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Fiction
Books  /  Published 27.11.20

Not a lot to be thankful for

Toxic families in fiction go back as far as the art of storytelling itself. Greek mythology is awash with dysfunctional families, from Kronos swallowing his children to Zeus and the Olympians overthro...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 27.11.20

The immortal German trickster

The later sections of the novel, however, struggle to hold the reader’s interest and after being totally absorbed in the tale of Tyll’s village, the reader is likely to feel lost in the ma...
By Souvik Mukherjee in

Books  /  Published 27.11.20

Double lives: Exploring bigamy

Both a coming-of-age novel and a familial drama issuing from a social taboo, Silver Sparrow seeks to avoid the obvious binaries — wife/ whore, legitimate/illegitimate — by humani...
By Sharmila Purkayastha in

Books  /  Published 20.11.20

Literary echoes in 280 characters

The desire to achieve literary immortality has often driven authors to turn their lives into a living hell. Writing, undoubtedly, is hard work; writing good books even more so. One can, therefore, und...
By Kamalika Basu in

Books  /  Published 20.11.20

A platinum partnership: India in the United Nations

The early decades post Independence and through the Cold War years — comprising in all some 45 years of UN history — sees an Indian approach which, in Murthy’s words, “... it w...
By T.C.A. Raghavan in

Books  /  Published 20.11.20

The politics of science and science fiction

What follows is a long-winded socio-cultural explication of “Nehruvian science” — the framework gradually expands to include Syed Ahmed Khan, Bankim Chatterjee, Rajendralal Mitra, Ma...
By Deeptanil Ray in

Books  /  Published 20.11.20

From wonder to desire: India and the West

The rest of the essays chart out some of these protocols that navigate between the desired and the undesired, and, sometimes, even the undesirable, spreading over a range of historical contexts and th...
By Iman Mitra in

Books  /  Published 20.11.20

Booker: a boy, his alcoholic mother

Stuart was one of four debut novelists on this year’s shortlist. The others were Brandon Taylor for “Real Life,” which follows a Black gay graduate student navigating white campus cu...
By Alexandra Alter in

Books  /  Published 19.11.20

Top five non-fiction books to read during the pandemic

The workplace has changed and as we create this page you are reading from the constraints of our home, missing the convenience of the office, we are learning to accept and adjust to the ‘new nor...
By Shrestha Saha in Calcutta

Books  /  Published 19.11.20

J.K. Rowling’s new book The Ickabog

What was the feeling like holding the physical copy of The Ickabog in your hands? Sai Prasad: It was like a dream come true. It was a very good feeling holding the book in my own hands for the first ...
By Shrestha Saha in


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