Life on Mars by Tracy Smith

It took me a long time to pen these paragraphs, and that itself puzzled me. Expressing what literature made me feel had always been an easy exercise for me, and this weeks long unusual delay was…for a lack of a better term, flummoxed me. Suddenly, last night, it came rushing to me. This is no…

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

The pressure of liking a collection of poems that were responsible for the first non-European’s winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature is simply enormous. Add to that the tall stature of the poet in our country’s history and social renaissance, the task of reading the collection is fraught with fear. At first go, the…

Suspected Poems by Gulzar (Translated by Pavan Varma)

I have found myself pondering over the weight of words quite a lot lately. Quite literally, each letter that strings together to make a word, every delightful ‘s’ of plurality or every possessive apostrophe, makes me marvel at the beauty of the written, and even spoken, word. In that context, poems are perhaps the epitome…