Jean Paul Sartre
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The philosopher who turned down the Nobel 50 years ago

Fifty years ago, Jean-Paul Sartre refused the Nobel Prize for literature. His reputation has waned, but his intellectual struggle is still pertinent. »
Rajam Krishnan

Rajam Krishnan: A Relentless Raconteur

I think a writer dies when he/she stops writing. The common phenomenon of death does not apply to them. Rajam Krishnan, (1925-2014) once prolific and a writer with a mission and purpose passed away... »

Collector’s items

The magazines have literary articles, short stories, poems, travel pieces and spiritual content. »
RECASTING CASTE — From the Sacred to the Profane: Hira Singh; Sage Publications India Ltd., B1/I-1 Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 795.

Profaning the allegedly religious

The author argues that caste society is founded on material relations, particularly those to do with land ownership »
FORGED IN CRISIS — India and the United States Since 1947: Rudra Chaudhuri; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 699.

Ties untrammelled by crises

Every U.S. administration since the time of Eisenhower understood why India chose the path of non-alignment »
October 24, 2014

The compulsive browser: nature vs nurture

On the island of Jamaica is Accompong, a town founded by former slaves known as the Maroons. This group had fought a fierce war with the British to earn its emancipation. The Maroons owe their lin... »
Navamadhyamangalude Puthiya Aakashangal
Thiruvananthapuram, October 23, 2014

What’s inside

New age media Analysis of trends in journalism, covering web journalism, social media, and citizen journalism, and how all the above have changed the scope of journalism. Nava... »
CLEAR.HOLD.BUILD — Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India: Sudeep Chakravarti; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 599.
October 21, 2014

Documenting rights violations by businesses

“During 2014, major companies from emerging economies will face increasing questions about how they are seeking to implement the responsibility to respect human rights. They will need to provide s... »
October 21, 2014

Know your English — Difference between ‘impersonate’ and ‘mimic’

What is the difference between ‘impersonate’ and ‘mimic’? (Smarti Sarang, Lucknow) Both words can be used to mean to imitate, but ‘impersonate’ is considered to be the for... »
Saheli Mitra's debut novel Lost Words, a romantic thriller, tells its story through a series of letters.
October 19, 2014

For love of a letter

Letters from yesterday. Faded ink and sepia tones. An isthmus between two people that holds stories of a time gone by on its brittle pages. Letters may have been replaced by less romantic fo... »
October 19, 2014

The big picture

Every bibliophile will have their own story of how their favourite books have found a place on their shelves. From finding books on trains, planes and automobiles (often the loss of a book becomes... »
Historian William Dalrymple was in the city to speak at the launch of ‘Return Of A King’ at Starmark bookstore and to deliver a lecture on the same at Stella Maris College. Photo: R. Ragu
October 17, 2014

A passage through India

It takes a William Dalrymple to fill malls and college halls with crowds that will wait hours for him to arrive, and hang on his every word while he launches a book that’s over a year old. “Imagin... »
Madras Literary Society Library. Photo: K. Pichumani
October 17, 2014

At home with books

Madras Literary Society The Madras Literary Society was started by Thomas Newbolt, a Chief Justice of the Madras High Court in 1812 along with the Bengal Asiatic Society, Calcutta... »
Hetal Adesara’s maiden novel “Matrimonial Mocktales” (Om Books International) centres on a girl raised in a traditional, conservative Sikh family who wants the perfect Mills & Boon romance though it does not happen that way.
October 17, 2014

Pursuing marital bliss

Hetal Adesara’s maiden novel “Matrimonial Mocktales” (Om Books International) centres on a girl raised in a traditional, conservative Sikh family who wants the perfect Mills & Boon romance tho... »
Pakistani writer Intizar Husain in New Delhi. Photo: Anu Pushkarna
October 16, 2014

Going Native: Candid moments

Much ink has been expended order artistic elegance and aesthetic sensibility of Faiz but one can still look for some texts that may introduce the reader to his unflinching commitment to humanity an... »

Tamil poet Iqbal named for Singapore’s highest cultural award

Out of the shadows

Australia’s Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize with war story

Murder, he wrote

New Arrivals

Some reason, some controversial views on civil servants

Role of learning in the economy

Kathmandu unravelled

Author Ajeet Kaur, founder of Academy for Fine Arts and Literature. Photo: V. V. Krishnan
October 24, 2014

The many layered world of Ajeet Cour

I had been a long distance admirer of her craft for many years; my opinion formed on the basis of a short story here, another one there. And often heard her name whispered with natural reverence in... »
JAIPUR, October 21, 2014

Jaipur Lit Fest’s contest for young writers

The Jaipur Literature Festival has announced a new annual writing competition for budding authors.Supported by Teamwork Arts, producers of the Festival, the competition is open to applicant... »
Democratizing Forest Governance in India: Edited by Sharachandra Lele, Ajit Menon; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 495.
October 21, 2014

New arrivals: English books

Community, Memory and Migration in a Globalizing World — The Goan Experience, C.1980-1980: Maregret Frenz; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001.... »
At the book launch
October 19, 2014

A sting in the tale

To make his second novel titled, “Tamanna: A true story of forbidden love”, sound authentic, Tejeshwar Singh, a Delhi-based proprietor of a software consultancy firm, took the bold decision of maki... »
October 19, 2014

The challenge of caste

Reading, for the voracious, is often like a good cup of tea. It is light, comforting and warm and lifts up your spirits on a bad day. Often, as you discover yourself and your interests evolve, you... »
Acrostics are a clever literary technique Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth have used it in their poems
October 17, 2014

Very Exciting Really Smooth Expressions

Perhaps you’ve done this. You take the first letter of each line to make a poem or just a name or phrase. When you read it vertically, you see the poem. Many of us have indulged in this fun pastim... »
K. Balasubramaniyan with some of the books in his vast personal collection. Photot: R.M. Rajarathinam
October 17, 2014

A mini-empire of books

It’s not just the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves spread across 13 rooms at this Thillai Nagar residence that hold your attention: it’s the love that lights up K. Balasubramaniyan’s eyes when he talks... »
Poet-activist Salma
October 17, 2014

Telling it as it is

On May 26, this year, poet Salma received a letter inviting her to be a guest of honour at the Writers of India Festival, Paris, in September. The festival, a new collaboration between Columbia Un... »
Kuldeep Kumar
October 17, 2014

Hindi Belt: A different life in letters

The issue of same-sex relationships has been occupying considerable space in public discourse for quite some time. It was fiercely debated when in December last year, the Supreme Court of India ove... »
R.P. Raja
Thiruvananthapuram, October 16, 2014

On the trail of a poet and scholar

Ask any Malayali mother to sing her favourite lullaby, and ten to one, you will hear ‘Omanathinkalkkidaavo…’ Ask her who wrote those fine lines and more often than not, you are likely to draw a... »

A novel Flanagan was ‘born to write’

Happy Birthday, Plum!

Peter Carey bemoans expansion of Booker prize to US authors

Contest for renaming Khushwant Singh’s book

Know your English

A quill of hope in a valley beset by despondency

Wandering, wondering...

I had been a long distance admirer of her craft for many years; my opinion formed on the basis of a short story here, another one there. And often heard her name whispered with natural reverence in... »

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