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Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Adventures galore!

Ease your nerves and cheer up reading about these notable characters. »
The Patna Manual of Style: Stories; Siddharth Chowdhury, Aleph, Rs. 226.

Tribute to Patna

Short stories that take the reader into the thrilling world of writers, journalists, publishers, proof-readers and old bookshops. »

Moving people, one story at a time

City-based writer Philip John takes the flash fiction genre to a new level online. »
Siddharth Chowdhury

A city remembered

Siddharth Chowdhury talks about revisiting Patna in his new book, “The Patna Manual of Style” »
Lang's illustration of him in a buggy with Nana Sahib

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Remembering John Lang, a 19th century Australian novelist with an Indian connection. »
Author Jeffrey Archer Photo: Sangeetha Devi Dundoo
HYDERABAD, March 6, 2015

‘Money is irrelevant’

“When I got into the car on my way to this interview, I got a call saying the book is number 1 in South Africa, India, Australia and number 1 in Sunday Times in England; all this within the... »
Peru Edutha Kathakal
Thiruvananthapuram, March 5, 2015

What’s inside

What’s in a name? The author explores the reason behind the names of famous books in Malayalam, covering the works of 29 writers. Peru Edutha Kathakal, Sreejith Perunthachan,... »
March 4, 2015

Literati: Opportunities in publishing

In 2003 when mobile phones were new, we conducted an experiment at a publishing firm I was part of. We converted a print story into an audio file, dramatised it using voice actors, and recorded it.... »
Jaishree Misra. Photo: S. Anandan
March 4, 2015

History beckons again

Jaishree Misra was fascinated by the mystery of Margaret Wheeler’s life, which she came across while researching her historical novel, Rani. A British teen, daughter of a British General and... »
Collected Poems 1969-2014; Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Penguin, Rs.399.
March 4, 2015

Good marinade

The only time I met Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was when we were panelists at a literature festival. But I believe I know him much better now. I know his ancestral home in Allahabad, his trees, his wri... »
The place to find writers is in their writing.
March 4, 2015

Seeking direction

“Dada, Ashapurna Devi’r barita konta?” (Which way to Ashapurna Devi’s home?) I asked a passer-by. I was in Kolkata’s Baghajatin area and the man seemed to be in his early twenties.“Wh... »
March 3, 2015

Interview with bestselling author Jeffrey Archer

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer talks to The Hindu about the craft of storytelling, what he likes and dislikes about India, and what his ideal cricket World Cup finals would be like. He a... »
Displacement, Revolution, and the New Urban Condition - Theories and Cast Studies. Ipsita Chatterjee; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 645.
March 2, 2015

Towards a political economy of urbanism

This book is a microcosmic study of labour, migration, displacement, relocation and the upheaval they cause in terms of space and locale at one level and the exploitation at another. Seen... »
March 2, 2015

Know Your English — March 03, 2015

How is the word ‘schism’ pronounced? (T Sharmila, Cuttack) Some people pronounce the ‘sch’ like the ‘sk’ in ‘skit’, ‘skip’ and ‘skin’; others pronounce it like the ‘s’ in... »
The people behind the numbers Is what Swati set out to detail.
Bengaluru, March 2, 2015

A journey of life

Swati Chanda’s first novel Drowning Fish (Hachette India) spans three generations. The novels follows women from East Bengal after the 1950s, to a humble home in Triangular Park in Calcutta... »

Lessons from 1896 bubonic plague

From puritan to permissive

The missus

Write Angle: To each his own

Holding a dream in your hand

Portrait of a legend

Saga of passion and sacrifice

By woman, for women

Urdu poet Akhlaq Mohammed Khan 'Shahryar'.
March 5, 2015
Going native

Decoding an icon

Eccentric behaviour and dishevelled appearance do not betray any measure of creativity, and promiscuity and inertia hardly symbolise the aesthetic sensibility. If poetry garners widespread a... »
March 4, 2015

Life in a city

The term ‘Bangalored’ made its way into the English language as a verb, to describe Americans and Europeans losing their jobs to feisty startups and call centres that heralded the growth of the IT... »
Africa 39: New Writing from Africa; ed. Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Bloomsbury, Rs.450.
March 4, 2015

Creativity and dissidence

Freedom was never easy for the Africans. Leadership at various times imposed its authority on the writer or co-opted him/her for its political agenda. However, writers at variance with the state id... »
A.L. Kennedy.
March 4, 2015

A sense of Voice

A.L. Kennedy is a prize-winning writer fighting for the many forms and freedom of expression. She is not a raging bull, but don’t let the lightness of her physical form fool you. She fences dextrou... »
Too Afraid to Cry; Ali Cobby Eckermann, Navayana, Rs.295.
March 4, 2015

Emotional journey

Writer and poet Ali Cobby Eckermann hates squares. Her thoughts and writing are circular; the circles of her Aboriginal culture, which is in contrast to the ‘squareness’ of the white culture she wa... »
Author of book 'The Second Coming', Shubha Menon at the NYC Restaurant at Radisson Blu in New Delhi. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
March 4, 2015
Table for Two

The romance of life

The interaction over lunch with Shubha Menon, whose debut novel “The Second Coming”, a Harper Collins publication has already hit the stands, reflected many attributes of her profession. Beinga sea... »
Community, Memory, and migration in a globalizing world — The Goan Experience, c.1890-1980: Margret Frenz; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 995.
March 2, 2015

Goan migration: untold tales

Migration is as old as humanity. Vast masses of people have moved from country to country in search of food, livelihood or driven by famine, pestilence or occupying enemy forces. New civil... »
Epigraphical Reading in The Chola History. S. Chandnibi; Random Publications, 4376-A/4B Gali Murari Lal, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 1500.
March 2, 2015

Locating new domains under Chola rule

As resources for writing history, the corpus of Tamil Inscriptions is heterogeneous and the range of historical and social issues they illuminate tends to be extensive. Nilakanta Sastri, t... »
Renu Kurien Balakrishnan.
COIMBATORE, March 2, 2015

Four women

Renu Kurien Balakrishnan never meant to write a novel. She was happy teaching creative writing. Eight years ago, an idea floated into her mind and she sat down to hand-write a scene about a little... »
Ann Bowyer
March 1, 2015

A story of LOVE and a war

Ann Bowyer began writing as a young girl of 15. Her first book, A Token Of Love, published this year comes after her retirement from a teaching job, raising a family and related chore... »

The outsider’s voice

What Women Ought To Do

Some of our business

Noted sociologist Meera Kosambi passes away

Ramnarayan’s book ‘Third Man — recollections from a life in cricket’ released

For a safe road journey

Calling young diplomats

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