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Paromita Chakrabarti

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A little less certainty, a little more empathy
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

If anything, the debate over cancel culture has shown us that it’s imperative to introspect on who we are when we are not performing to an audience.

‘My engagement with gender and caste comes from my experience as a woman in an upper-caste household’
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

The Great Indian Tee and Snakes writer Kritika Pandey on winning the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020 and how she came to writing

Varavara Rao: Understanding his politics, literary work and the Elgar Parishad case
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Varavara Rao is a political prisoner and has been in jail since 2018 in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.

‘Raja Rao saw himself first as a seeker and then as a writer’
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

What is the significance of Kanthapura author Raja Rao's collection of essays, The Meaning of India, today?

Anita Roy: ‘Children’s publishing in India today is a necessary spectrum of books that keep it real and those that keep it fantastic’
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

The writer on her debut YA novel Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased, and why the ongoing ecological catastrophe stems from our inability to face up to being mortal.

Timbuktu, the faraway land that still isn’t far enough for coronavirus to reach 
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

The western African city whose name is a metaphor for a place too exotic and remote to even imagine, is in the grasp of Covid-19. A good time to look at Timbuktu, the city and the name.

Explained: Why J K Rowling’s views on sexuality have triggered a storm
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

Rowling’s account of the violence she suffered is an indication of the complex history that guides her opinion. At the same time, her cis-identity and its majoritarian privileges are overwhelming in the face of the odds the transgender community continues to face.

Akbar understood the complex nature of Hindustan: Ira Mukhoty
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

The writer on why the present-day vilification of the Mughals is a British legacy and what it was like to write about Akbar.

A Burning, the breakaway novel that everyone is talking about and its Indian-origin author
Sat, Jun 13, 2020

How New Yorker Megha Majumdar went from being 'not good in English' Kolkata girl to talk-of-the-town debut novelist.

‘Equality scares those who see themselves having the most to lose’
Sun, Jun 07, 2020

In her first novel for adults, The Mercies, children’s writer Kiran Millwood Hargrave examines women’s struggle against patriarchy through the prism of an infamous 17th century witch-hunt

Over 100 writers, illustrators come together for free-resource book for children stuck at home
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Katherine Rundell was at her home in Norfolk, working on her non-fiction book for adults on her favourite poet, John Donne, when the lockdown was announced. It was then that she decided to reach out to fellow children’s writers and illustrators.

A list of recommendations for the young ‘uns, this week on illustrated books on COVID-19
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

How to look after your mind and body in this season of disquiet.

On the joys of room-travel
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

How travel literature, during a lockdown, can teach us to rediscover the familiar spaces that we take for granted.

Social distancing: Here’s a guide to resources that can keep children entertained and informed
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

As schools remain shut and social distancing means more time indoors, count on these options to keep children engaged

Books on epidemics, pandemics and other health crises
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Three books, both fiction and non-fiction, that look at deadly diseases and how science ultimately got the better of them, but not before considerable human cost.

A Home for Hope: Subhadra Sen Gupta’s new book makes the Constitution accessible to children
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

It took Sen Gupta about nine months to finish the manuscript. By the time the book came out, people had taken to the streets to uphold the democratic ethos of the Constitution. In hindsight, Sen Gupta wishes she had done a segment on citizenship. Perhaps, that will be grist for another book.

Life Everlasting
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

A translation of Tagore’s memoir seeks to take it to a global audience

Award-winning poet and playwright Lemn Sissay on his lost childhood and a life unmoored
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The British-Ethiopian writer talks about his poems — on splinters, longing and hope — the power of forgiveness, the struggle to find his family and to reclaim his sense of worth

Books on the elephant in the room — mental health
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

A look at some books that initiates the conversation around depression, anxiety and other mental issues early on.

Poet Akhil Katyal on wearing his politics on his sleeves and his new collection of poems
Mon, Mar 02, 2020

Over the last couple of years, Katyal, along with a bunch of contemporaries, that now include vernacular poets such as Hussain Haidry and Aamir Aziz, have responded to the ruptures in India’s community life with poetry on social media.

‘I am a ruthless novelist’: Elizabeth Gilbert
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

American writer Elizabeth Gilbert on shaking up literary templates and holding up her scars to the light.

Three children’s books that talk about how to engage with the larger world
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Books that reflect on homesickness, illness, fear or just noticing the invisible people around us.

A symposium in Delhi addressed the highs and lows of failure
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

The symposium also saw a video recording of a reading by American writer Lydia Davis of her new short story, Learning to Sing, while actor Dhritiman Chaterji read out Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa’s Tobacco Shop.

Avni Doshi talks about exploring memory and the bitter aftertaste of messy relationships
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

In her debut novel, titled Girl in White Cotton, Doshi looks at familial bonds and how they damn us and unravel us. She sets the tone with her opening sentence: "I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure."

Howard Jacobson on writing his memoir, ageing and Brexit
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

The British writer on his latest novel, Live a Little, writing a central woman character for the first time, matters of age, and his fears about democracy.