Paromita Chakrabarti

Articles By Paromita Chakrabarti

Annie Zaidi: A lot of violence comes from the fear of losing control

Mumbai-based writer Annie Zaidi on her new work that investigates disharmony, why women remain passive in the narrative of violence and the languages that shape her work.

Lives of Adventure: On the uprising of 1857 and stories based on other historical events

A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns. This week, on historical novels.

‘A lot of violence comes from the fear of losing control’

Mumbai-based writer Annie Zaidi on her new work that investigates disharmony, why women remain passive in the narrative of violence and the languages that shape her work.

The wise man from the East

The Gandhi everyone loves: A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns. This week, two standout books on the Mahatma Gandhi.

Another Day in Paradise

A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns. This week, books on Kashmir.

By The Book: The hole in my heart

How to talk to children about mental health issues.

By The Book: Moon Dust

Looking for the moon, the first man on it and some more.

These books tell wonderful stories without using any words

Let your imagination soar with stories that break free of words.

‘Migration has overturned the politics of the West’

Author Amitav Ghosh on his new novel, the international clandestine migration network, and why it is a part of Indian culture to be interested in words.

Rage becomes him: The author who writes about those with nothing more to lose

Why Bengali writer Manoranjan Byapari’s rise to a life of letters and literature is an anti-caste manifesto of suffering and grit.

It’s impossible for an Indian to be monolingual: Amitav Ghosh

On Wednesday evening, Amitav Ghosh became the first Indian writer in English to bag the prestigious Jnanpith Award

Love, doubt and other filters

Arundhathi Subramaniam on her new volume of poetry and why faith and scepticism go hand in hand.

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.

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