Stories that leave the reader shocked, amused, fascinated

Books By Kanwaldeep Singh

Journalist and author Sangita P. Menon Malhan’s new collection of short stories is packed with tales that take us through a wide range of human emotions, writes Kanwaldeep Singh.

2 December, 2017

Tinker, tailor, doctor, spy: Our poets and their professions


The giants of Indian poetry were no doubt dedicated to their art, but most of them were equally committed to their professional calling. Karthik Venkatesh writes about poets with day jobs.

25 November, 2017

Poetry makes nothing happen


Poet and novelist C.P. Surendran speaks to Bhumika Popli about the travails of the writing life in a culture that measures literary talent against the bogus yardsticks of Facebook likes, award tallies and lit-fest appearances.

25 November, 2017

Why is the literary circuit always in a festive mood?


Literary festivals are now part of a thriving industry, which gets bigger and more diverse with every passing year. But does the lit-fest circuit help our literary scene? Nirmala Govindarajan reports.

18 November, 2017

Book Review: Many characters, clichés of World War II spoil the plot

Books By Anshika Ravi

Last Train to Istanbul, by Ayse Kulin, feels like a desperate attempt to cobble a slipshod narrative that gets bogged down by too many characters and faux-profound themes, writes Anshika Ravi.

11 November, 2017
Girish Karnad, Mumbai LitFest, Lifetime Achievement Award , Tata Literature Live, Padma Shri awards

Karnad wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Books By Correspondent

Veteran actor and playwright Girish Karnad will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest which is slated to begin from 16 November.

4 November, 2017
Naveen Patnaik , Odisha, Lakshminath Bezbarua, Sambalpur, heritage property

Assamese author’s Odisha house is saved

Books By Correspondent

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced that the state government will take up the renovation and conservation of Assamese litterateur late Lakshminath Bezbarua’s heritage residence in Sambalpur.

4 November, 2017
American network Comedy Central, Trevor Noah, South Africa, Xhosa mother, Switzerland

Comedian Trevor Noah has written a memoir about sorrow

Books By Correspondent

The immensely popular host of The Daily Show on American network Comedy Central may come across as a funny and startled character but Trevor Noah’s compelling memoir presents a troubled look at life in South Africa under apartheid and is a classic tribute to his mother.

4 November, 2017
Sohini Sen, Himalayas, Photo Travelogue, Zanskar River Valleys, IRT Deadliest Roads, women travellers

From the stillness of valleys to the chaos of village fairs


In her new book, author Sohini Sen records her experiences of a journey that introduced her to the geographical and cultural diversity of the Himalayas. She speaks to Bhumika Popli.

4 November, 2017
Philosophers, Oxford scholar, A.J. Ayer, Sir Alfred Jules Ayer, Religious language, G.E. Moore

The Oxford scholar who tried to liberate life from philosophy

Books By Correspondent

Philosophers are not usually distinguished for themselves seeking to curtail the scope of their sphere of activity, being lucid or admitting they were mistaken.

4 November, 2017
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