At Raspberry’s shop. Photo: K. Ragesh
At Raspberry’s shop. Photo: K. Ragesh

Small and spunky

In the publishing market presided over by big brands, small publishers survive by digging out new voices and finding new concerns »
Aathish relates the past and the present. Photo: Prashant Nakwe

The history of everything

Apart from a journey through Sanskrit and India from the emergency to the tumultuous 90’s, Aathish Taseer’s book is the take of a family living in those times »
Secret Diary of the world's worst friend

In the world of children

Subhadra Sen Gupta, winner of the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar this year, talks about her latest books »
Hillside History: C. Balagopal. Photo: V. Ganesan

The Northeast diary

Former IAS officer C. Balagopal describes the Manipur of the late 1970s in his first book On A Clear Day You can See India »
British Author Anita Anand launches a book with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the39th International Kolkata Book Fair in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Kolkata book fair opens

The 39th International Kolkata Book Fair was inaugurated here on Tuesday by British journalist and TV news presenter Anita Anand and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Lauding Indian authors and... »
Mohsin Hamid
January 30, 2015
Write Angle

As they see it

Mention the word Pakistan and many images whiz past your mind. If your idea of Pakistan stems from our jingoistic Hindi commercial cinema or rabble-rousing politicians, the image would not be exac... »
Javier Moro. Photo: Vivek Bendre
MUMBAI, January 30, 2015

'The Red Sari' humanises its subject, says Javier Moro

“For four years, I have been sleeping with you” — it takes some nerve to introduce yourself that way to Sonia Gandhi. But it was also a purpose that drove Javier Moro to introduce himself to the f... »
Christ University Kannada Sangha
releases Matte Bantu Shravana, a
compilation of poems edited by Vikram Visaji, on January 31, 4 p.m. The book will be released by Devanuru Mahadeva, and the chief guest is Dr. H.S. Venkatesha Murthy.
Tarini Shubhadayini will speak about the collection. The venue is Christ University premises, Hosur Road,
January 29, 2015

Walking unique paths

The Kannada Sangha of Christ University has been conducting poetry competitions for well over three decades now. The poems are invited from universities and colleges in every corner of Karnataka.... »
Ashwin Sanghi at Cafe UNO, Shangri –La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
January 28, 2015
Table for Two

A true storyteller

It became clear during an interaction with Ashwin Sanghi as to why he is among India’s highest-selling English fiction authors having written three independent novels, “The Rozabal Line”, “Chanakya... »
INDIANS IN SINGAPORE 1819-1945 — Diaspora in the Colonial Port City: Rajesh Rai; Oxford University Press, Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 995.
January 26, 2015

Diasporic change and continuity

Eminently suited to write about the subject, Rajesh Rai, a third generation Indian of Singapore, explains the choice of title in his introduction: in spite of what Blundell said of Singapo... »
INDIA’S DOCTRINE PUZZLE — Limiting War in South Asia: Ali Ahmed; Routledge, 912 Tolstoy House, 15-17, Tolstoy Marg, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 695.
January 26, 2015

From ‘cold start’ to ‘limited war’, many unanswered questions

As the author, a Political Officer with the U.N. after a stint in the Indian Army, concedes, the limitations of this book lie in the fact that it covers mostly the Army’s Doctrine, to the near-exc... »
January 26, 2015

Know your English — January 27, 2015

“So, what has your Principal decided to do? Is he planning to ...”“I have no idea. All I know is, he has received a great deal of suggestions, and he ...”“You mean ‘many suggestions’,... »
Suniti Namjoshi. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
HYDERABAD, January 26, 2015

‘Children should be fed the best’

She might be in her 70s but she’s just as feisty as any other youngster on the block. She has a sparkle in her eye and a strong opinion on what makes for a good book. Conversations with... »
Noted writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee Ponneelan addressing a meeting organised in support of writer Perumal Murugan in Salemon Saturday. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
SALEM, January 26, 2015

