Manoranjan Byapari’s There’s Gunpowder in the Air – On an Attempted Jailbreak

The doyen of Bangla literature, Mahashweta Devi, once hailed a rickshaw-puller who was engrossed in reading a book. Reluctantly, he agreed to drop Didi home. During the ride, he pleasantly surprised the ‘vidushi’  by asking the meaning of the word जिजीविषा. From that moment began the literary career of Manoranjan Byapari, whom Didi asked to…

दूर हटो – हम सबकी कहानियों पर तुम्हारा कोई कॉपीराइट नहीं !

ओ दुमका वाले नीलोत्पल मृणाल भैया ! ओ एस्पिरेंट्स के लेखक दीपेश सुमित्र जगदीश जी ! दूर हटो, साला ई सिविल सेवा की तैयारी करने वालों की कहानियों के कॉपीराइट्स से । अब सिविल की तैयारी के लिए अगर कोई कहीं जाएगा है तो दिल्ली ही न जाएगा । आईआईटी के लिए तो फिर भी…

SL Bhyrappa’s Gruhabhanga (गृहभंग) – The Tale of a Woman’s Struggle against Poverty & Plague in pre-Independence Mysore

Bhyrappa’s semi-autographical masterpiece, Gruhabhanga, was published in 1970. In scope of its tragedy, and depth of the characters, the novel is perhaps unsurpassed in modern Indian literature. Gruhabhanga is the story of the heroic struggle of a woman, Nanjamma, who refused to give up in face of adversity and apathy. She battled against poverty, epidemic,…

भगवतीचरण वर्मा की प्रतिनिधि लघु कहानियाँ – चित्रलेखा और कबरी बिल्ली के प्रणेता

प्रेमचंद की बोलचाल वाली उर्दूयुक्त हिन्दी के युग में संस्कृतनिष्ठ,इतिहासपरक चित्रलेखा लिखने का साहस प्रदर्शित करने वाले भगवतीचरण वर्मा हिन्दी साहित्य के एक स्तम्भ रहे हैं । 1934 में लिखे गए चित्रलेखा ने उन्हें अमर ख्याति प्रदान की ।  ‘भूले बिसरे चित्र’ ने उन्हें साहित्य अकादमी अवार्ड दिलवाया । साल 1971 में वे पद्म भूषण…

SREE IYER’s WHO PAINTED MY MONEY WHITE? – Subramanian Swamy Unplugged!

Sree Iyer might be a gossipmonger-cum-conspiracy theorist but not everything that he hints at or alleges in “Who Painted My Money White?” is a result of the flight of his fancy. His revelations and innuendos regarding ISI’s three-pronged strategy of weakening India through  fake currency racket, drug trade and love jihad are rooted in reality….

Women & Men in Khushwant Singh’s Life

The words of good authors speak to their readers, and keep doing so for ages. Khushwant Singh was not merely a good writer. He was, in fact, the Chronicler of Indian Nonsense, which he embedded into the Indian essence while recording his thoughts, drawing caricatures and pen-portraits, writing stories and columns. The secret of his…