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IN FIRST PERSON
Meeting Mr. Narayan
In the year of R.K. Narayan's birth centenary, a Swedish writer recalls meeting a "reluctant guru".
And the winner is ...
The Man Asian Literary Prize, which is to be first awarded in 2007, will focus on new writing from Asian countries.
FACE TO FACE
An interview with Siddhartha Deb
As the son of migrants from East Bengal, Siddhartha Deb has a different take on language, literature, politics and the points where they intersect.
FACE TO FACE
Words against weapons
It is important to have rational debate on issues, feels Jostein Gaarder, the Norwegian novelist.
Myths of failure
MITCH ALBOM has a way with stories. On the surface, they are simple ones that just about anybody can read and understand. But then that's what Albom's purpose in writing these books is. Remember Tuesday's with Morrie. Deceptively simple, ...
Pasternak or Greene, Fitzgerald or Poe ... as interesting in death as they were alive.
Vandals and barbarians
How did the names of certain tribes become pejorative terms?
Fireproof is a tale about a real-life tragedy told with imagination and compassion.
The essays in this volume are an attempt at liberating, not fossilising, Shakespeare.
Torn from the Roots explores the double-sided power of destiny on the fate of women.
Bougainvillea House creeps into and takes over a reader's mind.
Rooted in a rural milieu
The translator's link to the local culture seemed to have helped her in preserving the original flavour of the stories.
No journey of discovery
A broth of identity crises, home truths and local colour but some bits float to the top.
Free of the fetters of plot and pace, the book drips, deeply and drearily, with symbolism.
A ballad to the Himalayas
Memoirs of life spent in a small village.
Revenge in the snow
An attempt to follow the police novel tradition featuring an entertaining and lively two-man act.
Learning to dance
The book goes along very well, no bumps, no long pauses, no cynicism, and lots of fun, wacky people, and a great deal of inspiration.
All for status quo
Most of the stories do nothing to question standard `virtues' like chastity and purity.
The shenanigans of the marriage mart.
Time for fables and lessons
An assertion of identity and rights.
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