Annada Sankar Ray (1904-2002) was a Bengali and Odia poet and essayist. Best known for his rhymes, his work covers a range of diverse social and cultural topics including a famous travelogue to Europe.
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This beautiful ode to love and childhood is an intimate conversation between two people who are getting to know each other, bit-by-bit and story by story. In this letter to his wife, Ramanujan mourns
S.W. Fallon (1870-1880) would have slipped through the pages of Indian history if it weren’t for his remarkable records of Indian vernacular languages. With a keen interest in local dialects, particularly their rural and
The beauty of local languages is in the intimacy they evoke. The sounds, words and phrases are all a melody to the ear of the attuned. Cultural values, a people’s ethos and their prejudices
Love can be awfully self-consumed; To a couple in love, the concerns of the larger world hold little value.
Savitribai Phule and Jyotiba, however, were a different breed of lovers. Savitrbai was married to Jyotiba
We all know B. R. Ambedkar as the towering political figure who fiercely campaigned against social discrimination. He not only revived Buddhism in India, but also popularised it amongst the lower castes and so-called ‘untouchables’. Here is the story, in his own
Often likened to Frida Kahlo, Amria Sher Gil was the daughter of an aristocratic Sikh scholar and a Hungarian socialite. Her mixed heritage bestowed upon her striking good looks and the opportunity to straddle
The notion of death, especially one’s own, can have a sobering effect on the most tenacious of souls. J. B. S. Haldane, however, was not one to submit to its grim hold.
John Burdon Sanderson
We often dream about meeting a spiritual or intellectual leader who can give us life-changing advice or bring us a moment of epiphany which leads to self-awareness. We imagine, sometimes in great detail, the