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Pulitzer: win for Andrew Greer

Andrew Sean Greer knew he wanted to be a writer when he was 10 years old, writing a self-illustrated book for ...

Nehru: legacy, 16 stormy days

Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of India and the world, it is safely assumed, is an antithesis of that pursued...
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Bengal: An incomplete account of a historical experience

Edited volumes are not the easiest to review. The present one is no exception. The challenge is to find substa...

Love in the time of hate: The amorous jihad

Long before the term, ‘love jihad’, found traction in the popular imagination, Calcuttans had...

Krishnakamal Bhattacharya: Rebellions that still resonate

In Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar’s bicentennial year, perhaps it is also important to remember some other ext...

A startlingly bright debut novel...

Megha Majumdar traces the lives of three distinct characters in a sparkling debut novel titled A Burning that ...

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Oxford Bookstore celebrates Pride with The Rainbow Festival

The changing scenario may be heartening to witness but it’s still a far cry from an ideal world that activists dream of. This changing landscape was the topic of conversation between Parmesh Sha...
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Books  /  Published 05.07.20

Pulitzer: win for Andrew Greer

You chose to write a comic novel about a gay author with a happy ending — both radical choices hardly experienced before in fiction. Were there any trepidations on your mind? Ha ha! No, none! B...
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Nehru: legacy, 16 stormy days

The reverberations of this neutering of the original, unalloyed Constitution, Singh correctly points out, resonate to this day. The source of the Indian State’s repeated infractions on liberty t...
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Books  /  Published 02.07.20

Krishnakamal Bhattacharya: Rebellions that still resonate

In Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar’s bicentennial year, perhaps it is also important to remember some other extraordinary individuals around him. Krishnakamal Bhattacharya (1840-1932) was one of them: ...
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Love in the time of hate: The amorous jihad

But if one side of this story is mired in fanaticism and paranoia, the other — that of Sanauallah Khan and four others, who had been falsely accused of gang-raping a Hindu woman — is a tes...
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Bengal: An incomplete account of a historical experience

Take, for instance, the essay on Sagar island and the marauders of the Sundarbans that explores the possibility of developing an ecological approach to border politics and the activities of those grou...
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Books  /  Published 30.06.20

Books on our radar right now

Originally published in the Bengali as Abiram Jwarer Roopkatha, this book is deep-dive into 20th century Calcutta, documenting the life of a radical physician Dwarikanath Ghoshal who fights to save th...
By Shrestha Saha in Calcutta

Books  /  Published 29.06.20

Voice of his soul

Tell us about your new book Suheldev This is set in the 11th century. I think there is one of the mistakes that our established historians have made. We don’t call the British colonial rule, th...
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Painful truth: Internalising abuse, its aftermath

Interestingly, in the first of many micro-escalations of the abuse, Strane gives Vanessa his own copy of Lolita. In Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov lets the child indict Humbert Humbert, her abuser and the n...
By Nayantara Mazumder in Una

Books  /  Published 28.06.20

Publishers bank on online editions

Also, since the lockdown, several virtual platforms have come up. Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has launched a virtual festival called Brave New World, Oxford Bookstores have started video recordin...
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