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An indentured worker’s journey

This new contribution to diaspora studies maps a woman’s tumultuous passage from India to West Indies »

Impact of migration on Himalayan communities

In the recent years I have travelled in and out of Nepal many times. In the mornings when I return from Kathmandu on a flight to New Delhi, a significant number of my fellow travellers at the airp... »
Chennai: 16/09/2014: The Hindu: oeb: Book Review Column:
Title: Shaping the Discourse. Women's Writings in Bengali Periodicals 1865 - 1947.
Author: Ipshita Chanda and Jayeeta Bagchi.
Publisher: School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University.

Voices of women from colonial Bengal

The purpose of an anthology is often the most important thing about it. The title, 'Shaping the Discourse', describes the light in which the collection of women's writings in Bengali periodicals f... »
Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy gets wrongly listed as co-author with Ambedkar

A series of misleading author listings for B.R. Ambedkar’s seminal text The Annihilation of Caste on web portals has generated a lot of flak against writer and columnist Arundhati Roy and pu... »
Writer Taslima Nasreen during the launch of her first poetry collection in Hindi

After 20 years, Taslima’s Lajja translated afresh

Translated by activist-writer Anchita Ghatak, the 20th anniversary edition of Lajja by Penguin is an updated one. »
September 15, 2014

Know your English - How to use 'then and there'

“I understand that your cousin is house hunting in Mumbai.”“Not anymore. He found a place he liked and signed the lease there and then.”“There and then? Shouldn’t you ...”“When... »
Husna Rahaman has recently come up with Spice Sorcery, yet another cookbook of her community but written in an engaging personalised storybook format.
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Family and food

Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, whose Hajra’s Recipes of Life for Life, published in 2010, perhaps became the first book in English on Kutchi Memon cooking, Husna Rahaman has recen... »
Kiran Joshi
September 14, 2014

Romance takes centre stage

When Kiran Joshi moved from India to Melbourne and in her own words was “jobless” for a few months, she chose to write. Her book Beyond Forever… in Love was published earlier this year, and... »
September 12, 2014

The best kind of Promise

“Some things you don't have to promise. You just do.” ¯ Rick YanceyGlissade. Sonatina. Petiole. As I turn the pages, new words from a different, more genteel time dance... »
Book cover of 'I am Pilgrim'
September 12, 2014

The compulsive browser: Spy vs Spy

The break-up of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War were not good news for spy fiction writers, as it meant losing their biggest source of inspiration. For some time, their attentio... »
Cricketer Rahul Dravid felicitates Murlikant Petkar, India's first gold medalist at paralympics, during a function for the launch of the book
MUMBAI, September 12, 2014

Rahul Dravid on courage beyond cricket

Rahul Dravid appreciated real courage in life displayed by a few special Indians under difficult circumstances. “Courage is not what we do in cricket,” began the former India captain, known for gu... »
Mary Poppins takes the Banks' children on fantastic adventures.
September 11, 2014

When Mary was a nanny

What is it about nannies, governesses and children’s film classics? “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” are two eternal favourites in this genre. In fact, last month celebrated the 50th anniver... »
A victim of Bhopal Gas Disaster at a hospital for treatment on 3rd december 1984. Photo: A.M.Faruqui
September 11, 2014

When gas poisons the conscience

Not infrequently indurate slip up effectuates a catastrophe but as time moves on people, even the victims, tend to regard it as a natural calamity for which no one is to be punished. Creative write... »
Chennai, September 11, 2014

Flights of fantasy

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Is this line familiar? Do you get that tingly, happy feeling seeping through you, warming your insides? Do you know who said this? Go on, you... »
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New Delhi, September 10, 2014

On the wedding trail

A potpourri of cultures that our society is, one grows up knowing and learning about many more traditions than just his/her own. But so deep they are that it’s difficult to ever absorb them wholly... »

Play’s the thing

Neel Mukherjee’s book makes the cut for Man Booker Prize

Hemingway's grandsons visit Cuban village

The story of a sterling public enterprise

Bending to back the status quo

Story of a girl

Chef Speak

The writer as translator

The cover of the book
New Delhi, September 15, 2014

Seventeen-year-old pens geo-political fiction

A geo-political drama interspersed with elements of romance set against the backdrop of the political uprising of 2013 in the national capital forms the subject of a novel released by 17-year-old... »
SHOOTING STRAIGHT Sorabh Pant
HYDERABAD, September 14, 2014

‘I like this kind of humour’

Sorabh Pant gets annoyed when he comes across headlines that scream ‘Seventeen year old raped…’ “Shouldn’t we focus on the perpetrator of the crime, shame him and say, for example, a 45-year-old m... »
Anita Agnihotri’s short stories, originally written in Bengali, evoke real, almost raw images – of poverty, injustice and human suffering.
September 12, 2014

From the other side

Translated by Arunava Sinha, Anita Agnihotri’s short stories, originally written in Bengali, evoke real, almost raw images – of poverty, injustice and human suffering. The details she works with m... »
New Delhi, September 12, 2014
Write Angle

Medicine for melancholy

To me, as a little boy growing up in the ’70s, S.D. Burman was just R.D. Burman’s father. Yes, R.D. who sang “Mehbooba mehbooba” in the epochal Sholay and preceded it with Yaadon ki Bara... »
A still from the animated english film
September 12, 2014

A giant peach for the one who gave us…

When your music teacher cousin gets his students to understand the importance of reading through the song, “So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you c... »
Agartala, September 12, 2014

Veteran Journalist Jiten Paul dies at 101

Jiten Paul, a veteran journalist and freedom fighter, passed away on Friday at a hospital in Agartala, at age of 101. With his demise, a brilliant legacy of journalism and social movement in north... »
WRITTINGS & REMINISCENCES.
September 11, 2014

Left an indelible impression

Vijay Siva writes, about Mahadevan, “Speaks the truth without rancour or hurt…” “He had the power of positive vibration…” says Neyveli Santhanagopalan.Both the Carnatic vocalists were talkin... »
September 11, 2014

Stuck in the mud!

The story Subroto Bandhopadhyay is also known as Stoob. If nagging parents and bullies at school weren’t enough, concentration too is a problem for him. If appearances could speak... »
Time to dress up We also have comics Photos: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Bangalore, September 10, 2014

And pop goes culture

Ever since its inception in 2012, Comic Con India has become an annual pop culture event across different cities. Though the event has given a platform for comic book writers and graphic novelists... »
Intizar Hussain: The Death of Sheherzad
New Delhi, September 10, 2014

Stories within stories

Writer, critic and literary historian Rakhshanda Jalil launched her new book of translation, “The Death of Sheherzad”, a collection of short stories by the inimitable Urdu writer Intizar Hussain, t... »

Harry Potter series most loved book on Facebook

When Ab Tak Chappan meets Sin City

Know your English — What is the difference between ‘jaunt’ and ‘junket’?

India, Pakistan and nuclear weapons

What ails Dharavi’s development

Tamil classics, a click away

In verse

To me, as a little boy growing up in the ’70s, S.D. Burman was just R.D. Burman’s father. Yes, R.D. who sang “Mehbooba mehbooba” in the epochal Sholay and preceded it with Yaadon ki Bara... »

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