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Büyükada v. bustle

Greetings from Büyükada, the largest of the Prinkipoi, or Princes’ Islands, in the Sea of Marmara, where we sit nibbling Armenian biscuits in the white timber-fronted family home of our pal Pelin, while she translates the poems of Zöe. We … Continue reading

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Flying Economy to Byzantium

As we sit, puzzling over how our shoelaces get tied, I’m awaiting the departure of a snow-delayed flight to Heathrow. From thence (after what will now be a mad dash between terminals including retrieving my own luggage and checking in) … Continue reading

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Translation of Bill Herbert’s ‘Forgive the Flies’ into Tamil

Here’s Bill Herbert’s poem. Forgive the Flies We must forgive the flies because they are so young, their cortices so small, that they don’t understand what it is they crawl on. They greet everything like little deities: sugar and excrement … Continue reading


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Post-autumn : Poem by Raphael Urweider

I am sharing this poem because this is the LEAST expected of me. I have never translated a love poem most of my life, thinking that since the revolution was just around the corner, I had to translate urgent and … Continue reading

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The Times of India Interview

And like Bill Herbert, I too didn’t get to read the Times of India Crest Edition article on the translation workshop. So, here are my answers to Joeanna Rebello’s questions: Q: Translation in literature has always invited debate and scrutiny; … Continue reading

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