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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbea...
  • Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

    Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country’s top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, ...
  • Solitary crusader for Naya Bihar

    Nitish used astuteness and duplicity to get, and keep, power, says this political biography
  • A soft account of the Rajiv Gandhi era

    When you look at the Rajiv Gandhi era the first impression you get is that here was a reluctant entrant into politics who was forced to take the reins of power upon the assassination of his mother an...
  • Down memory lane with a soulful actor

    “I think I am most like Rosie. She’s a straightforward woman who knows her own mind and stands by what she believes in.” It took many years for Nasreen Munni Kabir to get Waheeda Rehman to agree to h...
The aim of the comic book is to help young girls manage their periods effectively and to help parents and educators teach them about menstruation
CHENNAI, April 20, 2014

Dispelling stigma, the comics way

This June, young girls in the State will have a fun resource to learn about an important biological function. Menstrupedia, an Ahmedabad-based initiative, is planning to release a comic boo... »
chennai, April 19, 2014
melange: Life in words

Short stories, shorter still

I must have been 12 the summer I fell under Scheherazade’s spell. The family members were ardent followers of a book dealer’s club and believed in buying books to win more books. So with ‘How to fi... »
Naheed Hasan says there are so many
wonderful writers from South Asia and this was a great opportunity to initiate a campaign that would highlight women writers.
Visakhapatnam, April 18, 2014

The year of ‘reading women’

What started as a small initiative by an American literary journal has snowballed into a worldwide movement. Publishing houses across the world are celebrating what they term as the ‘Year of re... »
Donna Tartt
delhi, April 16, 2014

Prima Donna

When you read The Goldfinch, those eleven years Donna Tartt spent writing it suddenly make sense. That she compares writing each book to a long sea-voyage also makes sense. The Goldfinch... »
Vijay Seshadri
April 16, 2014

India-born poet wins Pulitzer

When it released, published by Greywolf, a small independent publishing house in Midwest America, Vijay Seshadri’s slim volume of poetry slipped under the radar, as poetry, ever beautiful, groundbr... »
A story on wheels: Divya Jain says the book is a celebration of trucking. Photo: K. Gopinathan
Bangalore, April 15, 2014

A tribute to the trucking spirit

Trucks! When you hear the word, the things that come to mind are drunkenness, AIDS, traffic jams and accidents. What we fail to notice is their vivid colours, the lives of the truck drivers, their... »
CARIBBEAN ISSUES IN THE INDIAN DIASPORA: Edited by Kumar Mahabir; Serials Publications Pvt. Ltd., 4830/ 24, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 750.
April 14, 2014

Reconnecting with dispersed communities

Honestly, at the outset, one would tend to think that this was just another one of those books on diaspora that are doing the rounds these days. In size, shape, and perhaps even in production, the... »
April 14, 2014

Know your English — meaning of ‘get the monkey off the back’

What is the difference between ‘trip’ and ‘journey’? (S Das, Chennai) In both cases, you are going from one place to another. The word ‘journey’ suggests that you... »
With journalist Soma Banerjee, Chikermane charts the journey of Kejriwal and AAP, from its inception to its ascent to power in Delhi, all in 13 very short, but very packed months.
new delhi, April 14, 2014

That face of the ‘Mango Man’

Journalist Gautam Chikermane’s new book, “The Disrupter” (Rupa), tells you that he has been tracking the unholy trinity of money, power and faith, for a very long time. It is no surprise, then, tha... »
Sue Townsend
April 14, 2014

A farewell to Adrian Mole

Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13 and three fourth -year-old undiscovered intellectualAdrian MoleAt 13... »

Books as journalists

Between the Covers

Mapping militancy

New Arrivals: English Books

A case for economic integration in S.Asia

The evolving worldview of South Asian Muslims

Tamil in the time of Kindle

Carnatic music, the comic book way

The Corner Office by Ashutosh Garg
new delhi, April 19, 2014
melange

Life on a ladder

Launched September last, the gist of “The Corner Office”, by debutant novelist Ashutosh Garg, is well summed up by a quote at the beginning, attributed to an 80-year-old Jewish rabbi reflecting the... »
A view of the Landmark store at Nungambakkam. Photo : R Ravindran.
chennai, April 18, 2014
melange

Landmark hasn’t ditched me, I ditched Landmark

Once upon a time, when you looked for directions in the journey of life, it was often a bookshop that served as a landmark to find the path ahead. The lives of many people were altered just becaus... »
Chennai, April 18, 2014
AUTOBIOGRAPHY

On a spiritual adventure

This is an account of the amazing journey an American youth embarks on responding to the call of his heart. Barely out of his teens, restless Richard Slavin leaves the warm comfort of his Chicago... »
At the launch of Vaiju Naravane's book.
delhi, April 16, 2014

Past imperfect

Transgressions, a novel by renowned Paris-based journalist Vaiju Naravane, who writes for The Hindu, begins with an end: that of its protagonist, the beautiful Indian fashion designe... »
Shobhaa De
ISLAMABAD, April 15, 2014

Shobhaa De, Ritu Menon to attend second Islamabad Literature Festival

Indian authors Shobhaa De and Ritu Menon will take part in the three-day second Islamabad Literature Festival from April 25 to 27 organised by the Oxford University Press (OUP). Announcing t... »
JUDICIAL RESPONSE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE: Mohd. Ashraf Ali; Raj Publications, G-108, 4855/24, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 495.
April 14, 2014

Tracing the judicial trajectory on social justice

Submitting a proposition that the post-colonial Indian political trajectory could very well be characterised as a contestation for establishing the spirit of social justice as a public value is ce... »
A Rebel and Her Cause — The Life and Work of Rashid Jahan: Rakhshanda Jalil; Women Unlimited, 7/10, Sarvapriya Vihar, New Delhi-110016, in association with IGNCA, New Delhi. Rs. 395.
April 14, 2014

New Arrivals: English books

The Sixth Extinction — An Unnatural History: Elizabeth Kolbert; Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., Vishrut Building, DDA Complex, Building No.3, Pocket C-6 & 7, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-11007... »
Author Anna Morcom
hyderabad, April 14, 2014

‘The first time I saw Hindi films, I thought they were unrealistic’

Academic and a huge Indian cinema enthusiast Anna Morcom was surprised when she learnt through Varsha Kale, President of Indian bargirls union, that the bargirls were to a large extent from traditi... »
Researchers from foreign universities at the library. Photo: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty
new delhi, April 14, 2014
COMMUNITY CHRONICLES

And drops formed an ocean…

Old Delhi, to the general mind, is a picture of chaos, rickshaws, pullers, pushers and a teeming crowd. But there is none of it in this part of the Walled City that I venture into — Pahari Imli bey... »
Nasreen Munni Kabir. Photo: Nagara Gopal
April 12, 2014
Her Own Voice

Looking back at a lifetime

Nasreen Munni Kabir talks to people. She has had conversations with Lata Mangeshkar, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar and A.R. Rahman. And most recently with Waheeda Rehman, the star of films like Guide »

Adrian Mole creator dead

HC restrains publication of book for 3 months

Of past and present

Know your English — 8-4-14

When Gandhi was bypassed with respectful attention

Remembering inspiration

Starting trouble

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. <... »

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