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Paromita Chakrabarti


Explained: The legacy of American writer Joan Didion, who passed away at 87
Sun, Dec 26, 2021

For over five decades, one of the US’s most well-known writers and journalists, Joan Didion was known for doing just that — using her personal experience as a framework to make sense of the world.

‘Literature allows us to question the ideas we have of the Other’: French novelist David Diop
Thu, Dec 30, 2021

Exclusive to the Indian Express: The English translation of Diop’s novel At Night All Blood is Black won this year’s International Booker Prize, making Diop the first French novelist and first writer of African heritage to win the prestigious award

Whom would a Nobel Laureate invite for a Christmas dinner?
Thu, Dec 23, 2021

Find out as economist Abhijit Banerjee, who recently released his cookbook, Cooking to Save Your Life, does a rapid-fire on all things food

Publisher pulls American writer Alice Sebold’s 1999 memoir, Lucky — here’s why
Mon, Dec 06, 2021

In her memoir, Lucky, Alice Sebold revisits a traumatic episode from her life in 1981, when she was assaulted and raped at the Syracuse University campus.

‘It’s a brutal, unpleasant truth that White South Africans in general do not perceive the lives of Black South Africans as full and human’
Sat, Dec 04, 2021

Booker Prize-winning South African author Damon Galgut on trying to represent the many South Africas in his novel, the waning relevance of writers, and why his Booker win hasn’t created much of a stir back home

Delhi: Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival returns to new venue
Mon, Nov 29, 2021

The two-day festival, which took off on November 27, will see 46 speakers—children’s writers, illustrators, storytellers and publishers—hold sessions for children aged between 4 and 14 years.

Two years later, the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival returns to a new venue
Sat, Nov 27, 2021

The 13th edition of the two-day festival took off at Delhi's National Rail Museum on Saturday

Award list for the Tata Literature Live! Festival announced
Wed, Nov 10, 2021

Nominees include a mix of well-known and new writers

One for the Books: The TCLP Annual Free Library Festival is back
Tue, Nov 09, 2021

To be held between November 13 and 21, the event will see a book giveaway on November 13 and 14 at its library in South Extension-Kotla

Amitav Ghosh: ‘What we are seeing in India, and in other parts of Asia, is the wholesale adoption of settler-colonial practices by political and economic elites’
Sun, Oct 17, 2021

Writer Amitav Ghosh on the clear and present danger that is climate change and connecting the dots between colonialism, capitalism and ecological imbalance in his new work of non-fiction

Explained: Importance of Nobel winner Abdulrazak Gurnah’s writing on refugee experience
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Most of Abdulrazak Gurnah's books feature African Arab protagonists trying to come to terms with dislocation and estrangement, looking in on societies and cultures on which their holds are tenuous.

‘We remain committed to publishing on Kashmir the way we have before’: Publisher Arpita Das
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

Yoda Press publisher Arpita Das on what prompted her decision to suspend publication of anthropologist Saiba Varma’s book on Kashmir in South Asia and why the allegations of cancelling her author lack nuance

Two new children’s books, Aai And I and The World Awaits, explore identity and acts of kindness
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

If Sanket Pethkar’s earthy hues sparkle Mamta Nainy’s South Asian references in one, Nomoco’s bright colours light up Welsh spoken-word poet Tomos Roberts’ — whose The Great Realisation went viral last year — cheerful, uplifting words in the other

‘I’d like to write a good detective story’: Ruskin Bond
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

The literary giant, one of the recipients of this year's Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, also spoke on overcoming the pandemic and changing literary landscape in India

A book on Kashmir is in the eye of the storm with questions being raised on representation, accountability and ethics
Wed, Sep 22, 2021

US-based anthropologist Saiba Varma's book The Occupied Clinic: Militarism and Care in Kashmir explores how care operates in a culture of occupation.

The shortlist for the third Gaja Business Book Prize is out
Tue, Sep 21, 2021

The Rs 15-lakh annual prize is given to non-fiction books on contemporary Indian entrepreneurship

How to Stop Running and Start Living
Sat, Sep 18, 2021

Five books that encourage you to embrace the slow life

Explained: In poet Cathy Park Hong’s work, an influential statement for people of colour in US
Sat, Sep 18, 2021

The Korean-American poet’s first book of essays, Minor Feelings, published last year, threw open a conversation on the discrimination faced by Asian Americans in the US.

“For people who make art, it really is how they respond to the world”
Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Award-winning novelist Anuradha Roy on being a writer of the changing world and her new book, The Earthspinner, that examines grief, creative impulses and the place of animals in the hierarchy of life in India.

The longlist for the NIF-Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Book Prize is announced
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

The 12 books on the longlist offer diverse perspectives on modern Indian history and culture

‘In a globalised world, we should be allowed to publish what we want regardless of where we are situated’: Ottaway Award 2021 winner Naveen Kishore
Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Publisher of Seagull Books on winning the award that recognises exceptional individual effort in promoting international literature and shaping one of India’s best-known independent publishing houses

2021 JCB Prize for Literature longlist is announced
Mon, Sep 06, 2021

This year’s list has six debut authors and three works of translation

Why writing is a form of introspection for Sri Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam, whose new novel is on the Booker longlist
Sun, Aug 22, 2021

Sri Lankan Tamil writer Anuk Arudpragasam on how the civil war in his country shaped his consciousness, writing as a form of introspection and his new Booker longlisted novel.

How Azmeri Haque Badhon overcame odds and found fame
Sat, Aug 21, 2021

Bangladeshi actor Azmeri Haque Badhon was feted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Bangladesh’s first official selection, Rehana Maryam Noor.

A new translation fellowship aims to put the spotlight on vernacular non-fictional works
Wed, Aug 11, 2021

This year, proposals for the NIF Translation Fellowships, that will be awarded in 2022, are being invited from translators of 10 languages — Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati.