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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.