Priya Panchal

First Winner of TATA Literature Live! 2015’s Creative Writing Contest: The Heart Knows

The Heart Knows by Priyal Panchal Why don’t I ever bite that dog in return? Why is that spider spinning webs of sorrow never shun? Why do I give that parasite right over my body? Why don’t I fly away like a bird set free? Why can’t I recognize that chameleon’s lies? Why don’t I […]

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Lit Australia

Literature in the Australian Commonwealth

Literature in the Australian Commonwealth characteristically expresses collective values, perhaps more so than in other parts of the world. Even the experiences of the individual are viewed through a representative lens, with the aim of integrating them into the larger, collective consciousness of the Australian people. In this blog we have highlighted some of the […]

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MyStory Winner 5

Tata Literature Live! MyStory 2015, Winning Entry #3

It was more than two hours past midnight, yet Ramulu was unable to sleep. He has been a small scale farmer and the successively failing monsoon and mounting debts were pulling down his morale. Year after year his hopes were turning into despair and the future was looking bleak for Ramulu. The money lenders were […]

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MyStory Winner 6

Tata Literature Live! MyStory 2015, Winning Entry #2

They looked down upon him. All of them. His favourite time of the day was when the Sun stood behind him. He looked down then, at the ground, to see an almighty long shadow of his miniature self. Minutes of pure exhilaration. When they ended, he returned to the world that didn’t care. Tiny feet […]

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MyStory Winner 4

Tata Literature Live! MyStory 2015, Winning Entry #1

Revathy “Amma”, her voice goes as she strides barefoot towards the entrance door. The inkling of her silver anklets still echoing in the silent dark room. Her forehead kissed with a big red moon placed asymmetrically between her brows. Bangles in her hand make subtle noise as she manages to proper her 6 yards’ saree […]

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MyStory Winner 3

Tata Literature Live! MyStory 2015, Winning Entry: The Sari

It is not just worn at weddings, parties and ceremonies It is also worn at a construction site Amidst the cement, sand, gravel Under the ruthless sun Over a parched throat and blistered feet It does not always shimmer in gold brocade and silk It is also torn and tattered With frayed edges, fading colours […]

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MyStory Winner 1

Tata Literature Live! MyStory 2015, Winning Entry: Bone Deep

The pyre smolders wetly under the tin shed, from which grey afternoon rain still drips; echoing a family’s grief. sifting through grandmother’s still-warm ashes, my fingers taste the wood-smoke and sour-milk scent of funeral rites; i blindly grope for the largest shards of bone, to fill the clay urn with the remains of a life. […]

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Beyond The Frame: Homesick

It was a sultry Kolkata afternoon right in the middle of my summer vacation. The heat had climbed to a level that one might get a stroke just by poking his head out of the window for a few minutes. But a weekday it was and one had to go about his usual routine. Amidst […]

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MyStory Winner 2

Tata Literature Live! MyStory 2015, Winning Entry: Smoke

It was a sultry Kolkata afternoon right in the middle of my summer vacation. The heat had climbed to a level that one might get a stroke just by poking his head out of the window for a few minutes. But a weekday it was and one had to go about his usual routine. Amidst […]

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Lit around the world

Literature Around the World in 2015!

2015: The Year in Literature  There’s no denying it. It’s been a busy year in the world of literature, and it isn’t even over yet. The United States alone published more than 300,000 new titles and re-editions this year. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of other books hit the shelf for the first time. Some of […]

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Alanna Mitchell

TATA Literature Live! 2015 Q&A with Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author, who writes about science and social trends. Her most recent full-length book, Sea Sick:The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international best seller that won the prestigious US-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. Literature Live!:  Why the fascination with ocean life? Alanna Mitchell: Because the ocean contains what scientists call […]

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