Author Bradford Morrow. Photo: Jessamine Chan.
Author Bradford Morrow. Photo: Jessamine Chan.

Endpaper: Killing words

Contemporary rare book dealers, antiquarian book fairs, forgers… this book satisfies your craving for an authentic, engaging biblio-mystery »

Literati: A look at the world of books, publishing and writers

Watching Ameen Haque of The Storywallahs perform at the Kahani Tree, Bookaroo, was a treat. He wove stories, poetry and music together and had the audience singing and laughing along with him. In... »
Mushirul Hasan, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia University. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar Write Angle

Hasan and history

Last Sunday, a friend left a message for me on Facebook. “Professor Mushirul Hasan was injured in a road accident. He is critical.” I said a quick prayer for his life and health. As news came in, f... »
Writer's block

Of innumerable mistakes and love stories

In the recent weeks, I came across at least three people who believed that I was a crorepati — a millionaire. The reason behind their belief: writers these days are rolling in money, and sin... »
Life in Words

A wakeup call in verse

At the stroke of midnight on every New Years’ Eve, from as early as I can remember, I’ve been in our little church by the backwaters in Kochi. And as one year tumbled into the next, the air would s... »
Book jacket of “The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism” by Deborah Baker
December 19, 2014
Write Angle

Leap of faith, twice over

In this winter of discontent there is so much discussion on conversion and reconversion, ghar vapasi (coming home) and shuddhi (purification). At one level my mind goes back to Dayana... »
December 7, 2014

Print Pick

I was Nehru’s shadow Rs. 395.00 K.F. Rustumji acted as the Chief Security Officer of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru from 1952-58. He maintained a diary right from the firs... »
Shahid Siddiqui with his book
November 7, 2014
Write Angle

The Walled City postcard

Late December last year, I was in luck. I was on my way to meet renowned cultural theorist Homi Bhabha near Santa Cruz in Mumbai when I happened to see seasoned journalist-publisher-politician Shah... »
Alix Christie
November 2, 2014

Endpaper: Pressing news

The question ‘what did Gutenberg invent?’ is not as easy or simple to answer as we once thought.  Most of us know now what he invented was the process of movable type, not the printing press. But t... »
Arundhathi Subramaniam. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
November 2, 2014

Sacred thoughts

Arundhathi Subramaniam: You’ve already translated Andal (The Secret Garland). Was it a deepening fascination with the Srivaishnava tradition that led you to Nammalvar?Archana Venka... »
Author Tan Twan Eng
December 11, 2014

Constructing imageries

“I had this idea for a woman who had gone through the war and had come out scarred and scathed…I did not know who I could put her against. She was alone and that was not very interesting. While I... »
November 7, 2014
The Compulsive Browser

Secret histories

As the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl opens worldwide, the media is abuzz with stories of how a genre fiction not only became a bestselling phenomenon but a critical success. S... »
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
November 2, 2014

Literati: Happy readers

A recent article, “The Percy Jackson problem”, argued that Rick Riordan’s rewriting of Greek myths for a contemporary audience is unacceptable since it lures young readers away from the “classics”. »
Korma, Kheer & Kismet; Pamela Timms, Aleph, Rs.395
November 2, 2014

Feeling the heat

Pamela Timms’ book is built around some cornerstones of Old Delhi’s street food, interspersed with history, both personal and of the area. There are the old markets — Sadar, Subhash Chowk, Sitaram... »
Chennai, October 31, 2014
Writer’s block

A night owl’s tryst with writing

Haruki Murakami, one of the writers I idolise, is, like many other celebrated writers, an early riser. “I wake between four and five in the morning,” he says in his introduction to an anthology cal... »

Last Sunday, a friend left a message for me on Facebook. “Professor Mushirul Hasan was injured in a road accident. He is critical.” I said a quick prayer for his life and health. As news came in, f... »

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »