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Franz Kafka
Books  /  Published 03.01.21

Die, what? Something but not Covid

Wake up in the virtual world as Gregor Samsa, not only late for work but transformed into a giant insect, read the invitation from the Goethe Institut, Calcutta. I was intrigued. The event was called...
By Manasi Shah in

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Of the people, for the people, by the people

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” This is not just the famous last line from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It also capt...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Opinion  /  Published 19.11.20

Telling tales: Covid-19 as a graphic novel

One of the things I love about old cities like Calcutta or Chennai is what I call the availability of eccentrics. These are outstanding, outspoken people who have lived a full life and now play philos...
By Shiv Visvanathan in

Books  /  Published 14.12.18

Why we need to return to letter-writing

Personal correspondences can, at times, capture myriad facets of writers’ personalities which could have otherwise been lost to the world. Rainer Maria Rilke, born this month 143 winters ago, was an...
By Kamalika Basu in

Books  /  Published 17.04.20

Writing nightmares with fear and trembling

A blank page is every author’s nightmare. But do authors always dare to put their nightmares on the page? For instance, Hans Christian Andersen — he was born this month — was a prolific writer f...
By Kamalika Basu in


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