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Author P.D. James during an interview in New York, Nov. 27, 2005. File photo
AP Author P.D. James during an interview in New York, Nov. 27, 2005. File photo

Novelist P.D. James dies at 94

Publisher Faber and Faber says mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died. »
A love story juggernaut: Ravinder Singh with his milling fans. Photo: K. Ananthan

The romance of a writer

Ravinder Singh’s broken heart led to his debut novel that sold a million copies. Will he enjoy similar success with “Your Dreams are Mine Now”? »
CALL OF THE COAST: Joe D’Cruz. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Between the lines

At Madras Book Club’s Founders Day celebration, author Joe D’Cruz talks about the vision behind his words »
Australian Author Claire Scobie in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: S. Mahinsha

On a new CHAPTER

Australian author Claire Scobie is writing a book on India that journeys through its book stores »
British Poet Ruth Padel

Jaipur literary fest offers eclectic fare

The Jaipur Literature Festival, scheduled from January 21 to 25, is likely to be more varied and diverse than its previous editions, as it promises to bridge historical, political and geographical... »
Anubhavasancharangal: Vanitha Madhyama Pravarthakarude Ormakal
Thiruvananthapuram, November 27, 2014

The way of the news, in her words

Beads of trenchant and vibrant memoirs strung on a common thread, Anubhavasancharangal: Vanitha Madhyama Pravarthakarude Ormakal is a collection of essays all written by women media persons... »
Sumeet Singhal with his book, “The Conspiracy of Silence”
November 26, 2014

Weaving through intrigues

Events always touch the creative chord of writers, specially the budding ones. That seems the case with Sumeet Singhal and Sanjeev Malhotra, debutant co-authors of “The Conspiracy of Silence” (Main... »
Sudha Menon, co-author of recently-released ‘Gifted’, has recorded the stories of persons with disabilities in their own voices — Photo: Special Arrangement
CHENNAI, November 26, 2014

Success stories should be told too, says author

“Don’t call me a differently-abled person. Call me Siddharth,” says Siddharth Jayakumar, when he is referred to as a person with disabilities. He is quick to add that he does not want people... »
NEW DELHI, November 24, 2014

Bilal Tanweer wins Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize

Lahore-based author Bilal Tanweer’s maiden novel The Scatter Here is Too Great has bagged the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. The award carries a cash component of Rs. 2 lakh. »
IN THE CITY, OUT OF PLACE — Nuisance, Pollution, and Dwelling in Delhi c. 1850-2000: Awadhendra Sharan; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 895.
November 24, 2014

A capital study in urban decay

This is a very serious work of learning, arguably exceeding in rigour the tough academic demands of a doctoral thesis. Interestingly its unusually wide sweep and vast range of editorial covera... »

November 24, 2014

Know your English — 25-11-14

“Where are you going so early in the morning?”“To the station. My friend Chetan is coming from Delhi. Need to pick him up.”“Chetan? Oh, I remember him! He’s the guy who fought with hi... »
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... »
Naseeruddin Shah. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
November 23, 2014

Their stories, their voices

“Halfway through the production of Mughal-e-Azam, we were not even talking to each other. The classic scene with the feather coming between our lips, which set a million imaginations on fire, wa... »
Arpita Das
November 21, 2014

A decade with books

Back in 2004, when Arpita Das had just started Yoda Press with her friend and colleague, Parul Nayyar, she still had doubts. Four days short of Yoda’s 10th anniversary celebration, I ask her if any... »
S. Anand
November 21, 2014

Fault lines

Last year, another independent publishing house turned ten. It was, though, a quiet ten. S. Anand, Navayana’s co-founder, remembers a busy 2013, which left him with no time to consider anniversary... »

Shared experiences

Voices from the sidelines

Parched lives in the deserts

Grounded in erudition

Phil Klay wins US National Book Award for fiction

Christopher Nolan writes ‘Interstellar’ prequel for comic

A Shah in pursuit of acting truth

A bleak ode to Bangladesh’s garment industry

Book cover of Armon, The Meteor Prince.
PUDUCHERRY, November 27, 2014

Tumble from book into space

If there was a party in the universe, who would organise it? Well, that would be the constellation Virgo, who has a birthday party, attended by a bunch of comets, notoriously known for being party... »
Christopher Doyle, author of book 'The Mahabharata Quest: Alexander's secret', at cafe UNO in Shangri La in New Delhi. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
November 26, 2014
Table for Two

A taste of legends

Call it focussed thinking, creative itch, following the herd or sheer talent, the result of each has led to a firm drift. One is referring to the corporate world which, since some years, has been... »
President Pranab Mukherjee
NEW DELHI, November 26, 2014

President Mukherjee’s book release on December 11

A diligent chronicler of history, with an insider’s view of over fifty years of politics and governance, President Pranab Mukherjee in his new book has compiled a decade that is identified with the... »
November 24, 2014

Making sense of surrogacy

BABY MAKERS — The Story of Indian Surrogacy: Gita Aravamudan; HarperCollins Publishers, A-75, Sector 57, Noida-202301. Rs. 250.

Gita Aravamudan’s “Baby Makers” explores in depth the changing notion of motherhood and the complex ethical issues involved in surrogacy. We live in a world where mothers are no longer who we t... »

DISPATCHES FROM THE WALL CORNER: Baradwaj Rangan; Tranquebar Press, 61, Silverline Building, II Floor, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai-600095. Rs. 699.
November 24, 2014

A collage from a movie critic’s scrapbook

The cover of Baradwaj Rangan’s second book, Dispatches from the Wall Corner, is in a way portentous of the mental pictures that you will be left nostalgically savouring after reading the... »

Raghav Modi
November 24, 2014

Between the pages

Every Sunday at 3 p.m., book lovers on twitter discuss authors, genres and publishing trends in a session moderated by The Sunday Book Club (@TSBookClub). The TSBC has crossed 112 weeks and has at... »
Assamese author Leena Sarma
November 23, 2014

Life in the land of plenty

Delhi-based Leena Sarma is an established name in Assamese literature. Besides being a senior officer in Indian Railways, Sarma has been regularly taking out time to write novels and short stories.... »
A still from 'Ghatashradha'.
Panaji, November 23, 2014

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... »
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... »
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... »

Sunburn saga in words

Under the spell of the Kural

What’s inside

Turn to verse for therapy

Into the big world of ants

Easing the reading process

One vision, many nuances

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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