Amrita Dutta

Articles By Amrita Dutta

The Gospel according to Paul

At 73, Malayalam writer and public intellectual Paul Zacharia has written his first novel in English. A look at his literary journey that was shaped by Christianity, Communism and a modernist’s search for the right words.

‘I’ve been an outsider since the age of three’: Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Nobel laureate and scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, 66, on his first book, doing badly in school and why he fancies a career in writing.

Kannada writer Jayant Kaikini awarded DSC Prize for ‘No Presents Please’

Kaikini’s book was the dark horse in a power-packed shortlist, which included Pakistani-British novelist Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, Pakistani novelist’s Mohsin Hamid: Exit West, Neel Mukherjee’s A State Of Freedom, Sujit Saraf’s Harilal & Sons and Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous.

Against All Silence: Shashi Deshpande on encounters with male entitlement

Shashi Deshpande on a life spent honing a literary voice, and encounters with male entitlement.

The wall that women made

Why the Vanitha Mathil or Women’s Wall in Kerala was a powerful, stirring image of our time

The year in stories

A rich bounty of non-fiction narratives explains a rapidly changing world; the best of fiction mines the human heart

The fiery flavours of East Bengal’s dried and fermented fish are all the notes of life

It’s always got a bad rep. But in the fiery flavours of East Bengal’s dried and fermented fish are all the notes of life, from the heat of spice to the decay of time and tide.

The rocky course #MeToo has faced in two southern film industries

An apology and a ban reveal the rocky course of #MeToo in two southern film industries.

Tamil Nadu honour killing: ‘Till police here, we are safe… But other side has more people’

‘Vanniyar’ Swathi, ‘Parayar’ Nandesh fell in love on the road that took them out of their divided village. But 4 months after they married, caste caught up.

In Mahesh Rao’s second novel, exploring the moral challenge that money and social mobility pose

In his second novel, Polite Society, Mahesh Rao chooses to transplant Austen’s Emma in crazy rich south Delhi.

Kannada actor Arjun Sarja accused of harassment, HC to hear his plea today

Hariharan told The Indian Express that she was spurred by the accounts of actor Tanushree Dutta and singer Chinmayi Sripada to speak up.

Sita Sings the Blues

A Kannada poet-activist Du Saraswathi sings of a Sita who doesn’t die, she lives on to create life. “Why should Sita die? Life is precious and beautiful. It should be used to create more life. And that is why Sita is important,” says Saraswathi.

The revolution never arrives

A stark political fable, Benyamin’s award-winning novel offers a powerful portrait of a divided State

Sita’s new world

Walikhanna charts the journey of Indian women from birth to childhood and adolescence and marriage, and their experience of gender-based violence.

Defence Against the Dark Arts: A look at Girish Karnad’s legacy

For years, Girish Karnad has used history and ancient myths to examine the fault lines of Indian society, here and now. As he returns with a new historical play, a look at the 80-year-old’s legacy and why he still feels the need to voice his dissent.

A sailor and his boat: Abhilash Tomy’s love affair with the sea that brought him to race

Abhilash Tomy’s Golden Globe adventure, though, remained a secret to his parents. “When the boat was built, a Malayalam newspaper printed a small story about it. That’s when we came to know,” the father says.

Mahatma Swachh Bharat: ‘I have work to do… I keep the temple clean, I keep my house clean’

The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to mark milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where the Mahatma once walked.

We are living in times when it has become very difficult to do satire: Mohammed Hanif

Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif on his new novel Red Birds and the war that will go on forever.

RSS detested Ambedkar in his lifetime but now must praise him: Ramchandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha on the second volume of his biography on Mahatma Gandhi, the cost of criticising the incumbent government and why Dalits are a major political force today.

One year later, Gauri Lankesh’s newsroom returns to business

The tabloid is now called Nyaya Patha and it hits the stands tomorrow on Lankesh’s first death anniversary -- with a special issue.

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