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On a mission
Award-winning writer Margaret Atwood has been writing for four decades with the intent of making the world a better place.
IN THE NEWS
The well-regarded and pro-democratic Washington Monthly, in its January 2009 issue, asks eminent scholars and personalities to recommend the books that U.S. President Barack Obama ought to be reading (
Atlas shrugged and so did the economy
In the context of the worldwide financial meltdown how relevant are Ayn Rand’s books and their ideology today?
Poetry in a time of terror
Poetry has more than a significant role in the reconciliation of inner worlds with the complexities of the outer.
Murder most refined
Agatha Christie’s bestseller, Murder on the Orient Express published 75 years ago this month, shows her talent for turning a vicious murder case into a cosy whodunnit.
FACE TO FACE
Author and cultural critic Lata Mani talks about how a horrific accident changed her lives in more ways than one.
Rich slices of life
Pakistani writer Shahbano Bilgrami on how her Pakistani roots impact her work.
On the occasion of the 126th birth anniversary of Subramania Bharati, recounting his life and times.
The boy, as he is referred to in the book, is nameless. He could be anybody. But when you read his story, it certainly does not sound like anybody’s life. Here is this tiny, wizened little mind, coping and grasping with the information ...
Tormented by a restless breeze
Romance and politics, sensuous lyricism and fiery passion mingle inextricably in Faiz’s poetry.
The writer’s writer
In a publishing world ruled by chick lit, bestsellers and prize winners, David Markson offers a welcome return to avant-garde literature.
The fabric of choice
How seersucker and “bleeding Madras” came out of names for a fabric or a method of weaving.
Sainik Samachar: 1909-2009: Soldiering On, D.J. Narain, Directorate of Public Relations (Ministry of Defence), Rs.1500.The fortnightly Sainik Samachar is not a glossy that you would see in waiting rooms of clinics ...
Between caste and gender
A honest narrative of a dalit woman’s journey through life, told with a sense of irony and humour.
Critique of oligarchy
A book that highlights the elite’s hunger for profit through exploitation of natural resources.
In the interstices of a new world
Between parochialism and a homogenising Anglophone culture, Robert Bolano’s 2666 stakes its identity claim at a stubborn angle.
Those were the days…
Dhondy’s collection of stories takes us back to a Poona as yet unaffected by commerce and industrial onslaught.
Myth and masculinity
The author uses legend as a platform for the construction of gender
An imagined assurance
Though packed with information and drawn upon experience the book is a biased account.
Great story, good writing
All that a lover of sport wants to see close up, told with courage and precision.
An in-depth of how six women writers view women vis-À-vis the world.
Time to speculate
A delightful collection of stories that looks beyond the travails of the human condition.
A variety of themes, styles and moods aimed solely at one result—pleasure.
The vibrancy of the format in structure, variety, substance and quality is as high as before.
No right of way
Despite interesting insights and images, the reader’s movement within the novel is confined.
A fitting tribute to the family drama that is an Indian wedding.
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