Essays/Reportage

A Template for Violence

The Caravan (2019)

A long read, combining reportage and historical study, on the 1969 Gujarat riots

https://caravanmagazine.in/history/the-riots-that-changed-the-course-of-gujarats-political-history

 

Brewing Discontent

The Caravan (2018)

A report on the politics of the mahua flower in Madhya Pradesh's Umaria district, leading up to the state's assembly elections

https://caravanmagazine.in/communities/madhya-pradesh-government-failed-attempt-reach-adivasis-through-mahua

Is There an Identity Crisis?

Open Magazine (2018)

A personal reflection on the situation of young contemporary dance makers in India

http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/dance/is-there-an-identity-crisis

Epic Retellings

Open Magazine (2018)

On the interest in telling and subverting the Ramayana in Indian contemporary, urban performance 

http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/dance/epic-retellings

Jack Gilbert, The Poet of My Heart

The Hindu BLInk (2018)

A meditative and critical essay on the power of Jack Gilbert's poetry 

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/read/jack-gilbert-the-poet-of-my-heart/article23523334.ece

Losing the Plot: A Cult Filmmaker’s Indian Misadventure

The Caravan (2017)

Digging into the past of Alejandro Jodorowsky's "buried" Indian film 

http://www.caravanmagazine.in/reportage/jodorowsky-indian-misadventure

Possessing Skies: Shilpa Gupta

Asymptote (2017)

A reading of Indian visual artist Shilpa Gupta's language-based installations 

https://www.asymptotejournal.com/visual/poorna-swami-shilpa-gupta-possessing-skies/

Reviews

Praying for Time

Livemint (2018)

on Anjum Hasan's short story collection, A Day in the Life

https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/4d9SM8WKKzUoJnNHesRskL/Praying-for-time.html

King Lear in India

Open Magazine (2017)

on Preti Taneja's We That Are Young 

http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/books/king-lear-in-india

A Wounded Memory 

Open Magazine (2017)

a comparative review of two books on the Indian Partition 

http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/books/a-wounded-memory

Poems

Poems in Saffron Ink

TheWire.in  (2017)

https://thewire.in/?s=poorna+poems+in+saffron+ink

काला अक्षर भैंस बराबर and River Letters

Prelude  (2017)

https://preludemag.com/contributors/poorna-swami/

Etymology 

Indiana Review (2015) 

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