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TRIBUTE
Epistolary moments
Though letters are intimate tools of expression, with someone like Rabindranath Tagore, they are as much a part of his literary legacy. As we celebrate Tagore's 150th birth anniversary on May 7, his letters to two women reveal different sides to his engagement with gender issues…
Books


VIEWPOINT
The ghettoization of literature
Good literature is not always published or translated, says Mariam Karim-Ahlawat, busting some age-old myths.


Booked for life
When a glossy art book comes your way you're really over the moon. But keeping them safe from rainwater and creepy-crawlies is another story.


EXCERPTS
The Good Muslim
After the war come the challenges of peace. TAHMIMA ANAM'S The Good Muslim – to be released May 15 – follows the travails of Maya Haque and her family in Bangladesh. Exclusive excerpts...


Interview


IN CONVERSATION
Between cultures
Having been an outsider in the countries she has lived in, concerns of identity and belonging are major themes. ANU KUMAR looks at the world of Meira Chand.


Columns


CREATIVE WRITER
No easy task
After doing all the hard work writing, it's time to take on a different beast: Getting your work published…


SECOND THOUGHTS
Fact, fiction and the travel urge
John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley contains enchanting nuggets of wisdom about travel and travel writing strewn casually about.


ENDPAPER
Nothing left to read...
Geoff Dyer's accounts of his reader's block and attempts to dodge writing make for an entertaining read.


Book Review


FICTION
Ordinary people, extraordinary lives
The Folded Earth is a story written with a gentle perfection and precision about people who love, long impossibly and love again.


POETRY
Questions of life and death
Concerned with the journey after death, these poems lack a sense of real engagement with experience.


DALIT LITERATURE
Evocative masterpiece
If the book succeeds in making the reader ask what independent India's worst affliction is, it would go down in history as a document as important as the story of Ambedkar it tells.


SATIRE
Swedish exorcises
Unmistakably a picture of us, how we are, and therefore a book worth reading.


DEBUT NOVEL
Flying high
The book allows us to wander like the falcon that soars high over hill and dale, but takes in the minutest detail of life on the ground.


CINEMA
Frames of fantasy
The anthology pays tribute to the magic of movies and how it transforms those who engage with the written word.

Mommie Dearest
Sometimes, telling a tale of childhood can also be an exorcism of sorts.


GRAPHIC NOVEL
Unadulterated madness
The book ensures a merry ride, but one without a message.

Who's the hero?
Convoluted sentences and an unconvincing climax mar the narrative.


FICTION
Memories made real
Characters that etch themselves on our minds reflect the late author's wealth of imagination.


MEMOIR
Chinese parenting anyone?
Amy Chua's account of her parenting style makes a compelling, but disturbing, read.


ESSAYS
Analysing the novel
An insightful literary study that's also a window into the mind of one of the major writers of our time.


NOVEL
Family under the microscope
Jonathan Franzen continues his exploration of what went wrong with the average American family.



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