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Hyderabad, India

Contributors: Sridala Swami
Hyderabad, India

« Hyderbad translates to "Lion City," named after Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib and his lion like performances on the battlefield. »

There’s a saying that goes: When the pupil is ready, the Master will appear. I don’t have a Master at whose feet I learnt to write poetry, but I knew, one day, that I was ready to write it. I think it began –...

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The brain in its jar floats and dreams:
streams of memory, consciousness, preserved.
The two halves, like breasts, grieve
for the softness of skin for the reserved
whisper of touch. All this has...

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—Title of a painting by Eric Fischl, Bedroom Scene #6, oil on linen, 2004.

Back striped black, suit striped white
the wall – just striped; the net – just curved.
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Before the poet was a poet
nothing was reworked:

not the smudge of ink on twelve sets of clothes
not the fearsome top berth on the train
not a room full of boxes and dull windows
not the...

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Charminar
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In Japanese, the word gaman means, “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.”

For China Miéville

Out of wood, shellac, paint
in Minidoka, Matsumoto makes
a daughter in the...

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On reading days
the poet navigates her work without memory
or – more accurately – a memory with no true North
or as a hiker without a map and a big thirst.

On...

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With technological and skills-oriented changes in the medical profession, graduating doctors today have little in the way of interpersonal skills or multidisciplinary perspectives regarding the human condition. With...

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Hyderabad
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It took me three tries to get into Orhan Pamuk’s Snow. It came highly recommended and what I had was a borrowed book with tiny print that was hard to read. My intentions were good, but I could not seem to...

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