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Books  /  Published 14.01.21

In search of the light

To read Summer in its entirety is to acknowledge that we are living in an inferno of disease, carnage and mayhem. The opening pages are an unambiguous homage to Martin Niemöller’s...
By Sohini Chakraborty in

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Getting caught in the act

The novel is an exploration on many levels, almost as though the author, or rather the server, has connected strangers across the world — in Antigua and Sweden, or in Beijing and Lyon — an...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

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Before one hundred years

Yet, for literature to be shaped, it had to be published first. “How can literature exist,” Llosa had once asked, “in countries where there are no publishing houses, where there are ...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 08.01.21

Frida: matters of the heart

Love, infidelities, reassuring friendships, betrayals — both of love and friendship — mark Frida’s time in Paris. Andre Bréton’s enthusiasm about exhibiting her art when...
By Durba Basu in

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A mystery so nice it kills

So in this strict moral, political and philosophical economy, you start hoping fervently for something bad to happen. A stolen will? A drop of blood? An attempt to put the knives at the deli owned by ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

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Books  /  Published 08.01.21

Novel lessons from a pandemic

Some of the chapters deal with subjects that have dominated the public discourse for the past nine months — the broader relationship between the pandemic and nationalism or the discrimination ag...
By Kamalika Basu in

Books  /  Published 08.01.21

Fungi: the entangled web of life

Sheldrake’s book is a quest for a new vocabulary as well as a new template for reimagining categories for self, Otherness, body and living. How might we understand speaking, hearing and interpre...
By Debjani Bhattacharyya in

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Ganga: tales of wonder and crisis

Crossing over into Bihar, Banerjee recounts her visit to the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary near Bhagalpur and a sense of wonderment is evident in her sighting of the endangered Ganges River D...
By Priyank Pravin Patel in

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Fluid forms

Vivek’s mother’s speculations about the circumstances of her son’s death occupy the last portion of the novel. That apart it cannot be categorized as being about any one thing even i...
By Hia Sen in

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Devaki Jain: a luminescent life

Not all of these experiences were positive. There are shocking details of sexual harassment that she faced as a student at Oxford at the hands of a famous economist. She does not name him but he is no...
By Jayati Ghosh in


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