Baradwaj Rangan. Photo: V. Ganesan
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Baradwaj Rangan. Photo: V. Ganesan

A cinematic journey

Journalist and film writer Baradwaj Rangan discusses his second book, Dispatches from the Wall Corner. »
Dr. Sharad Paul: a passion for skin. Lit for Life 2015

Just skin deep

Dr. Sharad Paul on his recently released book Dermocracy, a personal guide to taking care of brown skin. »
Faces to watch for. Graphic imaging: KB Jawaharr

Look who’s coming to LFL

What’s in store at The Hindu Lit for Life 2015? »
Author Eleanor Catton.

‘Writing isn’t just about expression’

Man Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton chats about her childhood, writing style and fascination with zodiac signs. »
Vidya Shah LIT FOR LIFE 2015

An ode to Akhtar

The Hindu Lit for Life 2015 - Hindustani classical musician Vidya Shah’s tribute to the music and poetry of the legendary singer Begum Akhtar in her centenary year. »
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December 14, 2014

The write way

Calling all aspiring reporters! The Hindu’s annual literary festival, Lit for Life, offers you a chance to see your name in the newspaper through the Young Reporter Contest. Attend all three days o... »
Godda koilawallah
December 13, 2014

Everyday lives, Everyday people

Imagine accessing the most complex part of the planet with a flick of a finger. Imagine entering rural India — ‘a continent within a sub-continent’ — with the click of a mouse. Imagine being... »
Dayanita Singh. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
December 6, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

‘Now photography is for everyone’

Dayanita Singh’s studio — its walls covered almost completely with the photographs that speak of her art — feels a little like a sanctuary. After over three decades, Singh herself is an icon, and... »
Idris: Keeper of the Light; Anita Nair, Fourth Estate, Rs. 599.
December 6, 2014

Journeys galore

He knew the folly of having friends. Friendship was a responsibility; it demanded making an effort to nurture relations and never asking why. It meant expectations and subsequent disappointment... »
Chetan Bhagat. Photo: S. Subramanium
December 6, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

Man of the masses

When English becomes the obstacle for the protagonist in an English novel, it is bound to raise the literati’s hackles. But then Chetan Bhagat does not write for purists. Bhagat, who has bridged t... »
A reading by Jorge Figueroa at Good Earth Store during the 2008 edition. Photo: R. Ragu
December 6, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

Verse comes to verse

When I first moved to Chennai, one of the things I missed most was winter, a season to sit in the sun eating oranges. With the passing of years, I find that Margazhi with its nuanced pleasures has... »
A Madras Miasma; Brian Stoddart, Crime Wave Press, Rs. 876.
December 6, 2014

A Madras murder from Down Under

A couple of months ago I received a strange request on my blog: If the writer would be kind enough to send his postal address, he would receive a book. Now books have always been my weakness, so I... »
December 4, 2014

Calling college students

South India's biggest literature festival, The Hindu Lit for Life is just around the corner. Come January 16, 17 and 18, 2015, a galaxy of speakers and writers, both national and internation... »
Linda Ashok
December 3, 2014

‘Every nanosecond is an experience’

Linda Ashok laughs as she answers a question about her age. The 27-year-old, who identifies herself as pro-Tibetan, is the founder/president of RædLeafPoetry-India — a not-for-profit trust for p... »
Madhan Karky
December 3, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

Lyric Engineering

Lyric Engineering is a process of applying scientific and mathematical principles for creating effective lyrics. The workshop will introduce tools to analyse lyrics and discuss Lyri... »

World Words

Journeys in the Wild

‘It was like revisiting old friends’

In no rush to finish first

Nothing nice about love

Catalyst for change

‘The impulse for satire comes from a sense of fairness’

Manu Chandra
December 13, 2014
F O O D - O - P H I L I A

Kings of the kitchen

ADITYA BAL Six years ago, Aditya Bal walked off the ramp and into the kitchen. From watching his grandmother whisk winter cakes to apprenticing at Italian, French and Goan cuisine... »
Manohar Shetty
December 8, 2014

Words from the wild

The animal world throbs with meaning for Manohar Shetty. He writes of fireflies as “flashing streamers” and “wavering lights”, “burning crystals” and “emerald embers”. He pens entire profile poems... »
The Way Things Were; Aatish Taseer, Picador India, Rs. 699.
December 6, 2014

This country, these people

Aatish Taseer’s new book The Way Things Were is not so much about a family but about a nation and a language. It’s a paean to Sanskrit, written from the perspective of a passionate and ultim... »
2014 The Election that changed India. by Rajdeep Sardesai.
December 6, 2014

Reign men

This book touches you like a soft breeze, elevates you only marginally, but holds you to your seat, often on the edge. Rajdeep Sardesai’s title — 2014: The Election that Changed India — sugg... »
A Bad Character; Deepti Kapoor, Penguin, Rs. 499.
December 6, 2014

Life in the fast lane

Delhi is a difficult city to live it, with its social norms, power centres and roundabouts. In 2000 — before the Metro that eventually managed to make commuting a comparative breeze — everyone drov... »
A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces edited by David Davidar will be out later this month.Photo: S. Subramanium
December 6, 2014

Not so tall tales

Apart from being a well-known publisher, David Davidar is also a novelist, editor and anthologist. He has been an attentive reader of Indian fiction from the time he was a teenager. His latest anth... »
Kunal Kapur
December 6, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

Brunch Better

With brunch becoming the most stylish meal of the day, it’s time you up your game. Scrambled eggs, pancakes and bacon just don’t cut it any more. Over breakfast, two of the country’s hippest chefs... »
The inaugural session of ‘Poetry with Prakriti’ was presented by The Hindu Lit For Life 2015, on Wednesday — Photo: R. Ragu
CHENNAI, December 4, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

Poetry session in Chennai gives a taste of lit fest

A poem in Singaporean slang of English (referred to as ‘Singlish’) about candles stolen from a church, another poem with just the number one, a poem made up of sounds and one on an ‘i-human’.»
Bhavna Bhagat
December 3, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

Meet Your Guardian Angel

Add a little magic to your life by discovering your Guardian Angel, the best friend you can talk to about anything whenever you feel the need. Join Bhavna Bhagat in this fun workshop, learn how to... »
Sharad Paul
December 3, 2014
Lit for Life 2015


What are the foods that are good and bad for the skin? Does stress affect the skin? How does one decide what SPF sunscreen to use? Dr. Sharad Paul’s lecture will focus on all this and more includi... »

Die, Author, Die

In search of home

The nation needs to know

Navigating the celluloid world

Thoughts, words, images...

‘It was like a birthday gift for my father’

The Hindu Lit for Life

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. <... »