Rampur's Urdu Poetry Is About Power cuts, Sensuality and Quirky Nawabs
In this conservative town, poets explore romance, sexuality, prevalent orthodoxy and exploitation by erstwhile nawabs through humour.
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Fairytales for Instagram
Poet Nikita Gill’s new book, Fierce Fairytales, might be Insta-clickbait, but packages millennial concerns with a feminist take on magic.
Why Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz Published Her 'Sad Girl Poems'
The indie rock queen started writing poems during Speedy Ortiz's 2011 inception — but she hasn't shared them until now.
This Typewriter-Slinging 'Busker' Writes Poems on Demand
Cipun Mishra went from spoken word in Bhubaneswar to the steps of a Bengaluru bookstore.
We Attended India’s First Transgender Poetry Meet
As it turns out, it wasn’t just a forum for expressing marginalised thought.
All images by Satwik Paul.
‘Half the Night Is Gone’: The Literary Playlist
Listen to what was playing in author Amitabha Bagchi’s head while he wrote his latest novel, set in early 20th century Delhi.
Slam Poet Sabika Naqvi Prods the Public With Her Rhymes
We took notes as she challenged the patriarchy, one passerby at a time.
Rap is Banned in Iran, But the Underground Scene is Flourishing
"We have so many forbidden things in Iran, but does that prevent us from doing them? If forbidden rap can tell good stories, go ahead and forbid it! The ban only means it's an opportunity."
Pop-Poet Rupi Kaur Isn't Worrying About Being Unique
“Plagiarism is such a heavy, loaded word.”