Literary Legacies of Lagoons

Lagoons throughout the world are threatened by the capitalistic ambitions of states and international territorial disputes, yet literature on them is missing an intimate portrayal akin to Nan Shepherd’s work on mountains or Roger Deakin’s portrayal of the British Isles.

Desert Feature
The Richness of Literary Deserts

By Monisha Raman With inputs from Meghaa Gupta We do not have prose praising the deserts as Thoreau praised the woods or Hemingway the sea, nor do we find an Ode to the Sand by Wordsworth, Keats or Shelley. Yet in a way we do… ~ Rune Graulund There is no clear way to define a desert. What is construed…

Tiger Collage Feature new
Big Cats in a Big Bad World

By JoAnne Saldanha With inputs from Meghaa Gupta Out of the 38 cat species across the planet, only six have the distinction of being called ‘big cats’: lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, jaguars and cheetahs. While they may look like oversized kitty cats, one of the main differences, other than size, between big cats and their smaller cousins is the…

Children book collage feature
Delving Beneath the Surface: Mining in Indian Children’s Books

By Archana Natraj India is the world’s second-largest coal producer and a major producer of bauxite, iron, and zinc ore. Extracting these ores offers significant economic benefits, but it comes at a cost – land-use change, deforestation, erosion, contamination of wetlands and carbon emission that affect the environment, the livelihood and social fabric of local communities. The coal and lignite…

meghaa feature
Reflecting on Green Kidlit in India and The Year Gone By

In a first, Meghaa Gupta, Editor (Youth) at reflects on green books published for young people in India and despite the challenges, finds much to be pleased about. So little (relatively) is written about young people’s literature published in India, let alone green literature, that I would like to begin this column with the hope that the tide turns,…