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Nabina Das

The Storyteller Firangi: An Interview with Professor Jonathan Gil Harris (Part 2)

by Nabina Das

In Part 2 of the interview with Jonathan Gil Harris, Professor of English at Ashoka University, we further catch up with Prof. Harris’ stories of early pre- and colonial European migrants to the Indian subcontinent. Were these individuals seen as pariahs or white messiahs? Who were the European leegstretchers and dervishes? Prof. Harris’ new book The First Firangis: How to Be Authentically Indian, to be published by Aleph Books soon, answers these questions. He is interested in early modern understandings of globalization and the foreign, and how these have helped shape our knowledge and experiences of bodies, disease, commerce, time, and religious difference. Apart from having authored several books, Prof. Harris is also the editor of Indography: Writing the “Indian” in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2012).

The Storyteller Firangi: An Interview with Professor Jonathan Gil Harris (Part 1)

by Nabina Das
Jonathan Gil Harris

I first met Prof. Jonathan Gil Harris in January of 2013, when it was bitter cold in Delhi, and not sunny enough to meet outdoors. I found my way inside the food court of the opulent and sprawling Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj, having first got lost in the meandering alleyways of the garish superstores, showrooms and malls, all strung together on the piece of land flanking Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof. Harris was patiently waiting for me at a coffee shop and I was embarrassed, for I was late beyond the polite limit, but something about his flaming hair was heartwarming, as was his disarming smile. I realized that unlike many academics I’ve encountered, our “Gil-sahab” (“Call me Gil, after KPS Gill,” he had quipped.

Editors of South Asian Literary Zines & Mags

by Nabina Das

Traditional editors loom large on the literary scene, and their role as gatekeepers is still seen with some reverence as well as consternation. With the expansion of cyber literary forums, literary zines, e-books, and the social media, I looked around to find a bevy of smart eager editors (who are writers too) steering zines as well as print journals that don’t always cater to the mainstream. The editorial practices of these people are not too different from their traditional counterparts.

Indian Poetry on Social Media: Beyond Doggerel and Heartbreak Rhymes

by Nabina Das
Painting By A.A. Almelkar (1920-1982)
The latest phenomenon in Indian poetry is its increased presence on Facebook, the popular social media network, and this is no flippant event at all. With myriad languages and a large number of literatures, Indian poetry cannot be summarized in one simple way. When the group called INDIAN POETRY got started a couple of years ago, it evoked in me a range of feelings including awe, interest, disbelief, and indignation.

Enajori.com Promotes Language, Literature, and the Heritage of Assam

By Nabina Das
Himjyoti Talukdar
Good things are bound to happen on birthdays. Enajori.com, the first online, bilingual, unicoded magazine from Assam devoted to Assamese literature, art, and culture, launched on March 13, 2010. March 13 is my birthday. Over the last few years, I have read Enajori.com posts on and off. The frequency of posts and topics seemed to grow quickly. That is what got me interested in the e-zine. How does a primarily vernacular website carve out a niche, which it did rather quickly? The answer came in deep, satisfying layers.

Nabina Das chats with Naren Bedide, writer, translator, and commentator in Telugu Dalit Literature

"I am the soldier; I am the battlefield." Part 3: Final Section
Dalit poet K. G. Satyamurthy ( who wrote under the pseudonym 'Sivasagar').
Nabina Das interviews Naren Bedide who has been translating Telugu Dalit poetry for some time for a Dalit literary platform. This literary drive is gaining momentum as more and more of this body of poetry is becoming available, ably challenging mainstream poetics. The PS blog featured Part 1 and Part 2 of the Q&A earlier. We round up the conversation with Part 3.
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