Paromita Chakrabarti


By the book: A clean, green world
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Let environmentalists mull over and help build a future generation of green citizens with their books on trees.

By the book: About the body
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

A fortnightly column on thematic recommendations for the young ’uns. This week, on Indian publications on good and bad touch.

Fantastic Drawings and Where To Find Them: A sneak peek into Jim Kay’s ‘Harry Potter’ illustrations
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Jim Kay, the artist behind the illustrated edition of the Harry Potter series, on learning to work his magic on a modern classic.

Where the story takes you: The journey of publishing house ‘Katha’
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Geeta Dharmarajan looks back at the journey of Katha, a pioneer among publishing houses in India.

Gods of Small Things
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

A book of popular stories from Terribly Tiny Tales, an online initiative for micro-fiction, hits shelves

Aubergine Keema and other stories: From Lila Majumdar’s cookbook
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Lila Majumdar’s Rannar Boi was a cookbook for the modern woman in search of recipes — and shortcuts.

Spring Leaf
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The six-day event, which will begin on October 26 at the India Habitat Centre, will see sessions by old favourites such as Ruskin Bond, Shobhaa De, Shashi Tharoor and Gurcharan Das, but, also, by authors who are not usually given to public appearances.

Thereby Hangs A Tale
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The second edition of the Big Little Book Awards will focus on Bengali literature for children.

Echoes of an Old Tragedy
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Familiar narratives of identity get situated in the landscape of Sophocles’ Antigone in this book

Amma Knows Best
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Meant for older children, it will look at different religions and their places of worship through the conversations of a mother and her sons, Shiv and Veer, as they travel to each destination.

The Heart Goes Last
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

A haunting collection of short stories that navigate the complex landscape of human relationships among Indians at home and in the US

The inheritance of loss: Tales of horror and hope after the Partition
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

A writer in search of the memories of Partition finds stories of horror and hope.

Sin City
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The only thing that was distracting was the profusion of typos in the book. Misspelling the name of a victim in the very first page of a book can be an oversight, peppering a book with spelling errors at regular intervals is simply sloppy editing.

Everybody has a voice now and so we have stopped listening: Devdutt Pattanaik
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Devdutt Pattanaik on his new book, the feminine side of India and the end of metaphor and playfulness in the current debate on religion.

Murders Most Foul
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

A round-up of the latest thrillers in bookshops

Tipple and Taste
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Despite its disorienting attempt at fusion food, the bar essentials at Parallel in Khan Market are more than up to scratch

Just right for kids: Life’s Like That
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Fairytales of a different sort, travel and truck art and learning to deal with loss — Paromita Chakrabarti tells you how to make the most of the last days of summer

Scene from a writer’s life
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

One of India’s favourite authors, Ruskin Bond, on the company of undemanding ghosts, his obsession with semi-colons and why he ought to have named his recently-released autobiography, 'Twenty-Two Steps'

Arundhati Roy: Ignoring of things is as political as the addressing of them
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Twenty years since her Booker-winning The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy is back with her new novel. In this interview, she speaks of the circles of solidarity that keep her going, waiting for fiction to arrive and dealing with hate.

‘We have digested, held in our bellies so much violence that it is hard to be moral’: Arundhati Roy
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

For Roy, whose new novel releases worldwide on June 6, it would be no further than the familiar landscape of turmoil that she embraced after her Booker Prize-winning debut The God of Small Things (1997) 20 years ago.

With age, comes an understanding: one has to be open to possibilities for joy
Sun, May 21, 2017

Writer-photographer Bill Hayes on coming into his own in New York, his life-affirming relationship with the late neurologist Oliver Sacks and his new book.

All in Good Taste
Sat, May 20, 2017

A popular Japanese restaurant comes to town, offering an extensive menu that has something for everyone

Love is a Battlefield
Sun, May 14, 2017

Writer Anuja Chauhan on choosing a male lead for her new novel, reading Chetan Bhagat and why the nationalism debate is equally disparaging for soldiers.

Sweet Hereafter
Sat, May 13, 2017

Saqib Mir, owner of Kashmir’s first French bakery, on taking his enterprise to other cities in India.

Between the Shoreline and the Sea
Sun, May 07, 2017

If Cancun is the ageing superstar of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum, further down, is its newest heartthrob.

Just right for Kids: Gimme Green
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

About 60-odd pages into the book, I guiltily pushed away the drink.

A Survival Guide for Life
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

Yankunytjatjara writer and poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, winner of this year’s Windham-Campbell Prize for poetry, on anchoring her writing to her Aboriginal identity, her next novel set in India and why indigenous communities across the world continue to be under threat.

How I Met Your Mother
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

Two friends in Canada became co-parents to a boy, without being romantically involved. They talk about making legal history and what shaped their modern family.

New Look Forward
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

The revamped Fabindia store in Vasant Kunj takes fashion to another level, with a wellness centre, children’s playground and a cafe.

A Woman’s Place
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

Sabyn Javeri’s debut novel tackles some uncomfortable truths around women, power and ambition.

The Inner City
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Jerry Pinto’s foray into crime fiction is a story of rage and sorrow and the slowly ebbing virtues of friendship and empathy

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."