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Desire, poetry and aesthetics in another time

In 18th-century nawabi Lucknow, Nafis Bai loses her heart to the young Chapla Bai, who descends on t...

Shivaji Park — Dadar 28: Tales shared on the kerb

Most Indians are familiar with Shivaji Park. For some, it is where cricketing legends — Sunil Gavaskar a...
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Boswell to the man with an egg shaped head

It may appear odd to dedicate a piece to Arthur Hastings on the 100th birth anniversary of Hercule Poirot. But...

Keep life simple — Luke Coutinho

Keeping healthy is not rocket science for integrative lifestyle medicine and life coaching pro Luke Coutinho. ...

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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Books  /  Published 25.06.20

A startlingly bright debut novel...

Megha Majumdar traces the lives of three distinct characters in a sparkling debut novel titled A Burning that is marked by an undeniable flavour of Calcutta that goes beyond placing the city in the ba...
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Culture  /  Published 19.06.20

Bookworms’ bid to resuscitate boipara

Malavika Banerjee, Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet director, on the hows and whys of the initiative... When did you think of the boipara initiative? What is the plan?The sight of floating books made ...
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Books  /  Published 18.06.20

In the belly of the beast

Lodged as he was in the belly of the beast, Ahluwalia narrates the developments in economic policy for about 25 years from 1991, but does not turn a sufficiently critical gaze towards it. When we do s...
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Books  /  Published 17.06.20

A conversation with author Yann Martel

There are plenty of lessons waiting to be learnt during this lockdown that the world finds themselves in, in various degrees of strictness, believes Booker prize-winning author of Life of Pi, Yann Mar...
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Books  /  Published 16.06.20

A conversation with William Dalrymple

The reception of the book has been interesting. In the US, it has been read as a cautionary tale about Big Tech and Elon Musk’s ambition to colonise Mars, and in Britain, there has been a bit of sur...
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Books  /  Published 14.06.20

What’s the ‘Shaadi Story’ going to be?

Indian weddings — from significance of rituals to flamboyance — was the topic of conversation at an edition of An Authors Afternoon hosted by Prabha Khaitan Foundation on Zoom app. The two people ...
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Books  /  Published 12.06.20

Essential reading list for pride month

June, the month of pride, brings with it a compulsory reading list for those looking to explore, understand and enjoy an emotional roller coaster around LGBTQI+ literature. While some are essential re...
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Books  /  Published 11.06.20

Knowing what the future holds

Toni Morrison’s first death anniversary — it is on August 5 — approaches us at a time when the racial tensions in American society that she astutely criticized in her works have come to head. As...
By Nayantara Mazumder in

Books  /  Published 11.06.20

Lives in history and myth

Winrow seamlessly connects the fortunes of one family with the history of the places they inhabited and the events that changed their lives. For instance, there are delightful forays into the origins ...
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Books  /  Published 11.06.20

The melody of discordant notes

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