Paromita Chakrabarti

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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."

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.