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A book a day keeps the blues away; Your lockdown reading is here

April 11, 2020 7:48:44 pm

Reading is a solitary act, but during the lockdown, you can be alone together with other book lovers, thanks to these digital initiatives

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Anything but Typical

April 2, 2020 12:27:06 am

On World Autism Day, Suhasini Malde talks about her book Innocentism that explores the joys of devoting a life for the betterment of autistic children

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‘I wanted to create a non-Western-centric post-apocalyptic world,’ says Sophia Khan

March 16, 2020 5:20:37 am

Sophia Khan's book The Flight of the Arconaut, was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Karachi Literature Festival Getz Pharma Fiction Prize.

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This old library in a Punjab village is encouraging the youth to read

March 14, 2020 9:08:29 am

A 42-year-old library in a small village finds new readers

‘Salinger wanted success as a writer but he didn’t want celebrityhood’

March 13, 2020 12:10:09 am

Joana Rakoff on director Phillipe Falardeu’s new film on her book My Salinger Year, working at the literary agency that represented JD Salinger, and how she discovered the reclusive writer

A Home for Hope: Subhadra Sen Gupta’s new book makes the Constitution accessible to children

March 12, 2020 9:17:22 am

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.

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The Red Carpet

March 12, 2020 12:09:37 am

Conversations around India’s hotel industry dominated the book launch of From Oberoi to Oyo.

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John Stratton Hawley on his new book and how the city’s history is steeped in a vision of ‘Hinduism

March 9, 2020 8:34:39 am

Hawley, 78, is still hopeful that the faith that steered the creation of Vrindavan, will triumph over blatant commercialisation of religion. Excerpts from an interview.

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The Hard Truth

April 26, 2020 9:36:09 am

A Dalit insider’s experiment with touchables

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Life Everlasting

April 26, 2020 9:37:53 am

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

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The Rest is Not Noise

April 26, 2020 9:38:52 am

An unusual piece of writing on music, TM Krishna’s new book captures the issues of caste and purity that underlie the tradition of making and playing the mrdangam

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For a Better Life

March 7, 2020 12:21:54 am

Vivek Atray’s Finding Success Within analyses how success is not solely determined by material gains.

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Poet Akhil Katyal on wearing his politics on his sleeves and his new collection of poems

March 2, 2020 8:30:08 am

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.

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s memoir of the reform years presents a complicated picture

April 26, 2020 9:41:57 am

It is too easy to dismiss reformers like Montek as elitist. They may make errors of judgment, but they often had more faith in Indians than many of those who yelped loudly in the name of the poor.

A debut novel that shows promise but falters in the execution

April 26, 2020 9:42:00 am

So All Is Peace tells its readers how rigged the system is, how unfairly skewed it is in favour of men and how it is the complicity of men in taking advantage of their position in a patriarchal setup that leads to the horrors we see in the news every day.

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‘I am a ruthless novelist’: Elizabeth Gilbert

March 1, 2020 8:41:36 am

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

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Shokoofeh Azar is among the 13 writers, and Iran’s first, to be on the Booker Prize International longlist

March 1, 2020 8:43:23 am

Azar, 48, who has been living in Australia (Melbourne) as a political refugee since 2011, becomes the first Iranian author to have been recognised by the £50,000 prize, which is split between the winning author and translator.

Setting the Record Straight

February 28, 2020 2:40:53 am

British writer Hallie Rubenhold’s latest book tells the story of the five victims of Jack the Ripper.

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Milind Soman: I fell in love many times but never with a man

February 25, 2020 3:50:38 pm

The actor talks about how procrastination became his best friend in dealing with smoking addiction, why his wife to him was a mystery, breaking of vicious habits like smoking, alcohol and more.

Gautam Bhatia’s new book takes a nuanced look at the palimpsest that we perceive Delhi to be

February 23, 2020 8:54:44 am

The author accords a voice to the hustle and bustle of daily life in the city, as well as to distinctive personalities that reside in it, such as politicians, bureaucrats, labourers, builders, the rich and the poor.

Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka returns with a crackling whodunit a decade after his debut

February 23, 2020 9:03:23 am

It is clear that Karunatilaka is a fearless writer, perhaps the most important quality in a writer. It also helps that he is astonishingly funny. Together, these qualities make Chats with the Dead a fascinating read.

‘As an eternal foreigner, I don’t take anything for granted’: Isabel Allende

February 23, 2020 9:02:39 am

Peru-born Chilean writer Isabel Allende, 77, who describes herself as a ‘novelist, feminist, and philanthropist’ on carrying her family name with pride, immersing herself in poetry before a new work and her latest novel.

Rohingya refugees in India sketch their stories in a comic book

February 20, 2020 8:19:28 am

Put together by World Comics India, a collective that promotes comics as a communication and empowerment tool for the marginalised, the book is an outcome of a workshop conducted by the organisation with around 50-60 Rohingya refugees in Kalindi Kunj and Nuh, Mewat.

Shanta Gokhale’s latest book draws an intimate portrait of Shivaji Park

February 20, 2020 8:23:12 am

Gokhale’s portrait of Shivaji Park restores the neighbourhood’s heterogeneous character, starting with some of the earliest historical evidence of the people who migrated here when Mumbai was still a cluster of islands and the only “natives” were fisherfolk and Adivasis.

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Despite a few chefs doing stellar work, running a good restaurant in India remains difficult

February 18, 2020 8:40:00 am

Writer-columnist Anoothi Vishal, who, as a journalist, had documented the start of the so-called boom at the beginning of the new millennium, has examined what makes a few restaurants work where so many others fail in her new book Business on a Platter (2019).

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