TellTale by Anindita Bhattacharya

  From time immemorial, human beings have communicated through stories. Cavemen drew symbols and images on the walls of the caves in the form of a narrative to communicate with each other. When a child is born, the very first form of communication that follows the gibberish talk of the initial months, between the mother and the child, is more often than not through stories. Story-telling is an ancient art form, a cultural totem, a powerful medium of communication, communion, and sometimes of propaganda; political and religious. In Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a witty satire by the master … Continue reading TellTale by Anindita Bhattacharya

Shutu Stays with You by Anindita Bhattacharya

Trigger warning: suicide, sexual violence As a seven-year-old, one of the poems I loved reading and performing at elocution competitions was Rabindranath Tagore’s Puratan Vritto (The Old Slave). I do not know why it felt so easy to remember it, maybe because I realized irrespective of all the mechanical readings for the sake of memorizing, every time I reached the end of the poem, I had tears in my eyes and the process never felt monotonous or cumbersome. It felt cathartic. My mother would be surprised to see that the poem touched such a chord with me, and she would … Continue reading Shutu Stays with You by Anindita Bhattacharya

Auxochrome-Chromophore by Anindita Bhattacharya

Do you believe in a love that informs, enriches, and encourages creativity? What is the purpose of love, if not to uplift us, becalm us, and embalm our broken spirits? We do not want to be crippled and asphyxiated in love, we must be able to soar; our spirits must be free. Two women, two artists, and two lovers from two disparate corners of the world decided to redefine love. Their love for their respective partners was so great that they were ready to efface themselves. What is so uncanny is that they lived, loved, and worked in two very … Continue reading Auxochrome-Chromophore by Anindita Bhattacharya