In the story "of men who are weak and one woman who is strangely willing", the victims include a war veteran, a rabbi, a Mafia prince, an interior decorator, an accountant facing bankruptcy, a hippie (another uproarious scene), an abortion doctor, a former boxer and several others.
The pujo sankhya (puja issue) or puja barshiki (puja annual) forms part of the mental universe of every educated middle-class Bengali, especially those who call, or once called, Kolkata home.
This is a series to watch out for, but given that this is Madhavan’s first foray into a mythological setting, it is crucial that she gets the tone right in the following books.
When borders become moral rights and the accident of citizenship eats into claims of humanity
From one of the most experienced conservationists of our time, a memoir of a life spent nurturing the wild
Amitava Kumar’s latest novel explores all the gaps in perception and understanding that one must negotiate in love
The second edition of the Big Little Book Awards will focus on Bengali literature for children.
An exclusive copy of Adolf Hitler's autobiography, with his signature, was auctioned in the US for $13,000, or around Rs 84,000. The book has a blue cloth covering with the gilt National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) emblem on it and gilt title on the spine.
Rushdie, as in his previous works, displays immense skills of observation, but takes it a little too far in matching these with the film-making traits of his personality. He invokes analogies from so many areas that it becomes a nightmare for the reader to keep track of all the things.
For language and literature to thrive in a diaspora, there needs to be a guardian angel to champion its cause.
Author Nayantara Sahgal imagines an India that is being bludgeoned into a monoculture in her new work. It is a story, she says, about the present.
Abdul Karim from Agra was only 24-years-old when he went to England to wait at Queen Victoria's table during her golden jubilee in 1887.
The narrative can be fast-paced or it can trudge along. However, a thriller should ideally tease the mind of the reader long enough to make them want to solve the case rather than wait for the pieces to fall back in place.
The landscape of unfreedom is familiar, but Nayantara Sahgal’s latest work builds on that to offer an older, grimmer world
Familiar narratives of identity get situated in the landscape of Sophocles’ Antigone in this book
A well-researched book trains the spotlight on some of the earliest women performers and impersonators on the Indian stage
Test your Hindi language skills with these 15 quirky words on 'Hindi Divas', which was first celebrated on September 14, 1953, to mark the official status of the Hindi language. Take up the challenge to see how many you know.
Arundhati Roy, author of the much talked about The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, failed to make the shortlist of six books for The Man Booker Prize for 2017. The much deserving "Exit West" by Pakistani-UK writer Mohsin Hamid made the cut.
Rs5.6 lakh doesn't seem too much for a hard-core Harry Potter fan who can boast of owning the 'original' envelope used in the scene in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, accepting the young wizard into Hogwarts.
Aldiss, who passed away last fortnight, one day after his 92nd birthday, was one of the titans of science fiction. This sweltering future Earth was set out in his novel Hothouse, published in 1962.
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.
Though the book is aimed at a younger readership, it will be just as appealing to all those interested in knowing more about what shaped the nation and the people and events that continue to mould it.
Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel, perhaps his most accessible one to date, draws succour from father-son myths in Western and Eastern cultural traditions
The Mahatma’s last 27 months and how the waning of the principles he advocated was an indication of what was to come
Perspectives on the evolution of India’s foreign policy and the challenges that lie ahead
The fictional addresses of London have become institutions unto themselves.
In his latest book Iron Ambition, Mike Tyson narrates the story of Constantine ‘Cus’ D’Amato, the man who saved him from a gloomy future and, possibly, an early death, in the mean streets of Brownsville.
A haunting collection of short stories that navigate the complex landscape of human relationships among Indians at home and in the US
With insight and humour, this book looks at the endless loop of strife and peace between neighbours
There are a lot of people who cannot read Bengali but can talk and understand the language. The app will also be a boon for the visually challenged. The app has a free section consisting of single short stories and a subscription section consisting of novels and short story collections.
Published by HarperCollins India, the book includes some of O'Brien's best political essays covering subjects ranging from federalism, the Constitution, the note ban and the beef ban to the much-debated GST bill, social media and education
Bite of the Black Dogs, his third novel, is based on operations carried out by the Indian Army at the height of the insurgency in the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s.
The narrators of this novel, twin sisters, who have, much like Dhar, grown up in the Kolkata of the ’80s and the ’90s, and, are exploring spaces within the domestic household for us — spaces that primarily belong to women and women alone.
A succinct lesson in strategy and forward thinking through the prism of a hypothetical international conflict scenario
Chess champion Garry Kasparov’s unique account of man-machine contests, including that of his clash with IBM’s Deep Blue, and, why he finds machine chess ugly and unsettling.
A digital twist to reading Arundhati Roy’s latest novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Although regret is a painful emotion that arises from the comparative imagination of what could've been -- it is also a hopeful one that forces individuals to learn, in order to avoid mistakes and achieve better outcomes in future.