Naseeruddin Shah. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
The Hindu Naseeruddin Shah. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

Their stories, their voices

This has been a year of headline grabbing autobiographies and publishing houses are only too glad »
Assamese author Leena Sarma

Life in the land of plenty

Well-known Assamese author Leena Sarma talks about “A Melody in the Wilderness”, her first novel in English »
A still from 'Ghatashradha'.

IFFI pays homage to U. R. Ananthamurthy

The 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) paid homage to the memory of writer U. R. Ananthamurthy on Saturday during by screening Girish Kasaravalli’s 'Ghattashraddha'. Wi... »
Arpita Das

A decade with books

As Yoda Press turns 10, Arpita Das remembers the ups and downs that come with being an independent publishing house in India »
S. Anand

Fault lines

Despite a tight budget, Navayana’s co-founder S. Anand has singlehandedly produced significant books »
Working title: For Jasper it becomes the root of his work. Photo: Murali Kumar K.
Bangalore, November 23, 2014

Light and luminous

Jasper Daniel’s first book Salted Biscuits is a pocketful of beautiful surprises that come in the form of poems, short stories and inventive drawings and doodles. The writer has taken great... »
Himanjali Sankar
November 21, 2014

Choosing small, writing big

I almost don’t believe Himanjali Sankar when she tells me that she doesn’t really read Young Adult novels. I’ve just finished her book, “Talking of Muskaan”, and her grasp and understanding of teen... »
Shailendra Singh with his new book 'The True Story of Sunburn'
November 21, 2014

Sunburn saga in words

Sunburn festival, one of the largest music festivals is back, this time in the form of a book. Telling its story is none other than Sunburn inceptor and joint MD of Percept, Shailendra Singh. On a... »
Dr. Soibam Rebika Devi from Manipuri.
November 20, 2014

Under the spell of the Kural

The huge gathering at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan, Chennai, was proof of how the Tirukkural charms those who come under its spell. The occasion was the release of the Central Institute of Cla... »
Branthu: Chila Nirmaanarahasyangal
Thiruvananthapuram, November 20, 2014

What’s inside

Of past and present Collection of nine short stories that capture gory tales from the past and the complex fabric of present-day society. Branthu: Chila Nirmaanarahasy... »
Gregory Orr, Professor of English at the University of Virginia
November 20, 2014

Turn to verse for therapy

They had gone out hunting, the two brothers. What happened then was unimaginable. Gregory Orr, Professor of English at the University of Virginia says, “When I was 12-years-old, I was responsible... »
Chemban mullurumbu or the Red spiny ant.
Thiruvananthapuram, November 19, 2014

Into the big world of ants

Tiny, pesky beings and some have a sting too. Yet ants, yes we are talking about them, have always fascinated poets, storytellers and filmmakers too. We have read about hard-working ants, the corp... »
Meet your fave writer The books can even be delivered to your doorstep. Photo Courtesy: Lionel Lewis
Bangalore, November 18, 2014

Easing the reading process

There’s the never-gets-old, heated debate of tangible books versus online books, hard copy versus soft copy and page flipping versus page scrolling. And then there’s EasyLib. The endearing online... »
Edited by A. Raghuramaraju
Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 1,195.
November 17, 2014

One vision, many nuances

These are difficult times for the Indian polity. The nerve-racking oscillations Indian democracy has witnessed post-1990s, coinciding with perhaps the most active phase of economic reforms the... »

November 17, 2014

Know your English — November 18, 2014

What is the meaning and origin of ‘a bone to pick with someone’? (AK Arunachalam, Kancheepuram)This idiom has been around for over 400 years and it is mostly used in informal contexts... »

Atop the magic, faraway tree

Collection of emotions

Decoding ethics

Making it new with Moore

Lots in translation

His life, laid bare

Children’s Literature in India: A Fairy-Tale?

Bihar royals may file defamation suit against Chetan Bhagat

Sudeep Sen
COIMBATORE, November 21, 2014

Celebrating with Sudeep Sen

“The poet is much more the one who inspires, than the one who is inspired.” Paul Éluard I tend to associate Sudeep Sen with a kind and giving shade of blue. Blue, like the... »
Shahid Siddiqui. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
November 21, 2014

Shared experiences

The love-hate relationship between the people of India and Pakistan has been masterfully woven around the lives and aspirations of two brothers, Shiraz and Aijaz, by the politician and journalist t... »
Sudha Menon
November 20, 2014

Voices from the sidelines

“Ordinary people with extraordinary courage” forms the crux of author and former journalist Sudha Menon’s latest book Gifted. Launched recently at Starmark in the city, the book is a collection of... »
Thiruvananthapuram, November 20, 2014

Parched lives in the deserts

‘Hostage’ and ‘refugee’ are not the words we usually associate with people working abroad. But Marujeevitham by Shihabudheen Poithumkadavu, a set of poignant essays written largely on the e... »
Saleem Akhtar, the recipients of this year’s Majlis-e-Farogh-e-Urdu award
November 20, 2014

Grounded in erudition

Literature can only survive in the soap-opera driven post modern world only if it offers a window into a world shaped by felt cultural heritage. The longed-for world, if not completely lost, has be... »
A screenshot of the biography page of U.S. author Phil Klay's website. Mr. Klay’s “Redeployment”, a debut collection of searching, satiric and often agonised stories by an Iraq war veteran, won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday.
NEW YORK, November 20, 2014

Phil Klay wins US National Book Award for fiction

Phil Klay’s Redeployment, a debut collection of searching, satiric and often agonised stories by an Iraq war veteran, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Mr. Klay was cho... »
A scene from Interstellar
Los Angeles, November 19, 2014

Christopher Nolan writes ‘Interstellar’ prequel for comic

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has created an ‘Interstellar’ comic strip to help film fans who loved the outer-space blockbuster.Nolan’s artwork, titled ‘Absolute Zero’, focuses on mysterious... »
AND THEN ONE DAY — A Memoir: Naseeruddin Shah
Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 699.
November 17, 2014

A Shah in pursuit of acting truth

Do mavericks and iconoclasts have guardian angels? Naseeruddin Shah admits in And Then One Day that he has one. And in the course of the book, we feel that Shah has been the blue-eyed boy o... »
The Song of the Shirt. Cheap Clothes Across Continents and Centuries
Jeremy Seabook
Navayana Publishing Pvt. Ltd.,152, II Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110049. Rs. 495.
November 17, 2014

A bleak ode to Bangladesh’s garment industry

Thomas Hood’s 1843 poem Song of the Shirt is the title of ‘labour chronicler’ Jeremy Seabrook’s latest book. Hood’s poem, a scathing indictment of industrial Britain, was written in memory... »
Rajdeep Sardesai at the book launch. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
November 17, 2014

It is a true picture

“In the year 1999, the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed to rush to a television studio in a taxi when another BJP spokesperson backed out of the news show at the last minute,” recall... »

Death, journey’s end

Ambassador of cricket, ambassador of English

Beautiful words

A little girl and her short stories

Get your facts right

Amazon, Hachette end months-long dispute

It’s story time

As the who’s who of our serious film fraternity gathers in Goa for the International Film Festival of India, my mind goes back a few years to a nascent attempt by some well meaning critics to form... »

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