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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….
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
A Latin interlude
From politics through literature to the making of a writer... vignettes of a conversation with celebrated Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.
Myth as metaphor
The novel, about myths as symbols for contemporary events as issues, doesn't quite deliver on its promise.
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.
In search of form
A powerful literary testimony to the angst, suffering and attempted rebellion of a dalit community in Punjab…
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...
The women in this book map the Palestine they have to come to terms with – through their voices, personalities and beings…
On life's journey
Perceptive though it is about the workings of the psyche, the narrative palls without a storyline.
Love and longing in Los Angeles
A delightful read about self-discovery and search for identity.
Unravelling the marriage mess
Amusing yet hugely thought-provoking, this book is likely to strike a chord with all readers.
Two books of poetry that take you to a heightened sense of awareness of your inner self.
A Lutyens' letdown
The book is a great opportunity lost to write a political thriller on New Delhi.
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