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Making a difference
Twelve independent women publishers have changed the name of the game.
From the blurb
Rites of passage never got so earthy as in journaist Avijit Ghosh’s earthy account of boy-to-manhood in fictional Ganesh Nagar, a district that could exist in India anytime, anywhere.Bandicoots in the Moonlight; Avijit ...
Like the country, important aspects of which he has chronicled, Pavan K. Varma encapsulates within himself diversities, complexities and simplicities. Excerpts from a conversation…
Lines in memoriam
Niranjan Mohanty, noted poet and Professor of English at Visva Bharati, passed away recently at Santiniketan. Remembering the man and his contribution to poetry and translation…
Remembering Nissim Ezekiel
A fitting tribute to a poet who was the centre of the Indo-English poetic scene for half a century.
Gibran’s prophet motive
Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (And What It Says About Us), Tom Vanderbilt, Allen Lane.Here’s a book that’s easy to relate to. That’s how omnipresent traffic is, and, has been since days long by-gone as Tom ...
If this were a monopoly board game, I’d lose. Look at the scene. Young chick falling in and out of love. Stop at various stations that say go to hell or, better still, get into bed or make a long-lasting impression. If all this fails, give ...
An extract from Navtej Sarna’s novel The Exile, based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, being published by Penguin/Viking this month.
Language of clothes
More on the etymology of fabric names.
Master of bibliophilic revel
A chance encounter with a genius led to the emergence of an eloquent and witty bookman: Alberto Manguel.
At the crossroads
Mahfouz’s classic novel captures the existential choices at the juncture of transition from tradition to modernity.
An introduction to Indian wildlife that doesn’t offer anything different from what is already available.
Portrait of a metro
What remains with us at the end is the image of the complex, amoral Delhi which attracts and repels at the same time.
Unconvincing characters and a writing style that tells more than it shows — The Cambridge Curry Club doesn’t seem to get anything right.
To veil or not to veil
An excellent collection that looks at the purdah as an object of mystery, oppression and power.
The way to enlightenment
A book that does not take itself too seriously and gets most things about India right…
A spiritual journey
Brida suffers in comparison to Coelho’s other books, but works well within its own framework.
Part of our fascination with Saratchandra is the desire to see what we could have become had we not become ‘impure’ or ‘modern’.
Dialogues with daemons
This novel affirms that being authentically creative with one’s own emotions and thoughts is a healing play, a leela.
The mind behind the consummate politician
A perspective from ancient Rome.
Verse in text mode
Despite the possibilities, most poems lack a sense of completeness. VIJAY NAMBISAN
A world of books
Scholarly and entertaining, Prabhakara’s is an eclectic range.
With a sense of wonder
A painstaking exploration of a society that has an essentially oral cultural history.
Of guilt, grief and growing up
A work that bows to the greats that have gone before, but stands upright in its own space.
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