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Reality of displacement

Suad Amiry relives the agony and pain inflicted on Palestinians during and after the 1948 war. »
An icon of Calcutta

A walk on Park Street and other stories

August 24, 1690, was also a Sunday, when East India Company merchant Job Charnock, sailing from Madras, dropped anchor at the riverside village of Sutanuti, which eventually grew into Calcutta, now Ko... »
The Treasure of Kafur by Aroon Raman.

More than just a treasure hunt

One helping of history, one helping of fantasy and a spicy mix of adventure make for a thrilling read. »
The PetPost Secret by Radhika R. Dhariwal.

New on the rack

Short review: The PetPost Secret; Only Connect: Short Fiction about Technology and Us from the Indian Subcontinent and Australia; Life at the Speed of Light; Shikahandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tel... »
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Misfits’ Manifesto

An exceptionally well-written trilogy that is an ode to people who dare to be different and refuse to be pigeonholed. »
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom.
August 23, 2014

Feel good for an hour

The market is flooded with books that are all about a feel-good experience, many of them being published in affordable volumes that can be bought even at traffic signals or railway stations. The... »
August 23, 2014

The woman who travels

The Circle of Karma is the first English novel by a woman from Bhutan. Set in the mid-20th century, the story revolves around Tsomo, an unlettered woman, who is exposed to a life of hardshi... »
Chennai, August 22, 2014
Life in Words

A tale of two cities

As Madras that is Chennai turned 375 years old this week, we’ve fallen over ourselves trying to capture the soul of this city in words. I’m afraid though, that all we’ve managed to spirit out are m... »
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
COIMBATORE, August 22, 2014
RUNNING ON POETRY

The Romance of Poetry

“I do not write to you, but of you,/because the paper that we write on/is our perishable skin.” — Melissa Lee-Houghton The house is filled with books. Writing desks and individual... »
Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw with author Nancy Stearns Bercaw
New Delhi, August 22, 2014

Memories to define life

Being a daughter and writing a book about her father, so fixated on losing his memory that it drove him to the edge of sanity, is definitely an uphill task. Nancy Stearns Bercaw does precisely that... »
August 21, 2014
Telling Voices

Sometimes a sentence takes time

Laszlo Krasznahorkai is a Hungarian writer who says the seven-and-a-half-hour movie made on his debut novel “Satantango” is not longer than necessary. “Sometimes a sentence takes time and actually... »
Kamla Mankekar at the launch event in IIC, New Delhi.
New Delhi, August 20, 2014

The power of the pen then…

“It was quite a different era then, when one could just walk into the Prime Minister’s office, with no security to stop you, and ask to talk to him.” The recounting of such bygone times... »
Timeri N. Murari
Chennai, August 19, 2014

For the love of power

Politics has become family business,” says writer Timeri Murari, whose latest book Chanakya Returns, which was released in the city recently, explores among other things, dynastic politics. »
Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite ‘off-stage’ characters in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, author J.K. Rowling said.
Los Angeles, August 19, 2014

Rowling pens new biography of Harry Potter character

Celebrated author J.K. Rowling has written a biography of the lesser-known “Harry Potter” character, Celestina Warbeck, on a fan site. The Scottish author published the profile of the sin... »
Light Matter: Atelier Pierre Legrand: Edited by
Anuradha Majumdar, Roli Books, M-75 Greater Kailash 2
Market, New Delhi-110048. Rs. 1,495.
August 18, 2014

An abundance of abandon

The relationship between words and images is a peculiar one. Both are essentially abstractions, a set of signifiers trying to locate and communicate meaning. Even though their purpose is the sa... »

Know your English

Simmering with unresolved tensions

Doesn’t quite take off

Death and conspiracy

An epic battle

Emergency led to an atmosphere of fear: Manmohan

On wings of words

Dalit writer ostracised for short story

August 23, 2014

A biography that gives comprehensive picture of Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s diary has sold more than 30 million copies in more than 70 languages and is recognised as one of the key works of World War II literature. Melissa Müller’s definitive biography gives... »
August 23, 2014

Flawed People, Fractured Worlds

When a book is endorsed by someone like the late Khushwant Singh, one is naturally curious. The book in question opens with a body on a railway line, and a journalist and a policeman sniffing roun... »
Kannada writer and Jnanpith Award recipient U.R. Ananthamurthy passed away in a private hospital in Bangalore on Friday. File photo
BANGALORE, August 22, 2014

Jnanpith Award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy passes away

Kannada writer and one of the most acclaimed public intellectuals in the country, U.R. Ananthamurthy passed away at a private hospital here on Friday. He was 82. Dr. Ananthamurthy... »  
A peek within and around Gari Harithakam debut novel
Kozhikode, August 22, 2014

Stirrings of the soul

Gargi Harithakam’s men and women are burdened by the lamps in their chest. If lamps glow and brighten, here they smoulder in unhappy, dark confines. Lamps of envy, resignation, defeat and loveless... »
Kuldeep Kumar
New Delhi, August 22, 2014
Hindi Belt

Words as dancers

At 80, Lakshmidhar Malaviya continues to write and reflect on the past, present and future of Hindi. A grandson of Mahamana Madanmohan Malaviya, he has been living in Japan for more than four decad... »
Arjun Krishna Lal, author of Wicked Games
Thiruvananthapuram, August 20, 2014

The games that teenagers play

It’s easy enough to draw parallels between 18-year-old author Arjun Krishna Lal and his alter ego, Amit Pillai, the protagonist of his second novel Wicked Games (published by Inked, an impr... »
Kulpreet Yadav's novel, “Catching the Departed”, was published recently by Tara India Research Press.
August 20, 2014

Zeal for writing

Being passionate about writing can make a person go to any length. So is the case with Kulpreet Yadav whose novel, “Catching the Departed”, published recently by Tara India Research Press. Having b... »
DELVING INTO THE SUBJECT Gita Aravamudan. Photo: K. Gopinathan
Bangalore, August 19, 2014

Murky cases, happy endings

Surrogacy- the word paints a dismal picture of legal battles and opportunistic clinics. There have been many controversial cases in the multi-million dollar surrogacy industry mainly due to the lac... »
Remapping India: New
States and their Political
Origins: Louise Tillin; Oxford
University Press India Pvt. Ltd.,
YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai
Singh Road, New Delhi-110001.
Rs. 850.
August 18, 2014

Exploring factors behind new states

What is the key reason for the creation of a new state? How many states does India need? The book offers great deal of substantive insights into these questions. What remains elusive is the def... »

Politics Trumps Economics: Edited by
Bimal Jalan and Pulapre Balakrishnan; Rupa
Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 7/16, Ansari Road,
Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 500.
August 18, 2014

The elusive equilibrium

The title of this book is somewhat intriguing, if not provocative. The debate over the relationship between politics and economics has been going on for a long time, especially after the overre... »

A priceless chart for deep waters

Comedy of horror

Fading light

Search that leads to forgotten past

An anthology on today’s India

Salman Rushdie awarded top Danish literature prize

Bewitching mystery

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