Zulfikar Ghose

COLUMN: THE FORCE OF ORIGINALITY

COLUMN: THE FORCE OF ORIGINALITY

When asked a question about their contemporaries, famous established poets dodge giving an answer, for it would ... Published 22 May, 2022 10:01am
COLUMN: INTERVIEWS WITH THE POETS

COLUMN: INTERVIEWS WITH THE POETS

The technological revolution at the end of the 20th century eliminated the audience for interviews with poets... Updated 10 Apr, 2022 09:03am
COLUMN: WHO GETS PICKED?

COLUMN: WHO GETS PICKED?

Rereading the abandoned anthologies effects a curious revisionism in one’s literary appreciation... Published 13 Feb, 2022 09:36am
COLUMN: A SUMMER SET TALE

COLUMN: A SUMMER SET TALE

During the final decade of the Raj, when I lived with my Sialkoti family in Bombay [Mumbai], which attracted natives from... Published 26 Dec, 2021 07:01am
COLUMN: THE QUEST FOR FAME

COLUMN: THE QUEST FOR FAME

Those of us who thought of ourselves as serious writers at the time dismissed the Booker as designed to promote popular writers... Published 07 Nov, 2021 07:03am
COLUMN: SOME IRISH POETS

COLUMN: SOME IRISH POETS

While there’s little doubt that some of the finest English-language poetry, especially in the 20th century, has... Published 12 Sep, 2021 10:45am
COLUMN: WHAT’S IN A NAME

COLUMN: WHAT’S IN A NAME

Among the several new writers to receive prominent notices lately, the names of some of those accorded high acclaim... Published 01 Aug, 2021 07:05am
COLUMN: THE SMALL PRESS SAVIOURS

COLUMN: THE SMALL PRESS SAVIOURS

What is to become of literature, one wonders, seeing everywhere one goes, whether taking a walk in a park or a seat... Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
COLUMN: ALMINO'S MAJNUN AND LAILA

COLUMN: ALMINO'S MAJNUN AND LAILA

What first provoked my curious attention when I opened João Almino’s novel, Enigmas of Spring, was that its hero... Published 25 Apr, 2021 06:20am
COLUMN: AGHA SHAHID ALI'S HIMALAYAS

COLUMN: AGHA SHAHID ALI'S HIMALAYAS

It is nearly 20 years since Agha Shahid Ali, the eminent Kashmiri poet, died aged 52. Rereading his books —... Published 07 Mar, 2021 06:55am
COLUMN: MUSLIMS SHAPING EUROPE

COLUMN: MUSLIMS SHAPING EUROPE

Those of us who grew up during the last years of the British Raj had little choice if we wanted a decent education... Published 17 Jan, 2021 06:55am
COLUMN: BALZAC'S SKIN OF GRIEF

COLUMN: BALZAC'S SKIN OF GRIEF

He shows Raphael a strangely brilliant piece of shagreen; anyone who possesses the skin and makes a wish will have his wish... Updated 29 Nov, 2020 04:22pm
COLUMN: CLOSING BOOKSHOPS

COLUMN: CLOSING BOOKSHOPS

That sort of rapport between a writer and a bookseller has long vanished as have many of the shops, including the one I knew... Published 11 Oct, 2020 07:01am
COLUMN: POETRY IN TRANSLATION

COLUMN: POETRY IN TRANSLATION

Sometimes, reading a chance remark that asserts a surprising claim persuades us to reread a text to see if we’d... Published 23 Aug, 2020 07:15am
COLUMN: THE SYCORAX SYNDROME

COLUMN: THE SYCORAX SYNDROME

In an unpublished essay composed some 10 years ago, titled ‘The Sycorax Syndrome’, English poet Christopher Middleton Published 28 Jun, 2020 06:56am
COLUMN: VERGA AND ITALIAN MODERNISM

COLUMN: VERGA AND ITALIAN MODERNISM

The eminence claimed for Lampedusa is based on referring to his novel as that by a Sicilian writing about Sicily. Updated 03 May, 2020 12:40pm
COLUMN: TWO POEMS

COLUMN: TWO POEMS

Two unpublished poems from the writer… Published 08 Mar, 2020 08:19am
COLUMN: BOMBAL AND HER VISION

COLUMN: BOMBAL AND HER VISION

Long before the much-celebrated Latin American boom that is associated with the 1967 publication of One Hundred ... Updated 30 Dec, 2019 02:30pm
COLUMN: THE MAKING OF DJUNA BARNES

COLUMN: THE MAKING OF DJUNA BARNES

Reading T.S. Eliot’s letters, one learns how an obscure work by an unknown writer is pushed to the attention of a... Updated 28 Oct, 2019 11:39am
COLUMN: THE CASE OF GEORGE BARKER

COLUMN: THE CASE OF GEORGE BARKER

The letters in the seventh volume of T.S. Eliot’s massive correspondence — written during 1934-35 when he was a... Updated 26 Aug, 2019 09:55am