[Gentle readers, it is too infrequently that I get to thank the remarkable love and time my friends and colleagues pour into this blog - Lapata, Farangi, Patwari, Sanyasi, Basanti & others who write, guest-write, curate, edit, recruit. CM would be long dead and dormant if it was only up to me, and I am just delighted that it continues to live and it lives on the strength of others. To this family, I want to welcome CM Intern Sultana. She will begin with this curated list from the blog and the FB page "Hungama" (هنگامة meaning a moshpit mashup). She will be doing other writings over the next weeks (until she gets a real job and makes it big in Bollywood). Please welcome her, and please keep reading - sepoy]
In the glorious month of August, while Sepoy was busy looking at Mughals, Sanyasi looked at CNN looking at Lapata and Green at Vollmann looking at himself. We also wrote about a translation of Upendranath Ashk’s memoir “Manto: Mera Dushman,” and the work of memory in the construction of the binary between secular Telugus and communal Muslims in Andhra Pradesh.
While memory remains a battleground, traveling to ancestral homelands evokes a range of emotions and reflections on loss. We hear that the 1947 Partition Archive is making sure to record oral histories from survivors. The month of August also brings enlightenment on the aftermath of independence: Kashmir, wounds of Waziristan, Slumbai, unheard gravedigger stories.
- Drones land here.
- The outrage in Mumbai escalates.
- Censorship by Purse String: Alice Walker on women’s finances.
- College loan scandals and bullshit jobs in today’s capitalist society.
- An art gallery is vandalized, but artists in Pakistan still battle fundamentalism valiantly.
- Wondering about Balochistan? Peruse these archives.
- Who Was Cleopatra?
- Issues with civil liberties are faced by Muslims in the Empire State, 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech” - Has the dream been realized?
- Not the normal kind of thing: 45 small fates.
- Gain writing inspiration from Naveen Kishore‘s Goethe Medal 2013 acceptance speech.
- Insight from Rahul Bose on attacking the rape epidemic from all sides, but Nausheen Saeed pinpoints men as still being the problem!
- Vijay Prashad discusses his book The Poorer Nations.
- Mills in Mumbai or factories in Bangladesh, fates are similar.
- Read a book on the Great Tamasha of cricket and it’s connection to modern-day India.
- Never been to Lahore? Experience a part of it through Zinda Bhaag.
- A journalist says farewell to India.
- CM friend Amitava Kumar’s book is getting rave reviews – watch here.
- On Syria: an open letter to narcissists, amidst chemical weapons and military interventions.
- Enjoy a reading list provided by Nadeen Aslam and get excited for Abdul Kalam’s autobiography!