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The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010



IN CONVERSATION
At home in a world of ideas
Novels are about human behaviour, about our sense of right and wrong, she says. Award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood on why she doesn't quite see herself as a ‘feminist' or ‘activist'. Excerpts from an exclusive interview….
Books


CLASSIC COLLECTION
Contemporary translations of three Tagore novellas
To coinicide with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, OUP has come out with a translation of three of his novellas...Unconventional relationships — a married woman in love with a younger brother-in-law; a love ...

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Essay


LITERATURE
Beauty in black stripes
It's not just now that the tiger arouses admiration. Early Sangam poetry also has frequent references to this magnificent animal, finds PRADEEP CHAKRAVARTHY


BOOK NOOK
Bidding for books
Attending a book auction in New York, K.K.S. MURTHY remembers how his father had built up a stock through auctions in India.


Interview


FACE TO FACE
‘I operate in a slow fashion'
Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, has received much praise from the likes of Salman Rushdie and Roddy Doyle. Now all set for the book's India launch this week, Tishani Doshi opens up to RANVIR SHAH about the various influences that have impacted her style.


VOICES
In sync with subaltern traditions
A close, felt observation of the world defines the poetry of Kamal Kumar Tanti, which probes into the culture of the Adivasi ex-tea garden labourers in Assam. He speaks to ASHLEY TELLIS on what motivates him to write…


T E T E - A - T E T E
Moments of spontaneity
He likes poetry that is “real” and “simple”. Playwright and poet Manav Kaul tells ANUPAMA RAJU of his experiments in theatre and poetry.


Columns


SECOND THOUGHTS
A Latin interlude
From politics through literature to the making of a writer... vignettes of a conversation with celebrated Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.


Book Review


FICTION
Myth as metaphor
The novel, about myths as symbols for contemporary events as issues, doesn't quite deliver on its promise.


FICTION
Doesn't add up
Though some of the individual stories are captivating, One Amazing Thing is let down by the lack of a cohesive frame.


MEMOIRS
In search of form
A powerful literary testimony to the angst, suffering and attempted rebellion of a dalit community in Punjab…


PERSPECTIVE
Gender, all the way
A society's stereotypes are all too often absorbed into the professional arena and journalism is no exception. This book brings out the urgency of understanding how gender biases operate in the media...


NARRATIVE
Fun-filled adventures
The women in this book map the Palestine they have to come to terms with – through their voices, personalities and beings…


PROSE
On life's journey
Perceptive though it is about the workings of the psyche, the narrative palls without a storyline.


FICTION
Love and longing in Los Angeles
A delightful read about self-discovery and search for identity.


RELATIONSHIPS
Unravelling the marriage mess
Amusing yet hugely thought-provoking, this book is likely to strike a chord with all readers.


VERSE
Unexplored horizons
Two books of poetry that take you to a heightened sense of awareness of your inner self.


THRILLER
A Lutyens' letdown
The book is a great opportunity lost to write a political thriller on New Delhi.



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