Book Review: Half the Night is Gone by Amitabh Bagchi

“Aren’t artistry of language and worthiness of theme both necessary for good poetry?”, asks one of the characters in Half the Night is Gone. Blending grandeur of theme with poetic language, Amitabh Bagchi’s multi-layered narrative leaves the reader spell-bound and ruminative. Unfolding at both the personal and the political level, the book not just explores…

Book Review: Pigeons of the Dome: Stories on Communalism by Rakhshanda Jalil

Why Communalism? Rakshanda Jalil’s latest book, ‘Pigeons of the Dome: Stories on Communalism’ instantly catches the reader’s attention as its very title makes the reader think, Why Communalism? What more can be said about the topic that has not been told already? As if anticipating the questions, the editor writes in the ‘Introduction’ to the…