This week's THE VENUS FLYTRAP is about the personal excavations many have performed in the era of , and the limits of the language of sexual assault. Read it here: newindianexpress.com/opinions/

A new interview in The Medley, the journal of Ostraca - The Creative Writing Society of Hansraj College: themedley.in/issue4/feature/fe

This week's THE VENUS FLYTRAP is about Jahaan, a baby who was a regular at Shaheen Bagh and who passed away after a brief illness, and why his parents weren't wrong to take him to the protest. Read it here: newindianexpress.com/opinions/

This week's THE VENUS FLYTRAP is about Jahaan, a baby who was a regular at Shaheen Bagh and who passed away after a brief illness, and why his parents weren't wrong to take him to the protest. Read it here: newindianexpress.com/opinions/

This, this, this.

As a person with a country of origin that's a conflicted place,
a country of upbringing I can't yet return to,
and a country of nationality I don't always have my bearings in...

That those who travel the world and have powerful passports refuse to care for people is... Inexplicable.

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A personal reframing, to soothe a sore spot: I may have been born in Chennai (a place that's never been good to me) through a twist of fate, but I was conceived in Colombo (first, full, true home), after something happened to my mother in Kanyakumari (other karmic significance).

Indian literary culture at large still runs on the smoke-and-mirrors of “only people who are passionate are here”. This erases practical, ethical, structural and other issues. There’s truth in the passion argument... so the writing itself, the solo endeavour, must be supported.

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Imagine an ecosystem that provides more small grants, benefiting many, rather than reward very few. Imagine 12 writers a year receiving a big stipend plus a month of space, privacy, hospitality and a fellowship to put in their bios – instead of just one receiving a massive kitty.

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This brings me to prizes, also charged with unseen dynamics. India’s most lucrative literary award offers a life-changing sum of money (25 lakhs). It’s great this prize exists (but stressful to be nominated for it). But that kind of funding could be distributed differently.

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Group residencies amplify the issues in the last line of the tweet above. Whatever format next comes to replace litfests, it needs to benefit individual writers in more ways than just prestige and networking. To create space, it must give space.

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Litfests can be fun, at times. Such as when you get to meet friends, visit a new place, enjoy hotel breakfast buffets. But they don’t support actual writing. The payoffs are limited. I’m not even going to get into hierarchies, dynamics and other behind-the-scenes stress.

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Corporate entities do benefit (CSR? Tax write-offs? Image?) from financially supporting the arts and culture. But the litfest circuit is the least effective way in which authors can benefit. Among a bevy of cons, they take you away from both your creative work and your day job.

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What I’d like to see litfests replaced by is funding to create new work. What I mean is: solo writer-in-residence positions for several writers through the year. In lieu of writing off a huge sum of money into a 3 day event, the investment is thoughtful and supports creation.

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Thread: As an author and reader, I welcome the natural decline of the Indian literary festival. Their effect on cultivating reading culture is debatable. What I want to talk about, though, is writing culture – and how litfest expenses can be redirected to better support it.

This week's THE VENUS FLYTRAP has an ensemble of celebrities from cinema, art and royalty - and is about how we are always looking and being looked at. Read it here: newindianexpress.com/opinions/

A ghazal in Sita's name, carrying the stillness of a pond in Wayanad - an excerpt from my poetry collection - republished here in Watch Your Head. watchyourhead.ca/watch-your-he

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