Over 130 writers and thinkers like John Gray, Amitav Ghosh, Simon Armitage and former finance minister, P Chidambaram […]
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A Three-day Theatre Fiesta, written by celebrated Bollywood writer, Gulzar, showcasing the versatility of his writing and dramatised […]
The 79-year-old director, who is this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, adapted the works of well-known Indian writers for the big and small screen.
Gulzar said literature can not be reformer, it can only remind or record the past era.
The second three-day Patna Literature Festival (PLF) will begin here from 14 February to host more than forty authors, cultural activists, historians, journalists, artists and cinema personalities including Gulzar , Vikram Seth, Pavan K Varma, Pushpesh Pant, Ashok Vajpayee and Leila Seth.
Saba Mahmood Bashir is a freelance editor based in Delhi. She is a gold medallist in MA, English Literature from Allahabad University and has completed her PhD from IIT Delhi. Her first book, Memory-Past, a collection of poems, was published by Writers Workshop in 2006.
Her latest book is I Swallowed the Moon: The poetry of Gulzar (HarperCollins India, 2013). The book focuses on the poetry of Hindi film lyricist and poet Gulzar, placing him as a Progressive Poet in Popular Culture.
Kitaab recently interviewed Saba through e-mail:
Your book on Gulzar is based on your PhD thesis. Why did you zero in on Gulzar as a topic of your research?
This is a question which has often been asked. Honestly, there is no specific answer for the same. I was always intrigued with the imagery and the way Gulzar saheb weaves his words in his writings. I have been reading his poetry, and listening to the songs written by him ever since I was child, and could always feel a distinct difference in his writings and that of his contemporaries. It was just that parallel that I could see between his writings, that I wished to analyse and dot the connecting points in his poetry.
Review of I Swallowed The Moon: The Poetry of Gulzar in The Hindustan Times Saba Mahmood Bashir, the author […]
A pregnant Hilsa is positioned between the toes of a freshly-bathed Bengali housewife, and deftly sliced for lunch. Its massacre reddens the water of the pan it lies in. Elsewhere in the city, a pregnant woman is gang-raped and bleeds to death.
Short stories render themselves to stage with equal panache as on screen – they strike an easy note […]