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Heaven On Earth: The Universe of Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple, Pepitha Seth, Niyogi Books, RS.2,995Heaven on Earth: The Universe of Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple takes the reader into the heart of this complex universe, ...
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An insider’s narrative of loss
Influenced by James Baldwin, Basharat Peer says he uses personal experiences and stories to talk about larger political issues. Excerpts from an interview with MOHAMMED HANIF.
He says he still plays with equations. Farrukh Dhondy on the long journey from quantum physics to a life in literature and his latest book, The Bikini Murders. Excerpts…
Poet of the soul
As a poet Kersy Katrak did not get his due, but his poetry had yet to be fully explored and articulated when he died.
Walden is convincing because the vivid details of the woods, the pond, and the seasons are used as a metaphor of his vision of a good life.
Courting Destiny, former Union Law Minister and senior advocate Shanti Bhushan’s memoirs began as a catharsis a decade ago after his wife died in May 1998. Written in fits and starts, the memoir provides a ringside view of some milestone ...
When Haji Hasan — now a renowned Parisian chef with more Michelin stars to his credit than he could ever have dreamed of — stops to take count of his life, his mind trawls way back to the year he was born: the second of six children ...
Long shadows of short stories
All a short story needs at its core is a moment; enigmatic, immense, unique.
Writers of the No
A slender, beautiful and honest work about invisible writers and their phantom books.
Fabric called purple
With a fascinating lexical history, the colour reached English through a circuitous route.
A humanist plea
Underlying Padmanabhan’s seeming preoccupation with the dystopian is a humanism that embraces all imperfections.
Apart from the issue of whether the novel is based on Sobhraj’s life, Bikini Murders has nothing much to offer…
In the heart of darkness
Though it uses European cultural referents, Onitsha is an evocative and realistic depiction of imperialism in West Africa.
Way of prurience
A narrative that attempts to capture the tribulations of sexuality.
Life of valour
Uncovering the role of a key player in Kashmir’s history.
An astonishing depiction of a journey that resists categorisation.
How green was my valley
Curfewed Night is an evocative and moving rendition of all that has happened in Kashmir over the last 20 years.
An inclusive and inviting poetry, in the second person.
Trajectory of injustice
Putting into perspective the outrages of caste oppression .
Echoes of the past
Many facets of poetry commenting on the world in the light of history.
No thrills or frills
A verbose account that fritters away all its potential.
This story won the Commonwealth Short Story Award.
True to course
P.D. James’ latest novel is, as usual, a gripping read.
Only for die-hard fans
A mundane plot and not-so-great writing.
A Page 3 perspective of life in Pakistan. As Butterfly sees it.
These two volumes will go a long way in creating awareness of the wealth of Indian textiles that we take for granted
Nowhere close to literary excellence nor an engaging read.
Witness to history
A very readable account of the events leading to Independence, Partition, and the first tentative steps of an infant nation.
Ear to the ground
Writers from tribal and minority communities are sweeping across the Assamese literary scene. But are these the ones the middle-class Assamese are talking about?
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