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📚 💃🏽 | Novelist | The Wildings & The 100 Names of Darkness | Columnist, @FTLifeArts | Formerly NYT, Business Standard | Rep'd by @DGALitAgents

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There were rules to be learned even before the “Godspell” actors opened their scripts: one person in a bathroom at… https://t.co/Y0GUJJt35S
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @PragyaTiwari Your courage and grace, Pragya. ❤️One of those weeks when you're grateful for the good sense and advice of women friends. Thanks, @writetopd,… https://t.co/QmOFZQZSHk"But they still write to her." https://t.co/gDN3UCwP7GTemple of the King Super piece by @mitalisaran https://t.co/wBvcbuN93F via @thewire_in
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyIn 1845, Shoshee Chunder Dutt wrote a fanciful (and exoticised) account of a future tribal rebellion that would fre… https://t.co/czs2NAiwlA @kiccovich Definitely a "third choice" option, given the broadness of Indian democracy. (Kind of masked because of… https://t.co/YJWO63Fd5V+ Of course, all surveys to be taken with usual caveats. :) https://t.co/gRfNOI5JAeExactly 95 years ago, the 8 Down Train from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow was approaching the town of Kakori , when the… https://t.co/8Hbdo9bFIi
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy19 hours left, and you know the videshi IT Cell employees will skew results back towards the Divine Mr M by evening… https://t.co/NzD4j6KfZv#ComingSoon - The next virtual session of @authorafternoon will host author and columnist @nilanjanaroy. We look fo… https://t.co/tlpUnnxmRj
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy+ Much of the fight has been over Nehru's legacy. But the freedom struggle was far larger than that one man. Tribal… https://t.co/HtVtw4kZhA+ In 2010, by a stalwart of the right, addressing "the absence of a viable Opposition" to the UPA, the belief that… https://t.co/MVCGPUaXoy+ Guess when this was written? "Following the second successive defeat in the national elections, it has been engu… https://t.co/MCMAWH9D6fMukul Kesavan's advice to liberals — don't move on: "Had the sangh parivar taken this advice to heart after the d… https://t.co/CSRs5GjQYdSharing another letter by Syama Prasad Mookerjee to Jawaharlal Nehru..to underline the repressive journey we have s… https://t.co/bbfPE2hUFO
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThis is so heartbreaking. The Arctic has utterly transformed in our lifetimes. We are in a climate emergency. https://t.co/xbjqh08hVC
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyGiven that my TL seems to be equal parts Congress and the Right, go on, slug it out. And @RahulGandhi with a solid… https://t.co/iZWDjDrZag
8/9
2020
"If more mining happens everything will change... We are tribal people, we cannot go out and live in the cities and… https://t.co/msJHFd5lA2"But I have never stopped being infatuated by the idea of those other lives, those other people you could also be."… https://t.co/c4iygclSU0Thriving democracy; populist state; authoritarian state; religious majoritarianism + totalitarianism. (You know the… https://t.co/D89aXNLEQPSita's songs. (And the late Nabaneeta Dev Sen's classic opening line: "As we know, the good Indian woman can have n… https://t.co/DOeMVrZb0bToday is International Cat Day, so I thought I would honour it with 2 of my favourite cat stories, a fabulous photo… https://t.co/8kIF1X2W5q
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @CabotPlaceBooks @matthaig1 @TASCHEN @PushkinPress @randomhousekids Thank you — it's meant a lot to have London's w… https://t.co/kVEMZk0Rp8Is there a more purrfect way to celebrate #InternationalCatDay than with literary cats? We didn't think so. https://t.co/l3CkwLlSBI
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyGayl Jones published her first novel, Corregidora, in 1975, which was hailed by the likes of James Baldwin and Toni… https://t.co/Z1RFobC13Q
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyEvery day on Twitter, the rightwing trends what I think of as its Sponsored Hate Slate. It's usually a divisive or… https://t.co/TGDaA4z40JThe @FT's Editorial Board on India's "new era of majoritarianism": "...in many ways signalled the end of India as… https://t.co/JjbYkppr6iIn my latest column I write about what a Jain merchant’s rare and candid autobiography tells us about life in the… https://t.co/r6CHN2X28y
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyOne winner in this pandemic is farm YouTube, the curiously calming (and surprisingly popular) entertainment of watc… https://t.co/uVgW7eJEmj
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyToday at 7pm watch Shashi Tharoor, Rana Ayyub, Raghu Karnad and Yashica Dutt in the first episode of India Debates… https://t.co/rZyDwTrHfA
