poet and philosopher. His verses have long been rendered into song by popular musicians across the borders in India and Pakistan.
Abu’l Hasan (1569-1627) was a prolific artist under the Mughal emperor Jahangir who was honoured with the tile of “Nadir uz-zaman” (“wonder of the age”). Throughout his career, Abu’l Hasan painted a myriad of
The realm of science seems far removed from the subjective shades of grey that mark our existence. We think of scientists as rigid, cerebral figures who are married to process, definition and outcome.
For a confessional poet, it is difficult to maintain an air of mystery. Like her predecessor Kamala Das, Gauri Deshpande bared it all in her autobiographical poems and stories: experiences of womanhood, tensions and
Mulla Muhammad Tahir Ghani, known as Ghani Kashmiri, is one of the foremost Persian language poets in the subcontinent and possibly the most popular Persian poet of
The famous legend of Kotai-Andal tells us the story of a girl who resolves to marry Lord Vishnu and no one else. In this quest, she appropriates a garland meant for him – an
There are countless Mughal miniatures of women engaged in different activities. However, these portrayals, and subsequently, the gaze with which we are forced to look at them, have almost entirely belonged to men. While