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MILESTONES
Writers Workshop @fifty
Writers Workshop is now a part of modern Indian literary history. Many writers who are ‘big’ names today got their first breaks with WW decades back. Well-known academic and literary critic MEENAKSHI MUKHERJEE takes a look at the evolution of an enterprise that has been kept going by the efforts of a single man, Purushottama Lal.
Interview


CONVERSATIONS
Postcards from no-man’s land
Pakistani novelist MONI MOHSIN catches up with Daniyal Mueenuddinwhose debut collection of short stories, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, was published recently.



FACE TO FACE
Locating Aslam
Being Nadeem Aslam is to find one’s space between extremities: a Communist father and a religious mother, the native Pakistan and the place of refuge, the U.K.


Columns


SECOND THOUGHTS
Rainy day stories
Only a special kind of tale will fit the mood of the wind whistling round the house.


ENDPAPER
“Shakespeare & Co”
Time Was Soft There is a charming account of living poor and bohemian in Paris. It is also the inspiring biography of a literary radical…


BOOK WATCH
Candid Natwar
Given the Indian tendency to paper over any personal detail that could be subject to misinterpretation, former External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh’s My China Diary 1956-88 comes as a refreshing change. At least, his ...

Dreamtown and purgatory
If you are looking for a regular book on the sights of Delhi, then move on. But, if you want a book that scratches the surface of Delhi and looks beyond, then Sam Miller’s book Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity is a start. ...

Operation Leech revisited
Rogue Agent: How India’s Military Intelligence Betrayed the Burmese Resistance, Nandita Haksar, Peguin, Rs. 299.Associated with the Burmese in exile since they came to India in the wake of the national uprising in Myanmar, ...

"Welcome to..."
BPO-Sutra: True Stories from India’s BPO & Call Centres, compiled and edited by Sudhindra Mokhasi, Rupa, Rs. 95.In this day and age, there is no escaping the call centre and most people have at least one exasperating ...

Michelle, Oba-ma belle
Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope, Elizabeth Lightfoot, Om Books, Rs. 295For what is admittedly a cut-and-paste book, Elizabeth Lightfoot’s effort to provide a pen portrait of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is quite ...


Book Review


FILM STUDIES
Historicising cinema
It is not easy being a film historian in India. Theodore Baskaran does it with efficiency and ease.


HISTORY
Refreshingly new angles
A carefully documented and impressively produced book that provides a comprehensive view of a formidable personality.


LEGENDS
Rich canvas of drama
Highly recommended reading, to reach the spirit of India through the core of Kerala.

In the maestro’s own words
Zubin Mehta’s life story makes for a wonderful read.


FICTION
Labour of love?
Shanghvi’s novel brings Bombay alive in a startlingly new way.


POETRY
A road too travelled
Shiv K. Kumar’s verses are often touching, but we have a right to expect more of such a senior poet.



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