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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.
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...
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.
No easy task
After doing all the hard work writing, it's time to take on a different beast: Getting your work published…
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.
Nothing left to read...
Geoff Dyer's accounts of his reader's block and attempts to dodge writing make for an entertaining read.
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.
Questions of life and death
Concerned with the journey after death, these poems lack a sense of real engagement with experience.
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.
Unmistakably a picture of us, how we are, and therefore a book worth reading.
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.
Frames of fantasy
The anthology pays tribute to the magic of movies and how it transforms those who engage with the written word.
Sometimes, telling a tale of childhood can also be an exorcism of sorts.
The book ensures a merry ride, but one without a message.
Who's the hero?
Convoluted sentences and an unconvincing climax mar the narrative.
Memories made real
Characters that etch themselves on our minds reflect the late author's wealth of imagination.
Chinese parenting anyone?
Amy Chua's account of her parenting style makes a compelling, but disturbing, read.
Analysing the novel
An insightful literary study that's also a window into the mind of one of the major writers of our time.
Family under the microscope
Jonathan Franzen continues his exploration of what went wrong with the average American family.
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