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Book Review of A Place of No Importance, Veena Muthuraman’s new novel, A Place of No Importance, Reinterpreting R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi Days

Book Review: Reinterpreting Malgudi as a wasteland of urban society

Books By Tanuj Solanki

Veena Muthuraman’s new novel, set in a fictional village, delves into the tradition-versus-modernity conundrum, but fails as whole at capturing the setting’s true character, writes Tanuj Solanki.

25 February, 2017
South Asian poetry, Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, FOSWAL, outh Asian Literature Festival, C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, SAARC Literature Festival

Festival to celebrate the best of South Asian poetry in Delhi

Books By BHUMIKA POPLI

Around 150 international delegates, authors and poets are expected to participate in the SAARC Literature Festival, a three-day event to be held in Delhi later this month, writes Bhumika Popli.

18 February, 2017

Book Review: Shakespeare’s language grew by borrowing and stealing

Books By Keith Armando Gomes

Philip Gooden’s latest book takes readers on a historical journey into the origins of the English language, which was shaped as much by native speakers as by foreigners, writes Keith A. Gomes.

11 February, 2017

Book Review: Binding all loose ends with a common cultural thread

Books By VINEET GILL

Author Mark Greif’s new collection of essays, Against Everything, advances a cultural critique of contemporary society, with special focus on music, TV and the Internet, writes Vineet Gill.

11 February, 2017

‘I try to find a quiet place in my house and write for 3-4 hours’

Books By BHUMIKA POPLI

Noted Indian writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni speaks to Bhumika Popli about her new novel, the research that goes into her writings, and what made her shift from poetry to fiction.

11 February, 2017

Speaking in tongues: Literary translation as a work of art

Books By NIRMALA GOVINDARAJAN

Can a translated work be included in the canons of great literature? Nirmala Govindarajan attempts to arrive at an answer, while speaking to some expert translators working in India.

4 February, 2017
Rupert Brooke, The Soldier, Julian Grenfell, Dulce et Decorum Est, Isaac Rosenberg, On Receiving News of the War

Doomed lives: The thinking man on the battlefront

Books By KARTHIK VENKATESH

Some of the greatest poets of the 20th century across the Western world drew inspiration from the horrors of war, of which many had first-hand experience, writes Karthik Venkatesh.

28 January, 2017
language, essayist, Vikram Chandra, Novelist, JLF

A Beautiful Language

Books By BHUMIKA POPLI

Novelist and essayist Vikram Chandra speaks to Bhumika Popli about what links computer programmes to high literature, and gives the lowdown on a new writing software that he is currently working on.

28 January, 2017
Jaipur Literature Festival, New Delhi Art Book Fair, Marc Parent, India Habitat Centre

Between word & image: New Delhi to host its first ever art book fair at IHC

Books By BHUMIKA POPLI

Why doesn’t Delhi have an international book fair devoted to art books? Actually, it now does. The first edition of New Delhi Art Book Fair will be held here later this year, as was announced at the recent Jaipur Literature Festival, writes Bhumika Popli.

28 January, 2017
The White Marble Burzi and Other Stories, Aakar Books, Sharat Kumar, human life

Book Review: Stories that make the reader sit up and think about human nature

Books By Purabi Panwar

In his preface to the collection of stories titled The White Marble Burzi and Other Stories, Sharat Kumar says that of the three principal areas of human life — physical, intellectual and emotional — the last “…exercises permanent influence on the quality of a person’s life”.

21 January, 2017
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