Words Matter: Writings against Silence

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K Satchidanandan
Penguin UK, Jun 10, 2016 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
India prides itself in a rich tradition of diversity, dialogue and debate. Our democracy draws its sustenance from this tradition. Myths, texts and systems of faith and thought have been cherished, revisited and also challenged. They have often inspired imaginative versions through oral retellings and local adaptations. The dynamism of Indian culture has kept it open to influences and has stood the test of time. In Words Matter, edited by eminent poet and scholar K. Satchidanandan, scholars and writers including Romila Thapar, Githa Hariharan, Pankaj Mishra, Salil Tripathi and Ananya Vajpeyi discuss these definitive values from various points of view. The contributors argue that we must nurture critical thinking to fight all kinds of discrimination and insularity. It lies in our interest as a modern nation to preserve our cultural strength and help democracy flourish.

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K. Satchidanandan, perhaps the most widely translated and anthologized of contemporary Indian poets, has published twenty-three collections of poetry in Malayalam, which have been translated into nineteen Indian and international languages. He has also published several books of plays, criticism, translations of world poetry, travelogues and five books in English on Indian literature. His books in English translation include While I Write: New and Selected Poems (2011), Misplaced Objects and Other Poems (2014) and The Missing Rib (2016). Satchidanandan has won thirty-two literary awards and fellowships. He was bestowed with Knighthood of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and was on Ladbrokes’ list of Nobel probables in 2011. Please visit his website, www.satchidanandan.com, for more information.

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