January 20, 2013

Hyderabad Literary Festival 2013: Creative Challenges from Women Writers

Keep your eyes and ears open for Anupama Raju, Dipika Mukherjee, Mridula Koshy, Kunal Mukherjee, and Priyamvada Puroshotham

Panel with Tabish Khair, Dipika Mukherjee, Germain Droogenbroodt and Kunal Mukherjee

The Hyderabad Literary Festival (18-20th January, 2013), now in its third year and growing in stature, rightfully prides itself on bridging the local and […]

December 04, 2012

Event Announcement: Presentation


Dalits in America: Rendering Caste Visible in the Diaspora

Date & Time: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7 pm

Venue: History Corner (Bldg 200), Room 203, Stanford University,

450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA

About the event:

“Caste exists wherever Indians exist and … manifests itself in a myriad of ways,” writes Thenmozhi Soundararajan […]

November 21, 2012

On Writing, Civil War, & Feminism: An Interview with Nayomi Munaweera

NAYOMI MUNAWEERA IS A Sri Lankan-American author and artist. Her first book, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was published in September 2012, and I interviewed her about her work–as a writer, a feminist, and a member of the South Asian diaspora.


DB: Hi Nayomi, welcome to Ultra Violet! Could you tell us about yourself […]

July 17, 2012


(For Nurbanu)

The flesh that melted into mouth may silence those once plump lips if only momentarily: in this second living cell evolves from frightened memory to an untouched glimpse of savored domesticity.

When scars are not scars but a reconstruction of what was, when flesh that curved to feature your brown eyes now glues […]

April 14, 2012

Adrienne Rich: Where does strength come from?

A critical analysis of things as they are, wearing a gender lens — this is an important feminist preoccupation. It helps let the community of gender-watchers know what to look out for, what to take a view on and perhaps, also, what to oppose/rebel against.

But does it widen that community?

It does that […]

March 13, 2012

This poem is a cow


Stalking trash trucks on weekends, she waits by signals. Men reading their morning paper or men midstride their morning jog or men trailing a corpse in their mourning white lift her skirt, slide a pointed finger in between her cheeks, then out, then kiss it reverently. In bars and coffee shops, she has heard: […]

February 05, 2012

Hiroshi’s Hunger

There are nights of all nights when the sky turns crimson red and the wind hollow. And on moon like this Chiyuki’s Hiroshi wails for her sea-sucked breasts. Hunger mounts and the neighbours’ laughter mounts higher still. Steady as a bat with her drum like fingers. She plays. The soft- mint like smile cripples […]

October 04, 2011

Two Poems

How to escape a Skinner box

Electronic relationships are the easiest to erase Reject all phone calls, Blacklist the number, Block him everywhere Just hit the ‘delete’ button and it’s all over Go without talking to him this minute and you can Go the next and the next and for every minute after […]

September 09, 2011


There’s been a mistake. You didn’t expect this glitch. This vanishing point of a private murmuring city. This fumbling in a void of spreading formlessness (they told you it would be a flower, not a slit). Greedy mouth, how many fingers can you swallow?

In the movies, you would unzip her out of her dress […]

June 23, 2011

Two poems

Being Belindas

(a response to Pope’s Rape of the Lock)

The mirror hangs before me My long face stares back at me a pointed chin whose rounding I dread A tiny forehead gleaned from the thick mass of black hair surrounding it. At the black hair now streaked with red I oscillate between […]

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