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Books  /  Published 11.06.21

Those wise and wizened souls

One of my first encounters with the green monster of jealousy was when I read Heidi by Johanna Spyri, born this month in 1827. She lived on the mountains with her grandfather and his Saint B...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 11.06.21

Race, religion, love

In times fraught with so much discussion on racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter protests, Robinson’s theme is very relevant. The question of racial inequity is, however, somehow smothere...
By Souvik Mukherjee in

Books  /  Published 11.06.21

Day of the long knives and other horrible histories

The gladiatorial games, meanwhile, made killing delightful public entertainment. All these would have moulded the citizens’ ideas of right and wrong and their perceptions of deliberate killing. ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Books  /  Published 11.06.21

Dark future

The book highlights the importance of technology ushering in a more sustainable transition, and even as Porritt warns against any naïve techno-fixes, his emphasis on technological solutions side-...
By Megnaa Mehtta in

Books  /  Published 04.06.21

A purgatory made up of books

Questions such as these have a purgatorial quality. In the space between life and death, there is a moment of truth as there must be between Inferno and Paradiso. And as Dante had Virgil to guide him ...
By Sajni Mukherji in

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Books  /  Published 04.06.21

Normal terrors

Faleiro masterfully navigates this terrain herself by inviting the reader to observe the politics, institutions and emotional bonds that fashion the girls’ lives; she lets us piece together &lsq...
By Nayantara Mazumder in

Books  /  Published 04.06.21

The woman who cannot be named

Courtesan, escort, lady of the night — sex workers have fascinated writers and artists for centuries. Shrouded in mystery and prejudice, the working girl upended Christian notions of chaste fema...
By Sohini Chakraborty in

Books  /  Published 28.05.21

Stories on the margins

Annotations have traditionally been no more than mere footnotes in the history of fiction, providing information that supplements the main story. That is why when James Joyce’s Finnegans Wa...
By Kamalika Basu in

Books  /  Published 28.05.21

A land of contradictions

This apart, the pitfalls of spying is focused upon through the Frankenstein-like creator and handler of terrorists, ‘Colonel’ Imam, who dies at the hands of the monster he created; the cha...
By Anita Joshua in

Books  /  Published 28.05.21

Thick blood

The drives of the novel flowing out of the intersection of horror and young adult fiction, to name two of the obvious sub-genres, typically blur the characters, churn the buried memories, and propel t...
By Sharmila Purkayastha in


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