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A Love, A River, A Song, A Maybe

Jan 15, 2022 Maitreyee Chowdhury

On an island in the middle of the Brahmaputra river, I spotted him first aiming his gun at me. And, then, he strummed his guitar and sang a love song. I hummed along, our toes in the water.

Poetry | Weekend Musings

Jan 02, 2022 Astha Mittal

As we open the door to welcome 2022 with hope and longing, here's a collection of short poems to begin New Year on a thoughtful note.

Poet Amanda Gorman Welcomes 2022 With Her 'New Day’s Lyric'

Poet Amanda Gorman is out with her new work, 'New Day’s Lyric', ending 2021 on a hopeful note.

Through My Verse: Three Poems On Breaking Free

Dec 18, 2021 Eshita Bhat

The poet urges her readers to break free from their mundane 9-to-5 lives and search for the numinous.

Jaun Of Amroha: Jaun Elia At 90, His Life And Verse

A peerless poet, whose tragedies in his personal life, an unfulfilled love, migration from his home, shaped his poetry which moves with its grief and pain till today.

12 December, 2021

'Blue Is The Colour I Choose': Poems On Caste And Belonging

Outlook Web Desk

Tanya Singh's slim volume of poetry 'Blue is the colour I choose' is a powerful collection of verses that celebrate rebellion and rally against an oppressive order.

11 December, 2021

'Sometimes': Nagaland Poet Emisenla Jamir's Poem Written Before Oting Civilian Killings

Emisenla Jamir

‘Sometimes’ was the first poem Emisenla Jamir read during the poetry session of the Nagaland Literature Festival, held a day before the Oting killings, in which an army unit gunned down 14 civilians.

09 December, 2021

And The Madman Laughs: A First Hand Account Of Recent Atrocity In Nagaland

H Kemya Yanlem

In light of the recent civilian killings in Nagaland's Mon district, H Kemya Yanlem, a student from Nagaland, shares with us how the never-ending cycle of violence exacts a mental toll through her poem ‘And The Madman Laughs’.

09 December, 2021

Verses From Mon | A Poet's Ode To The Victims Of Nagaland Firing

Benny Yanthan

Beni Sumer Yanthan (Yanbeni ) is a poet and folklorist from Nagaland belonging to the Lotha-Naga and War-Jaintia tribe of Meghalaya. Her poetries illustrate deep anguish of AFSPA victims.

05 December, 2021

Poetries On Dissent: Protests Through Poets' Eyes

Outlook Web Bureau

To commemorate the protests and that were a huge part of our lives in 2021, here we have four poetries from 'Witness - The Red River Book of Poetry of Dissent (2021)'

27 November, 2021

'Nightmare': A Nine-Year-Old's First Step Towards Writing Fiction


'It was midnight I heard footsteps stop at my window… A chill ran down my spine and even though it was winter, I could feel sweat trickle down my forehead...'


20 November, 2021

A Poet’s View On The Victory Of The Farmers

Suhas Munshi

As the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws, Kushal Poddar expresses his emotions through a poem titled Firm.

14 November, 2021

Children’s Day: Two Poems To Revisit Old Fables

Chinki Sinha

On this cheerful occasion of children's day, let's not miss the opportunity to revisit some characters from our childhood fables.

12 November, 2021

Delay In Publishing Of P Varavara Rao Poems Attributed To ‘Unfavourable Legal Opinion’

Trisha Mukherjee

P Varavara Rao, the activist and poet is presently facing trial in the Bhima Koregaon case.

24 October, 2021

Poetry | 'What My Neighbour Left Behind' By Aditya Tiwari And 'The Kettle' By Pallavi Singh

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari wonders what the absence of someone you know feels like while Pallavi Singh finds her subject within her kitchen.

14 October, 2021

Of Separation And Loss: Verses By Muddasir Ramzan

Muddasir Ramzan

Shikwa or reproach is the title of a powerful poem by Muddasir Ramzan, a PhD student in the Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University. In it the narrator laments the breakup between him and Kashmir, his home, and wonders why it turned against him.

20 August, 2021

Javed Akhtar: I Am Fortunate To Be Born In An Overtly Secular Family

Lachmi Deb Roy

In an exclusive interview with Outlook, eminent poet, lyricist and screen writer Javed Akhtar, talks about art as an instrument of change, the digitalisation of shayari and the lessons which he and his wife Shabana Azmi, learnt during the pandemic.


22 April, 2021

Over 100 Artists From Across The World To Read ‘Earth Anthem’ On Earth Day

Outlook Web Bureau

The Earth Anthem has been put to music by renowned artist Dr L Subramaniam and sung by veteran singer Kavita Krishnamurti.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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‘Laab’ In The Mountains

He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.

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Play Us A Memory, Violin Man

They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.

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It’s Just Numbers, Love

Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.

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The Future of Universities: Can India Overcome The Digital Divide?

The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

Jan 15, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Super Immunity, Natural Vaccines, Covid Gods: A Desi Guide To Denying The Pandemic

Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.

Jan 08, 2022 Rakhi Bose

What Is The Future Of The Liberal Arts In Asia?

Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

Jan 01, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

Dec 28, 2021 Tanvir Aeijaz