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The Dire Straits story, courtesy John Illsley

A band is blowing Dixie Double four time You feel alright When you hear the music ring That’s the secon...

America’s wonder years

Book: The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War Author: Louis Menand, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giro...
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Everest beckons

Book: The Hunt for Mount Everest Author: Craig Storti Publisher: John Murray Price: Rs 699 The peak that...

The long road to equality

Book: Owning Land, Being Women: Inheritance and Subjecthood in India Author: Amrita Mondal Publisher: De Gruyt...

Gold without glitter

Book: Gold Diggers: a novel Author: Sanjena Sathian Publisher: HarperCollins Price: Rs 599 Middle-class ...

A beauty in braids

Book: The Braided River: A Journey along the Brahmaputra Author: Samrat Choudhury, Publisher: HarperColli...

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Books  /  Published 30.11.21

All about the JCB Prize for Literature

Tell us about the experience of being a literary award director in a pandemic? The pandemic made us realign a lot of our plans. It was a test in resilience and the decision to continue working, stick...
By Shrestha Saha

Books  /  Published 29.11.21

Author Meira Chand gets candid

Jumping headlong into the debate between historians and historical novelists about the relevance of the other, Mehta asked Chand her thoughts on the significance of this debate. “Historians deal...
By Shrestha Saha

Books  /  Published 27.11.21

Serving up lamb

Riva Razdan is a New York University graduate and currently working as a screenwriter and author based in Mumbai. Her debut novel Arzu was published by Hachette India in 2021 ...
By Riva Razdan

Culture  /  Published 27.11.21

The Dire Straits story, courtesy John Illsley

And you are painting. Yes, I paint quite a lot. I love the different notions of communication. I love painting. It’s a very different thing from playing music or writing songs. You discovered ...
By Shantanu Datta

Books  /  Published 26.11.21

Gold without glitter

I argue that Neil is not the central character in the book. It is really a natural extension of the story of Anita’s mother, Anjali, who grew up in Mumbai with her own floundering, non-achiever ...
By Sajni Mukherji

Books  /  Published 26.11.21

The long road to equality

The author also brings out the hitherto overlooked tension between women’s right to inherit property, which she analyses in the context of family, and the larger understanding of gender justice ...
By Urvashi Sarkar

Books  /  Published 26.11.21

Everest beckons

Although mountain-dwellers would probably disagree with this unilateral depiction of “mankind”, Storti lays a finger on how advances in mountaineering in Europe, allied with the colonialis...
By Amit R. Baishya

Books  /  Published 26.11.21

America’s wonder years

How was this glory birthed? Menand is pragmatic, if not disillusioned. It was neither by sheer talent nor inordinate luck; they owed much of their spectacular fame and triumph in the worlds of art to ...
By Brinda Bose

Books  /  Published 24.11.21

'A Time Outside This Time' is a searing reflection of a world riddled by fake news

A wonderfully honest read of recent time would be Amitava Kumar’s A Time Outside This Time (Aleph; Rs 699). Told in curious and simple prose, this novel is wildly reminiscent of a contemplative ...
By Shrestha Saha

Books  /  Published 23.11.21

Exploring dysfunctional relationships

A little further away from home, there is no other book that has upheld the dichotomy of this understanding better than Bernardine Evaristo in her Booker Prize-winning book Girl, Woman, Other. Be it A...
By Shrestha Saha


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