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Shake Chilli

Author is an Indian novelist, poet and essayist, currently working as an associate professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.

VOICES

 |  Shake Chilli  |   5-minute read

Dear Hindus, Muslims and others, will you ever take your eyes off the magic mirrors?

Like Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, you all are prisoners of your own beautiful narratives, your perceptions of your perfection. This is harming you. And us. We need to look away.

POLITICS

 |  Shake Chilli  |   5-minute read

How a bomb in Iran and bombast from Donald Trump are part of the Pulwama backdrop

The US ‘condemning’ Pulwama is not enough. Given a range of complex new threats, India needs to keep its eyes, and its options, open.

POLITICS

 |  Shake Chilli  |   6-minute read

Dark Secret: Why Donald Trump digs coal

The 'cowboy of industrial capitalism', coal evokes a time when workers actually mattered. But for all of Trump's promises on bringing back those days, he has only helped finance capitalism get stronger.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Shake Chilli  |   5-minute read

Why literature festivals, as a writer, fill me with utmost dread

The writer as a public figure is now seen as a performer for the crowds.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Shake Chilli  |   5-minute read

This is how we're losing the joy of reading

Literature has never been only about getting to your destination.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Shake Chilli  |   3-minute read

Why we must read stories to our children

One of the worst crimes parents are capable of is depriving their little ones of their inherent sense of excitement at being alive.

SPORTS

 |  Shake Chilli  |   4-minute read

What stops India from clinching medals at Olympics

Our authorities need to select sports and games in which money can go a long way.

LIFE

 |  Shake Chilli  |   3-minute read

From Nazi horrors to genetic mapping, Siddhartha Mukherjee tells a great story

In 'The Gene: An Intimate History', the Pulitzer-winning author traces the tale of the gene from an obscure abbey in Moravia in 1856 to the present times.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Shake Chilli  |   4-minute read

Are translations of religious texts demoting God?

If The Supreme is needed to be 'justified' in literature, it could also critique, deny and even replace Him.

POLITICS

 |  Shake Chilli  |   4-minute read

What Islamist, Hindutva preachers of hatred can learn from Gandhi

The ideologues of today cannot even come close to matching the Mahatma's humanity, political foresight and moral courage.