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8/8
2020
@AmyKazmin I'm so sorry, Amy. Sending much love to you and the family.Triumph of the will: @mihirssharma on the republic's new clothes. https://t.co/3UhmHoIQ9C @Aakar__Patel All for it — bring back Basavanna and Kabir, Tukaram and Mirabai, Ravi Dass and Bismil, and let's get this show on the road."I was struck, recently, by something Colm Tóibín said after watching the film adaptation of his novel, Brooklyn: ‘… https://t.co/2ZxIhQVhqXTwo friends, both up for the Booker prize: 'We are exploring what it means to feel alien' https://t.co/0z924ZGd07 via @guardianreview
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy“God resides in every broken heart”—one line that I learned from author Sadia Dehlvi, 1957-2020 https://t.co/JwCEA3IMpy
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy+ "Mamoo Abdullah (my mother’s older brother) remembered Delhi as a leisurely city, one in which shopkeepers pulled… https://t.co/CiACtgKGdPSo many memories of Sadia Dehlvi, whose love of the city was enshrined in her name, of her books, her films, her lo… https://t.co/3pF7UNEqHh
8/6
2020
@thedelhiwalla Such a deep loss. I'm sorry, Mayank. Remembering how she wrote of her love for Delhi and how genero… https://t.co/e9pLuVZTRK+ "This eventuality we must all resolutely guard against. We must be determined to defend our independence with the… https://t.co/OhnJLaMdNjDr B R Ambedkar: "Will Indians place the country above their creed or will they place creed above country? I do not… https://t.co/Hq7H61pc81On the 80th anniversary of his execution, Singh should be remembered not only as a martyr who avenged the Jallianwa… https://t.co/dEiZzKaYYp
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @PriyabrataT @pbmehta And changed his mind, and wrote about it. Quite a while ago!"You gave up a kingdom, to honour an unjust promise of your father. It is puzzling that our itihasa is about childr… https://t.co/NWBO7p26P1In 2014, so many editors rubbished our fears: Modi'd be a great PM, they said, growth & change. Wild-eyed liberals… https://t.co/fOB3WfIpatToday is as good as any to read this exceptional story: Kar Sevak Balbir Singh who helped demolish Babri Masjid is… https://t.co/oLaaE5IzHQ
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy+ As the Congress abandons secularism (again), scrambling to endorse the Ram Mandir, the next रणभूमिs must be the C… https://t.co/3W6Lt62OZyWatch the Bhumi Pujan, not least the foregrounding of the RSS, the Sarsanghchalak present alongside the UP CM and t… https://t.co/gr9g3LcJ8iRemembering Kunwar Narain and his powerful poetry - 'Ayodhya' written in 1992 : हे राम, जीवन एक कटु यथार्थ है और… https://t.co/TqhOh4GExz
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThe long line of women telling the Ramayana, from Chandrabati to Molla: @somakghoshal on the many attempts by write… https://t.co/fP8r7LLgwZ @PragyaTiwari Unsurprised but really sorry they're targetting you. Block, breathe, and stay safe; reporting some of the worst ones. ❤️ @authorafternoon @FoundationPK @TajBengal Thank you, looking forward to this chat, and to meeting your guests. 😀My street is drenched in darkness. All the windows are blown out and all people inside seem to have left. But one n… https://t.co/UKCfqvWy1H
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @psencal This, one hundred per cent. The history of British rule and the national freedom struggle has been forgott… https://t.co/CcR5dwu34u"Greetings exchanged between people where Ram’s name was used were usually “Ram-Ram” or “Jai Ram ji ki“, spoken wit… https://t.co/tDAaj9q9X7In 1992, @PraveenJain2622 documented the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, including a rehearsal on 5 Dece… https://t.co/HARy44AARH
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @psencal If it reclaimed its own history in the freedom struggle, it would be on stronger ground. The Sangh knows e… https://t.co/gYWAvgirU3"Some, who have closed their eyes, are wide awake. Some, who look out at the world, are fast asleep. Some who bathe… https://t.co/6Y9bwylnqd
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyAnd meanwhile. "Temple building at Kashi and Mathura is very much on our agenda. We will sit and discuss the ways… https://t.co/6pH7W2bCW8The Congress never learns from its own history. Rajiv Gandhi soft-pedalled secularism, endorsed Rama Rajya at Faiza… https://t.co/ABi8UJZsZS
8/5
2020
Will tomorrow free Ayodhya from the burden of shouldering the cause of Hindu nationalism or will it forever seal it… https://t.co/BUP8CTqIjQ
