A Feminist Understands Rama

[This was written in the year 2012. I revisited this week and have posted it here with a few grammatical edits] .    .    . I am somewhat certain that this subject is likely to attract the fancy of Indians and Indophiles and therefore, will not annoy my primary audience by detailing the story…

Afanasy Fet – the poet who straddled two centuries of verse

“I’ll go to meet them on the old familiar road…I’ll gladly…wait for them till morning watching the standing corn sway in the breeze and one day’s death becomes another’s dawning. So past and future in my own life meet; and now the sweetness of the hour, so calm and free, acts on me like a…

Russian Literary Epochs

[This essay was translated into Tamil by the magazine Padhaakai and published by them in the January-February issue https://padhaakai.com/2020/02/10/168693/ ] Russian literature, as we know it, marked its dawn in the eighteenth century under the astral influence of two great men — Derzhavin and Karamazin. Derzhavin was Russia’s first national poet and Karamazin, was the…