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Ram Sarangan


He works as a Sub-Editor. He tweets @ram_sarangan.

Finding a language to talk about mental health
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

Conversations around mental health are often stymied by the lack of appropriate vocabulary in vernacular languages

After the End
Sun, Sep 22, 2019

At the Hugo Awards this year — arguably one of the world’s most prestigious awards for speculative and science fiction — a fanfiction collective walked off with an award. Is this the moment of recognition that the oft-maligned genre had been waiting for?

Chew On This
Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Cow and Company by Parashar Kulkarni provides that fodder in the form of an epic battle of the ages between chewing gum, which the British Chewing Gum Company wants to introduce in India, and “the empire of paan — the sun never truly set on it”.

Nemat Sadat’s debut novel is an ode to beauty and hope, even in dark times
Sat, Jul 20, 2019

The novel’s dedication to portraying the fragility of life is evident in its complexities. Most happy moments are bittersweet, no emotion is fully evident, no motive is completely understandable.

True lies
Sat, Jun 08, 2019

An intriguing debut novel that explores the toxic remains of the American dream

Walk on Earth a Stranger: Book review on I have become the tide
Sat, May 25, 2019

Githa Hariharan’s new novel is an angry, intimate look at systemic social oppressions

Shelf life: City Centre
Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Milk Teeth lives up to its title in a number of ways — it alludes to that innocent first romance which often evolves into something a lot more complicated, the feelings around a first home that everyone must come to terms with and the process of reconciling with who you are and what you want.

Sweet Young Things
Sat, Feb 02, 2019

An irreverent if slightly predictable story on the problems that the young of every species face.

Love on the Third Rock
Sat, Jan 05, 2019

An exquisite tale of the push-and-pull of desire in a world that is in constant flux.

The Measure of Time
Sat, Dec 08, 2018

Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi examines love and friendship in this unusual illustrated novel

How to Colour a Dream
Sat, Oct 20, 2018

Murakami’s latest traces the surreal contours of a listless painter’s life and efforts to find inspiration and himself.

The Dying of the Light
Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Feroz Rather’s debut collection of short stories is a record of humanity in a place where very little of it survives.

In Good Faith: The natural fallacy
Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Section 377 verdict may have decriminalised homosexuality. Now, a transformation in society and religion demands a nuanced approach.

Paper Princess
Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Shandana Minhas’s novella, Rafina, falls flat because of its lack of pace and the singular unlikeability of its lead

In Fact: Why WHO wants to treat gaming as a disorder, and why some disagree
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Draft classification lists it as a mental health condition, critics find it premature

Steady Goes the Saint
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

A novel on Dostoevsky’s relationship with his stenographer, Anna Grigoryevna.

Eyes Wide Shut
Sat, May 05, 2018

Sight, in the literal and metaphorical sense, is central to KR Meera’s new novel

Shelf life: Dark Days
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

If I Had to Tell it Again, a memoir by Gayathri Prabhu, shatters this silence with an intimate examination of the relationship between the author and her late father.

Readers Digest: The Book Hunters of Katpadi
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The book’s triumph is largely due to the anecdotes scattered within it in abundance, with scarcely a few pages passing by without some interesting nugget of information cropping up.

Yuletide Reading
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

From a cantankerous old miser to a girl lighting matches to stave off the cold, Christmas has produced enduring, if sometimes unlikely, titans of literature

The city by the sea
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

For the initiated, there is something all-encompassing about the name ‘Madras’ — stitched together by millions of narratives, the city has perennially been on the cusp of tradition and modernity, warmth and cruelty, glamour and grime.

Washed ashore: How the sea changed, from a childhood friend to an angry, implacable force
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

As I continued to read and talk to people about the sea, it baffled me that one thing could have so many facets to it. But with this bafflement came a desire to understand, and my hostility faded to the background.

No Comfort
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

The strength of Bombay Fever is the lack of a central protagonist, with a sufficiently broad narrative vantage point.

A Fraction of the Whole 
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel, perhaps his most accessible one to date, draws succour from father-son myths in Western and Eastern cultural traditions

Stalking The Bean
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

A look at some coffee houses in Delhi that are doing things differently, as well as those that continue to perfect the basics