Perumal Murugan urged to resume writing

Communal outfits have taken advantage of the ignorance of the common public of Tiruchengode to launch an unethical tirade against progressive writer Perumal Murugan to silence him for ever, said Po... »
Anu Hasan at the city launch of her book. Photo: B. Jyoti Ramalingam
January 25, 2015

Being Anu Hasan

You’re just a famous person’s niece. What does it mean?” asks Anuradha Chandrahasan. Inspite of the Hasan surname, her niche, says Anu, is one she’s carved for herself.Actor, entrepreneur, t... »

Arundhathi Subramaniam wins poetry prize

Artfully speaking, at the Lit Fest

Writer's block: Why Chetan Bhagat and Amish may help the cause of literature

Hindi Belt: A glimpse into an unfamiliar world

Hindu temples in Pakistan evoke shared past: author

Onward Cottonians!

Of Krishna and his adventures

What’s inside: Power games

Arundhathi Subramaniam
January 30, 2015
Running on poetry

Travels with Arundhathi

The poems in Arundhathi Subramaniam’s When God is a Traveller, are evocative, soulful and steadfast in their exploration of love, belonging, family and faith. The book demands compulsive re... »
Cheryl Rao
January 29, 2015

Get spooked

Author: Cheryl RaoPublisher: DC BooksPrice: Rs. 100This collection of spooky stories will have you sitting on the edge of your seats and wondering. Divya l... »
SYDNEY, January 29, 2015

‘The Thorn Birds’ author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel The Thorn Birds sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died on Thursd... »
Mani Rao and Srinivas Reddy. Photo: Sangeetha Devi Dundoo
January 27, 2015

Kalidasa for today’s readers

Classical works of literature in Sanskrit like that of Kalidasa have been translated to other languages for ages. What then necessitates contemporary translations, a young reader at the Hyderabad L... »
EDITOR UNPLUGGED — Media, Magnates, Netas & Me: Vinod Mehta; Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 7th Floor, Infinity Tower-C, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon-122002. Rs. 599.
January 26, 2015

The editor and some innocuous gossip

Picking up an (auto)biography reflects the desire of a reader for an intimate relationship with the author. An entire publishing industry thrives around the desire of readers to seek the life-stor... »
At Home in India —
The Muslim Saga:
Salman Khurshid;
Hay House
Publishers (India)
Pvt. Ltd.,
Muskaan Complex,
Plot No. 3,
B-2 Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi-110070.
Rs. 699.
January 26, 2015

New arrivals: English books

Being Mizo — Identity and Belonging in Northeast India: Joy L.K. Pachuau; Rs. 895. After Timur Left — Culture and Circulation in Fifteenth-Century North India: Edited... »
Ashok Banker interacts with his fans at the Hyderabad Literary Festival. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
HYDERABAD, January 26, 2015

‘Authors shouldn’t be salesmen’

Easy Library, the little corner library near Shaikpet Dargah has a special visitor for its first anniversary celebrations. Shelves stacked with literary classics, pulp fiction, novels and children... »
As many as 2.45 lakh people visited the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace this year. Above, audience at a session on Sunday. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras
JAIPUR, January 26, 2015

Jaipur litfest signs off with record attendance

The eighth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, ended on Sunday with a record participation of 2.45 lakh people during the five days.The fe... »
Gautam Benegal
January 25, 2015

A city of memories

“The Green of Bengal” (HarperCollins India) is artist, film-maker and writer Gautam Benegal’s second collection of short stories, and his second literary visit to the Calcutta of memories. Short, l... »
January 25, 2015

A dictionary for all seasons

For a writer, words are their world. And for a true-blue writer, a dictionary is his most treasured book. With every edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, new words are added from ac... »

Protest Poetry

‘I am my own person’

Of fun and identity

Jhumpa Lahiri wins DSC Prize for 2015

Guru Dutt wanted me to change my name: Waheeda Rehman

No one can change history - we are the same people, says Pakistani author

Book review: Historical riddles

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