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The lost horizon
A deeply personal, touching account of a pilgrimage to Mount Kailas and Mansarovar. RUMINA SETHI
FACE TO FACE
Dileep Padgaonkar, is as comfortable in the kitchen whipping up a delicacy as he is in the drawing room, talking about his favourite movies and director. Excerpts from an interview…
Between order and incoherence
Paulo Coelho, whose The Alchemist has sold more than 100 million copies, says his work is the result of an inner paradox, a tension in his soul. Excerpts from an interview…
Spaces of dissent
Dr. Gopichand Narang, eminent Urdu writer, critic and former president of the Sahitya Akademi, says literature will continue to be a manifestation of man’s inner self in spite of the changes being brought about by technology. Excerpts from an interview…
Chekhov’s sad comedies
Cairo from a café
A brief experience of Mahfouz country, though the café he used to frequent is no more, having given way to change…
Wish I could share the same sentiments as M: “Come in 007. It’s good to see you back.” Sadly, Sebastian Faulks’ venture into Ian Fleming’s territory spells a strange sense of foreboding for the character that Fleming ...
Desi pulp fiction is here
More middle brow than low brow, and not as noir-ish as American pulp fiction, the stories in the anthology represent what is popular today in Tamil writing.
Freedom’s Ransom traces the orbits of two distant worlds, India and Bharat, as they weave their different ways and finally overlap.
Netherland shows one possible way forward for the novel: from the post-colonial cul de sac to a post-national open-endedness.
Of the dark and weird
Sinister images of brutality juxtaposed with scenes of everyday life and situations makes for a disturbing book.
A good read
A story of three friends and the impact of politics and religion on their lives.
Of binary lives
Constantly draining religious icons of their religiosity, Patil turns tradition on its head with wit.
Weak in characterisation and plot, Bioscope Man belongs to a tradition of fiction that is obsessed with social and cultural ambience.
Artists of our misery
Something... is a racy compendium of little tales, characters, viewpoints and ideologies.
The path to freedom
The story of one woman’s journey from a ‘flower house’ to finding her own space as a painter, with the vast canvas of modern Chinese history as the background...
Games with time
Ghosts is a novel about writing a story, the challenges that it brings.
The writer as reader
An elegantly produced book of essays that evokes a book-haunted life.
Man, the migrant
The book puts in perspective the whole gamut of the immigrant experience.
India in unflattering light
Despite its stark vision and lack of subtlety, White Tiger makes an impact because of its brutal candour.
Opinions, premised on the experience of immediate family and friends, delivered in a relentlessly chatty, gossip-column style.
The Lions of India, edited by Divya Bhanu Singh, Black Kite, price not stated.This book celebrates an animal whose magnificent beauty has been the cause of its tragic destiny... Ironically, however, it is the men who hunted it as a ...
A certain inevitability
Sepia Leaves is the chronicle of a dysfunctional home, written from a child’s perspective.
Portrait of a crusader
A biography of Minoo Rustom Masani, written with admiration by a close associate.
Heart of a metro
Soundly researched and well-written, this is a must-read for anyone interested in Bombay’s history.
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