Paromita Chakrabarti


Just Right For Kids
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

There’s painfully little writing for children on the lives and cultures of indigenous communities in India.

‘Journalism is not stenography. It’s truth-telling’: Mei Fong
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong, 44, on the fallouts of China’s one-child policy and why journalists need to remember, more than ever, what their job is.

Fantastic Tales and Where to Find Them
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Neil Jordan on his new novel, why he will never be a rationalist and keeping things simple

Reading Suharto, Quran Mahabharata and Ramayana
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

"Almost all the characters in my novels and their stories basically come from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana."

Jungle Book
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

The book makes a nifty case for conservation and the need to make children aware of India’s prodigious wildlife, without being preachy

Missing Persons
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

In 1989, a seven-year-old Tokyo girl, Shoko, is abducted and murdered, even after her father, a pickle factory owner, manages to deliver the 20 million yen the kidnappers had demanded.

Those who leave and those who stay
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

For years, novelist Ann Patchett has been telling the same story over and over again. Yet, it never gets old.

Leonard Cohen: It’s Closing Time
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Leonard Cohen’s baritone was an embodiment of cis-masculinity and an indication that the universe lay out there, dormant, waiting to be experienced in life.

Living History
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

During the run-up to the US elections, we had asked authors and artists about their opinion of the two Presidential candidates. Here’s what they had had to say:

Just right for kids: Written in the stars
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

Corr, the refuge of Bollywood stars, who has a track record of 100 per cent accuracy in individual predictions, is Niki’s favourite astrologer and her words are law in her universe.

Just right for kids: Come back pea green
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

As Duncan, the owner of the said crayons, sits colouring one day, he gets a stack of postcards from an outspoken and indignant lot, demanding immediate rescue or release.

At the Heart of Darkness
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

The Sellout is a book of our times, made more relevant by the increasing police atrocities against Black Americans and the bitter run-up to the Presidential elections in the US next month.

‘My chances are either 100% or 0%, not bad either way’: Booker Prize 2016 winner Paul Beatty
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

'Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl.'

I’m no astronaut of blackness: Paul Beatty
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

American author and Man Booker Prize 2016 winner Paul Beatty on his novel, how writers need to decide which side of history they want to be on and why he doesn’t see himself as a race writer.

We’re All in This Together
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

Ann Patchett’s new novel is an exploration of the intimate relationships that heal or undo us

Silence in the Class
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

Meera Nair’s second book in the Maya series is a simple, linear narrative of a young girl’s adventures in Class III, set to Priya Kuriyan’s accomplished black-and-white sketches.

Follow the Dot
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

Ritu Khoda and Vanita Pai show the way in Raza’s Bindu, one of the finest children’s non-fiction books in recent times.

Just Right for Kids
Sat, Sep 10, 2016

Two books perfect for your young ones.

Have We Got a Story For You!
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

A lot is happening in children’s writing in India. While old guards continue their good work, a look at a handful of authors writing for different age brackets, who are consistently coming up with discerning, and different, work.

‘A novel is a pack of lies that tells the truth’
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera on writing about motherhood in her new novel, why the project of fiction is to create a credible world for the reader, and the role of water in her work.

Monsters’ Mash
Sat, Jul 16, 2016

Like the first book in the series, Venkatesh’s rib-tickling sequel celebrates reading and its power to elevate our imagination.

In Good Faith
Sat, Jul 16, 2016

Where this book delivers is how dispassionately Pattanaik illustrates the dilemmas of gods and men

Adrift on the Nile: What to expect from Egypt’s luxurious Nile cruise
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Between Aswan and Luxor, there is only one way to experience everything that Egypt has to offer — by being on the river at the heart of its ancient civilisation.

I did not intend The Gene to be provocative: Pulitzer-prize winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Whether nature or nurture dominates depends on the question one is asking, says Siddhartha Mukherjee.

The pyramid asana: How about some yoga in Cairo?
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

As the second International Day of Yoga draws closer, young men and women in Cairo are taking their positions on the mat.

The case at the end of the lane
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

A spot of sleuthing and watching the world go by on hot afternoons in the Calcutta of the Nineties.

Acceptance is Skin Deep
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

Why do people of colour abuse and mistreat other people of colour? There are no easy answers.

Adventures in Wonderland
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

A summer reading list that will help the young ones make friends with birds, beasts and slugs; make mischief with monkeys and grandfathers; tackle tweenache and heartbreak; and even figure out the basics of grammar

Clear signal from Cairo
Sun, May 22, 2016

Egypt is a country best viewed through a prism of contrasts and nowhere is it more apparent than in the capital city.

Shelf Life: Gone Girl
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

An unputdownable thriller about a fractious family and a child who disappears.

Book reviews: Paper Backers
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

When ARTIST Marianne Glass falls to her death at her home, the police mark it as an accident.

Book review: Just Right for Kids
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

Comedian-turned-writer David Williams is a regular on the children’s bestsellers list.

From Pracheta Banerjee of Kolkata to Ai Enma of ‘Hell Girl’
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

Anime illustrator Pracheta Banerjee, aka Ai Enma, is on her way to becoming India’s first contributor to Scottish comic icon Mark Millar’s new project.

The long way home
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

British writer Esther Freud on her unconventional childhood and mining her personal history for her novels.

‘To be in politics, you have to love power, and I really hate it’
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

In Delhi for her new film, French-Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, 47, talks about moving away from comics and why she continues to hold on to her scepticism.

Jaipur Literature Festival: ‘Intolerance’, Rohith death dominate Day 3 discussion
Sun, Jan 24, 2016

The poet and writer has returned the D. Litt conferred on him by Hyderabad Central University in protest against the ‘partisan’ attitude towards Dalit students.