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThe scale of that destruction is unimaginable. #Beirut Praying for the safety of all in the city. https://t.co/7SuXewwe0VI keep returning to this. A powerful reminder that the most powerful have a duty towards the republic, to stand aga… https://t.co/jtseXwIFpUAlkazi's Andha Yug, staged at Feroz Shah Kotla. A review at that time noted that when the actors reached the stirri… https://t.co/lydFVmFZGHAmong Alkazi's treasures: the photographs used in the trial of the Bhawal Court Case, the fascinating tale of the m… https://t.co/3Gb6d8x9NDIt was another Delhi; perhaps it isn't nostalgia that makes me imagine it was a better one. A favourite Alkazi sto… https://t.co/im4DfvcOFD"The thing to know is that you don’t know enough.” #EbrahimAlkazi (https://t.co/0F3zrs8wnT) https://t.co/L5xtcVO0iHIt's Kishore Kumar's birth anniversary. He was a genius and a true eccentric. This @PritishNandy interview, origin… https://t.co/lnbi4Sd3xu
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Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyTranslation for those who don't read Bangla, because everyone must read this: This munchkin used to wait outside a… https://t.co/lPiGlJgswh
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy"The court is now muted." https://t.co/dxrSnlgOLsLovely essay by @thatdoggonelady on monsoon larders and Goa's purumenth tradition of preserving food in the Covid e… https://t.co/meubvBHPg8
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8/4
2020
One more from the hills: best little hiking guide I ever had. Armchair travelling until the End Times end. :) https://t.co/3NlADD1gMVIn a free country, you know you can criticize any part of the state — PM, the executive, the judiciary, Parliament… https://t.co/dw7kJfaoQy"From this position, she invites readers to consider the possibility that you can get a lot, potentially more, out… https://t.co/XwcJj1Mx9O
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @samitbasu @kj_charles @cstross @bookfetishist Hardboiled eggs and salt, when there were mamlets at hand. Tch. @ProsaicView @patralekha2011 @samitbasu @kj_charles @cstross @bookfetishist Yers but it was a mashup, kind of Goopy… https://t.co/KgSz2sOupI @samitbasu @kj_charles @cstross @bookfetishist Found a notebook where I'd written notes about the customs of the tr… https://t.co/oPWap99lJm @Ashu_Kabir I would disagree, only because the unscientific agenda has been pushed so aggressively and systematical… https://t.co/qAlVUrX4za @rixit81 Yup. There's a reason why they targetted the rationalists first, right at the start.Burnt Sugar and The Mirror and the Light: @dpanjana's newsletter is out (and I am joyous). https://t.co/nYfZyXzsupAside from the wrenching tale of friendship and loss, @BasharatPeer's story really shows what this stat means: "Th… https://t.co/KEbq297eZx @Maganlal1303 Alliances of convenience are a feature-not-a-bug across Indian democracy. The Right's record is as eloquent. @aditya_mani_jha Best description of the AAP ever.Heh. How to snark with maximum style. https://t.co/I2pd6qasP6 @Maganlal1303 Never said it was. The Congress has had alliances with the Left, fallen out with communists, fought t… https://t.co/qnLp7Mb8wD+ The beginnings of a fightback from the Congress. It will need a far more sustained campaign, but claiming its own… https://t.co/bfRqf713anStirring reading about the smallpox epidemic, 1970s, on resistance to vaccination: "My dharma is to surrender to G… https://t.co/VTT69wPcWK
8/3
2020
DON’T HESITATE “Joy is not made to be a crumb.” ~ Mary Oliver https://t.co/yLzHs56p5W
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @veenavenugopal One minute silence for the Defence Colony RWA fellow. (https://t.co/siDrG7YGv2)"Poetry, A.K. Ramanujan used to say, can never be heard, only overheard. His own poems were often like eavesdroppin… https://t.co/8DvXXgrc2u @sunitarora Rajokri or Southern Ridge? Or closer to the Aravallis?The infighting. The willingness to give up — Hindutva took three decades (if not more) to gain dominance but never… https://t.co/Igkh5ZdkZr"In a world of truncated attention spans, the Left and the secularists have little [that] can sharply and succinctl… https://t.co/8ZTkLVKkNDAndersen's matter-of-fact presentation here only added to the dystopian feeling we had reading about the growth & p… https://t.co/ELRlcOyRgF
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyIndian artist Bharti Kher, Six Women, 2013, series of life-sized, female sculptures, cast from real women in her Ne… https://t.co/omwJtpSm1L
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoySomeone tell them about the post-election MP trading floor + stock exchange. https://t.co/qm9ZRmRwZD"For many officials, before and after Chernobyl, the production of cheerful stories that were entirely divorced fro… https://t.co/7FRoFoXeyh"But without investing the face-to-face time, we lack deeper connections to them, and the time we invest in superfi… https://t.co/5g0GBCNKbz
8/2
2020

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