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My young friend Sana and I play a game when we wander around New York City. We count the Indians we see on every block – if we see more than five Indians on a street block, we give ourselves a gold star.

The first time I did this column just about two years ago, I wrote about how the trees outside my window were Bangalore trees and the sky that I looked upon was a Bangalore sky.

Kamayani Sharma wonders what constitutes ‘belonging’, and whether in an increasingly atomised and simultaneously flattened world, we can even recognise any longer the markers that point to ‘home’'.

Poetry Connections

What happens when 8 poets spend two weeks together translating each others' work?


France has legislated to ban the niqab. Two young women have found a sassy way of critiquing the ban

Afshan Azad, who acted in the Harry Potter films, was allegedly threatened with death by her father and brother, for dating a Hindu. Asra Nomani argues that women will suffer until intolerant Muslims absorb some of the values prescribed in the Harry Potter series.

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