The Root of Sequestration: Travels with biology through literature to life

A flowering hybrid Magnolia in bloom outside my window; Spring 2020 You have heard it called ‘isolation’ and ‘quarantine’. ‘Reset’ and ‘lockdown’ even. All these words have different and nuanced meanings and yet, they are used interchangeably in our fervid times. There, however, is a more apposite word — sequester/ sequestration. This word has a…

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…