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Sumana Roy
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Sumana Roy

Hair today, gone tomorrow
22nd Aug 2015

They will say: 'How his hair is growing thin!' Of all poems that I have read, those popular enough to have renewed the bloodstream of the colloquial, this line by TS Eliot must have been used by ever

Life’s an omelette: The tale of eggs and poetry
18th Jul 2015
Life’s an omelette: The tale of eggs and poetry

A vegetarian grandaunt considered it blasphemy, even an intentional call to warfare: How could egg-eaters call their favourite dish "Om"-let? "Om" was, after all, a "sacred sound" to several religions

The technology of touch and intimacy
27th Jun 2015

I once imagined myself in love with a man who typed with one finger. I owned neither a computer nor a typewriter then. Mobile phones hadn't been invented yet. There is no other way to explain that inf

Bodies in pieces and a new discourse of erotica
6th Jun 2015

As teenagers discovering new uses for different parts of their bodies, my friends and I often spoke about our preferences for erogenous zones. All this knowledge was, of course, only theoretical, the

The alchemic relationship between rain and verse
23rd May 2015
The alchemic relationship between rain and verse

Is rain a verse poem or a prose text? Does it come in instalments of stanzas or paragraphs? It's an old curiosity, this bunch of questions — they visited me recently when I began reading Sudeep Sen'

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On amphibious existence and the pitfalls of nostalgia
21st Jun 2014
On amphibious existence and the pitfalls of nostalgia

Houses are strange beasts. They demand rent, EMIs, and a child's attention. On the level of metaphor, they hold stories and fears. And of course people, them without shoes. "Actually, there were two h

Mumbai’s quaint immersions in light and darkness
21st Sep 2013
Mumbai’s quaint immersions in light and darkness

The crow on the cover of Bombay/Mumbai: Immersions, flying over the Arabian Sea, the Bombay skyline in the background, is a harbinger of the joys of perspectivism that the book is to offer about the m

From the cradle to the grave, your very own Pole Stars
1st Jun 2013
From the cradle to the grave, your very own Pole Stars

The morning after I finished reading Of Mothers and Others, I found Niall Ferguson in the newspaper. Because J. M. Keynes was childless, argued Ferguson, his was a short-term philosophy. The fact that

Teacups, domesticity and the gossamer threads of poetry
3rd Nov 2012
Teacups, domesticity and the gossamer threads of poetry

Sudeep Sen, the editor of The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry, begins his Foreword with a quote referencing ingestion: Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.There is no happiness like mine.I ha

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