Paromita Chakrabarti

Articles By Paromita Chakrabarti

The thing with feathers: On birding, forests and all things avian

Joy can be a thing with wings. Even a common jungle babbler with its relentless jabbering can lift your mood on a dull day. A look at a few books that explore this delightful world.

Flying Without Wings: Of flying carpets, magical chairs and brooms with room for everyone

By The Book: A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns. This week, on adventure stories involving magical, flying trips

A Fine Balance

Poet and dance producer Karthika Naïr on her collaborative poetry anthology, why dance anchors her life and turning her retelling of the Mahabharata into an opera.

Call Me By My Name

By The Book: A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns. This week, books on biographies of women achievers.

‘There is no such thing as an objective fiction writer’

Writer Githa Hariharan, 65, on her new book, and why this is a time for anger, but also of hope.

By The Book: Black and Gold

In Black History Month, books on racial diversity.

‘Exploitable divides, racial in America or religious in India, will never vanish’

Amit Majmudar’s latest book, a retelling of the Ramayana, seeks new answers from ancient wisdom.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Andrew Sean Greer on a writer’s relationship with vanity, and more

In this interview on the sidelines of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, Greer speaks on a writer’s relationship with anxiety, the wisdom in comic novels, and what language means to him.

It would be naive to think that one day nuance would happen on Twitter: Mary Beard

British scholar and classicist Mary Beard, 64, on the role of an academic in political debates, her apprehensions about the #MeToo movement and why historians can’t own the past.

‘It would be naïve to think that one day nuance would happen on Twitter’

British scholar and classicist Mary Beard, 64, on the role of an academic in political debates, her apprehensions about the #MeToo movement and why historians can’t own the past.

The writers who’re winning the hearts of the digitally-distracted

This is a rollicking good time for children’s literature in India. How did publishers and writers make it happen? One tale at a time.

By the Book: Seasons of the Heart

This week, a bit of mindful reading on mindful living.

By the Book: Spirit of the Times

This week, lesser-known Christmas classics: The Children’s Christmas Carol, Once in the Year: A Christmas Story, The Snowman and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.

The best cookbooks inspired by food from children’s classics

This week, cookbooks based on children’s classics. Here’s a selection of cookbooks for children based on enduring food memories from children’s classics.

By the Book: Dealing with Disability

This week, books that explain special needs and encourages inclusivity.

By the Book: Like a Bull in a China Shop

This week, books on how to help your child cope with her emotions. Here are a few books that help children understand the depth of their emotions and how they can cope with them.

By The Book: An Epic Tale

Perhaps, what makes an epic timeless is the way it can be looked at anew with each retelling. This week, we take a look at the many interpretations of Ramayana for children.

A Moment Of Rupture

Women are speaking and they are angry. There’s a new language of dissent.

Female desire takes the power equation out of patriarchy’s hands: Anita Nair

Writer Anita Nair, 52, on her new novel, writing about male entitlement and why a woman’s quest for identity will continue to be challenged.

By the Book: The Age of Anger

This week, books taking on patriarchy. In these dark times, how does one teach a future generation about rules of engagement and give them tools to take on patriarchy head on? These books might have some pointers

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