Myanmar: guide to a labyrinth

Book: The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st century Author: T...

Getting under the city’s skin: Delhi's urban ecology

Book: Uncivil City: Ecology, Equity and the Commons in Delhi Author: Amita Baviskar Publisher: Sage Price...

Two amphibians’ secret of togetherness

In the list of great friendships in children’s literature, Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad — th...

The Heart Asks Pleasure First

There is a streetlamp outside the window and it glows amber, setting the room alight. It catches the hazel in ...

Agatha Christie’s vicious villains

When you have an Agatha Christie mystery in your hands, you know for sure there are murders in the air, people...

Master of the Dahlniverse

In the canon of children’s literature written in English, Roald Dahl’s inventive writing has the a...

Books  /  Published 10.09.20

Soul lessons from an once 20-something self

Desperate to step out of the “skin of known associations”, sort out conflicting priorities and escape to another version of reality, Manjula rationalizes her desire for Piet and the need t...
By Sonia Sahoo in

Books  /  Published 10.09.20

A different kind of melody: Makers of the mrdangam

But Sebastian & Sons is much more than a mea culpa exercise in excavating the forgotten histories of the makers of the mrdangam; in his book, Krishna goes to great lengths to t...
By Samantak Das in

Books  /  Published 10.09.20

Another nomination comes Prajwal Parajuly’s way

Good news continues to arrive for Calcutta-based Nepali Indian author Prajwal Parajuly. Two weeks after the French translation of his 2013 novel Land Where I Flee was longlisted for the Emile Guimet P...
By Shrestha Saha in

Books  /  Published 09.09.20

Discussing all things Estuary

On August 29, Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet brought together two old allies of the festival for an engrossing conversation on their social media pages — author Perumal Murugan and T.M. Krishn...
By Shrestha Saha in

Books  /  Published 08.09.20

Parmesh Shahani on his new book

In your book, you have quoted from the Harry Potter franchise while J.K. Rowling has been rightly been at the receiving end of social rants after her very controversial remarks admitting to being a TE...
By Shrestha Saha in

Books  /  Published 06.09.20

Olivier Lafont on his new children’s fantasy novel

Olivier Lafont spent 30 years of his life in India before moving back to Paris a couple of years back, to connect with his French roots. Most of us remember him as Suhaas, who was ditched at the altar...
By in

Books  /  Published 05.09.20

How Greg Heffley happened

Rowley has always been Greg’s sidekick whose character was never the hero who naughty kids would be inspired by. What led you to build him into a hero (literally!) and give him his own series? ...
By Shrestha Saha in

Books  /  Published 03.09.20

What lies between the lines

September seems to be the ideal time to pause and ponder the importance of punctuation marks. All the more since the United States of America observes National Punctuation Day this month, with the int...
By Kamalika Basu in

Books  /  Published 03.09.20

Making history with musical milestones

It’s about capturing the essence of the 1960s, which during his “guest appearance” Jerry Garcia voices towards the tail-end: “Every third or fourth generation is a generation o...
By Mathures Paul in

Books  /  Published 03.09.20

The wonder world of animal behaviour

The resultant trivia is not trivial. Even the discerning human may not know that the octopus is allergic to canoodling, simply because the males can end up as a tasty treat for the larger, aggressive ...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in


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