articles by Ipshita Mitra


Musharraf Ali Farooqi's The Merman and the Book of Power melds history and folklore, exploring the qissa genre

The Merman and the Book of Power: A Qissa by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, is born out of intensive research of the rich heritage of oral and written literatures of Urdu, Persian, and Arabic.


On Amrita Pritam's 100th birth anniversary, revisiting the writer's autobiography Raseedi Ticket

Be it a recurring dream, the fear of losing a loved one, an anxiety attack — Amrita Pritam found catharsis through words. Raseedi Ticket (Revenue Stamp, 1976), her autobiography, is an album of postage stamps. And each postage stamp unfurls like the story on a postcard.


36 Chowringhee Lane, revisited: Aparna Sen's ever-relevant tale that merged life, death, and Shakespeare

36 Chowringhee Lane, Aparna Sen's directorial debut, could well seem sepia-toned as far as its overarching sentiment of nostalgia for the past is concerned, however, when it comes to presenting human sensibilities, emotions and vulnerabilities, the film is technicolour


Romantic Encounters of a Sex Worker: Nalini Jameela returns, with eight new stories from her past

Thirteen years since she created a storm with her autobiography, sex worker Nalini Jameela is back again as a storyteller


Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel on performing 'Love Letters' at Delhi's Old World Theatre Festival

Veteran thespians Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel spoke about one of their longest-running plays — Love Letters (directed by Rahul da Cunha) — in the run-up to the Old World Theatre Festival in Delhi