Amrita Dutta

Articles By Amrita Dutta

A Hypermaniac Adventure: Book review of The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack

HM Naqvi’s new novel is a baggy yarn, buoyed by a joyous celebration of a syncretic history and limited by its lack of interiority

Can the media bring back my honour, asks Rajasthan man branded ‘terror suspect’

The footage of a man being allowed to walk away from a metal detector was flagged by media reports as evidence of lax security in the backdrop of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

On Mother’s Day, twin girls for Irom Sharmila

Sharmila and her husband, Goan-born British national Desmond Coutinho, have named their daughters Nix Sakhi and Autumn Tara.

Hit global headlines from PhD lab, now waits at home

In 2013, Hemanth Kappanna was a part of a team of three PhD students at the West Virginia University, Morgantown, whose research into the emissions of nitrogen oxides of two Volkswagen cars uncovered the German automobile major’s fraudulent use of “cheat devices” in the US market.

Karnataka: ‘Can’t say one party is better for the Army than the other’

Whether nationalism plays out to the BJP’s advantage in this region would perhaps be determined by local factors.

Bangalore South: In BJP bastion, ‘Modi fanboy’ invokes patriotism, Congress sniffs a chance

Over close to two decades, the Bangalore South seat has been an invincible BJP stronghold. BJP candidate for the Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency Tejasvi Surya is described, among other things, as a young Sachin Tendulkar taking on Pakistani pacers.

Krishna Byre Gowda: ‘In southern states, there is a sense of being let down by the Centre’

A minister in the H D Kumaraswamy Cabinet, KBG, as he is known, is one of the most promising Vokkaliga leaders in the Congress and its urbane, suave face.

A documentary that wants people fall in love with Karnataka’s wildlife

A homegrown documentary film celebrates the astonishing diversity of Karnataka’s wildlife.

Book review: Not quite at home

The fraught question of belonging, identity and autonomy in the Northeast

Sumalatha Ambareesh: In Mandya, standing between the CM Kumaraswamy’s son and a win, a star wife

Sumalatha says the Vokkaliga votes will split, and she is banking on the Dalits and Kurubas, who make up the traditional Congress vote bank.

Despite decades of death and despair, Kolar’s golden dreams refuse to die

It was a town that sat on gold, but lost its lustre. A blockbuster Kannada film brings it new fame, but KGF has many more stories to tell.

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.