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THE Mumbai branch of the Theosophy Hall was recently the venue of a lively panel discussion organised by the Max Mueller Bhavan and the All India Centre of the PEN on literary practices in relation to the urban environment. The panelists included ...
Letting the light in
V.P. Ranga Rao, novelist and scholar, talks about the nature of R.K. Narayan's artistic vision.
Pied piper of deconstruction
Remembering Jacques Derrida, whose system of enquiry had a massive impact on the arts and social sciences.
Three Russian short stories
UNLIKE the classical novel, where no story is ever told as if it is the only one, the short story confines itself to a single overpowering incident, an extreme condition that serves as an emblem of the universal. It is fiercely condensed, almost ...
IN a day and age of you-can-do-it books that are full of pep talk, here is a real-life narrative of a battle against the odds; a case of making the seemingly impossible possible. And, while narrating his battle for justice, former table tennis ...
MIA short for Mithu traverses between different planes after her father's suicide. As if the puzzling nature of his death were not enough, she has to face her motherwho, overnight, acquires a new hairdo, bleached eyebrows and ...
A daiquiri, then a mojito
A literary pilgrimage in Havana begins with bars in the Cuban capital and ends in Ernest Hemingway's home now a museum.
Turning the wheel
An End to Suffering touches a reader deeply, personally.
A song for a country
Many countries have a national anthem and a national song, although the issue may not be as contentious and politically charged as it is in India.
Lives in search of lost worlds
The Inheritance of Loss is written with joy, compassion and a rare candour.
Katha as drama
Sharman's "Ramayana" goes to the heart of the epic to recover great questions of contemporary relevance.
Of women's lives
These stories show and hide at the same time, clear and yet ambiguous.
The retold narratives here, through Eraly's interventions, serve at once revivalist and revisionist purposes.
Afterlife of Sherlock Holmes
Both the books are playful and ingenuous pastiches, recreating familiar voices from the past.
Not in the Holmes league
Saradindu Bandyopadhyay's detective stories may seem tame, even naοve, to those familiar with other such stories.
Fizzy cocktail blend
The Debutante Divorcee has more to offer than the jacket might suggest.
Stories of grit and gumption
The book highlights individuals, often ignored in studies of the violence in Assam.
Cliched and unimaginative
An unusual story with appealing characters but typographical and grammatical errors test the reader's patience.
Art of criticism
A primer on the virtues of writing about films with passion and knowledge.
A different approach to the battle for Lanka.
From the Blurb
"THIS is E.V. Ramakrishnan's third volume of poems in English. His poems evidence a deep disquiet that is a pointer to the times we live in. He captures the vulnerability of our socio-political frameworks in understatements, self-reflexive ...
The basis for Divya is history, but all the characters are fictitious.
A coffee table book on the story of tea in India.
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