Tracing body-and-bloodlines

Tracing body-and-bloodlines

by Roanna Gonsalves     A book, like a person, holds a tangle of ancestors within it. Sometimes, tracing the literary influences and resonances in a book, its bloodlines, is as straightforward as tracking back through the parish register of births and...
Literary Commons

Literary Commons

By Christopher Raja When asked about his approach, the iconic artist and blogger, Ai Weiwei said:  ‘we’re actually a part of the reality, and if we don’t realise that, we are totally irresponsible. We are a productive reality. We are the reality, but...
The Family Recipe

The Family Recipe

by Christopher Raja Stay happy and get fat like the laughing Buddha. In India we often associate a full stomach and fat people as being prosperous and happy. Ganesha’s big belly is believed to contain the entire universe within it. Food is something we can all relate...
Writing ‘The Burning Elephant’

Writing ‘The Burning Elephant’

by Christopher Raja “startling”, “ vivid” and “compelling” (Sydney Morning Herald, 20 November, 2015) The Burning Elephant is a Young Adult novel that deals with the assassination of Indira Gandhi and it is completely set in India; it is also about a family’s journey...
Poetic tourism and deforming form.

Poetic tourism and deforming form.

by Andy Jackson If one writes in free verse – and one should – to subvert Western civilisation, surely one should write in forms to save oneself from Western civilisation? Agha Shahid Ali1 Agha Shahid Ali was born in Kashmir, and moved to the United States at the age...
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