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Such a long journey
Writing your book is just the first step in the journey to becoming an author. Finding the right agent who can market it in the right places and take care of your interests is the more crucial, and difficult, part… almost like finding god...



IN FOCUS
Crossing the threshold
Sarah Joseph's Othappu has just won this year's Crossword Award for translation. An appreciation of her work...
Books

From the Blurb
In the years between adolescence and adulthood, the Shokeen Nivas boys are concerned with elections, girls and examinations. Hriday, who hopes to be a writer someday, is drawn, like moth to flame, irresistibly, to the material they provide. ...


Interview


CONVERSATION
Voice for visibility
A.Revathi opens up to Nithin Mayanth on the struggles of hijras, the role of art in connecting people, and more…


Tribute


TRIBUTE
Mountain of a man
Remembering Mexican author and journalist Carlos Montemayor, as the country celebrates the bicentenary of its independence.


Columns


SECOND THOUGHTS
The long way home 
In From Heaven Lake, Seth mingles historical fact with poetic description and telling anecdote to take the reader along effortlessly.


ENDPAPER
Journey through Buddhist tradition
Stephen Batchelor's new book on Buddhism provokes and challenges even as it stirs up an old debate.


Book Review


PROSE
We are like this only
A collection of delightful essays on India, and Indian-ness.


MEMOIRS
Canine capers
The story of a bond that became an obsession between a man and his best friend…

Knotty questions
A down to earth and humorous take on the changing nature, and expectations we have, of the institution of marriage.


CLASSICS
Imaginative answer to colonialism
Not too well known, this masterpiece from the 1950s celebrates the silences in language and other ways of knowing things.


NOVEL
Sensuous and stirring
Lush prose buoys up a tale of love for the land…

Culled from Nature
A collection of articles that will excite both the amateur and the professional…


VERSE
Layered with meaning
Jayanta Mahapatra's poetry unfolds into the landscape of Indian writing…


AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Glimpses of hidden lives
A much needed introduction to hijras' lives and their community.


NON FICTION
Mirrors to history
Outsiders' perspectives make for interesting contrasts...


FICTION
Genteel to the core
Endearing characters and an unconventional plot make for an enjoyable read …

Money all the way
A family saga, sometimes entertaining, sometimes flagging in energy...


FICTION
Too many animals
Ruth Padel may be a good zoologist and poet but her debut novel fails to hold your attention.


HISTORY
Revisionism at its best
The book sheds new light on one of Indian history's most important events: the 1857 rebellion.


CONTEST
Unfinished love story 
Sri Lankan novelist Nihal de Silva died before he could finish his last novel, Arathi.


Focus


EVENT
Words hold centrestage
Bhutan's first ever literary festival Mountain Echoes was eloquent testimony to literature's ability to cross borders.



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