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The Penguin Evergreens are collections of classics — fiction and non-fiction. The Evergreens are drawn from Penguin's wide-ranging list of classics and bestsellers by some of the most recognised writers in the Indian Subcontinent. ...
Destroyers of books
First it was insects; now it's rats and scorpions. K.K.S. MURTHY battles to save his old books.
Moonlight on the floor
Every full moon night, she relived the last time she ever saw him...
Of lost opportunities for Sri Lanka
Chinaman, a story about a forgotten genius spinner, was a way of exploring his country's wasted potential says Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka. Excerpts from a conversation…
Vijay Nair in conversation with Ruskin Bond finds his responses as delightful as the stories he tells.
THE CREATIVE WRITER
…and you'll find great characters everywhere... Now, how do you transport them to your fictional worlds?
Fondling the details
At the Jerusalem Book Fair, where he won the Jerusalem Prize, British novelist Ian McEwan's interactions threw light on his “enduring love affair with the novella” and the mechanics of his writing.
Boredom of loving and living
It's not just the over-hyped bestseller that may not work; even word-of-mouth sellers can be let-downs, as One Day proves.
In a language darkly…
Meena Kandasamy writes angrily, often eloquently, about the politics of the body and caste in contemporary Indian society.
Distinct Kannada flavour
The novel is an individual's journey in search of one's true self that confronts the caste-ridden tradition.
Rooted in the soil
Though based on the 17th century story of Mughal prince Dara Shukoh, this tale can be owned by any generation of modern India.
All in the family
The book makes for an interesting read despite its disconnected narrative, says Reshma Kulkarni.
Living with the Brontes
A saga of love and struggle. Read the book to glean a whole mine of psychological insights.
Book within a book
The story of Susan, fraught with revenge and regret, is a compelling read.
The way of butterflies
Lahori Begum becomes an unlikely heroine of our times, writes Rakhshanda Jalil.
Search for the gold
There's much in this translation of the original Malayalam novel if you have the patience to wade through the book.
Racy yet riveting, Ashok Banker's take on the mythological story of Krishna keeps you engrossed.
Revelations of the word
MANASH BHATTACHARJEE recollects the conversations he had with Vinod Kumar Shukla, James Kelman and Orhan Pamuk at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Glimpses of a book haven
Rich in atmosphere, Barter Books, housed in a Victorian railway station, is far removed from the average poky, musty second-hand book-shop…
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