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The govt would always want me to have a dagger in my hand, not a pen: Manoranjan Byapari

January 12, 2020 6:04:19 am

Manoranjan Byapari, who was shortlisted for the DSC Prize, tells The Indian Express what the NRC means, and why he would rather go to jail than to a detention camp

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A World of His Own

January 6, 2020 6:17:59 am

Australian writer Ken Spillman on forging a relationship with India, writing for children, and the power of imagination.

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Artist Nilanjana Nandy’s performance art project, ‘Cover Uncover’, questions the way we view the library

December 9, 2019 8:49:37 am

The inspiration for the project that concludes on December 9 came to Nandy when she went about visiting the reading rooms in and around Kochi.

Spice of Life

December 4, 2019 1:37:20 am

Chef Suvir Saran on his new book and how the colour of his skin remains a challenge in the US.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

December 4, 2019 1:09:02 am

Hindi writer Prabhat, winner of this year’s Big Little Book Award, on being unafraid to talk to children about difficult things and why nature is significant in his books

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Tony Joseph’s Early Indians wins Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2019

December 2, 2019 1:20:48 pm

In this fascinating work, Tony Joseph goes 65,000 years back into the past and concludes that none can claim ownership. We are all migrants.

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Jnanpith award: Happy and Humbled by the honour, says Akkitham

November 30, 2019 5:31:15 pm

Born in a traditional Namboothiri (Brahmin) family in Kumaranallur in Palakkad district, Akkitham had trumpeted his arrival to Malayalam literature at the age of eight by penning his first poem.

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Fatima Bhutto on her new book, Asia’s cultural influence and why Shah Rukh Khan tops the charts

November 26, 2019 8:48:48 am

American pop culture is losing its relevance because of the betrayal of globalisation, says Bhutto.

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On the loose: Something Novel

November 25, 2019 6:21:06 am

The thriving genre that’s frowned upon.

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Pico Iyer offers an honest, anecdotal and arguably basic cultural kaleidoscope view of Japan

November 24, 2019 8:22:53 am

The book is a collection of aphoristic paragraphs arranged, apparently, in a fan-shaped design. The pretty cover seems to play with this idea, to take the reader on a journey from the outer to the inner, from arrival to the end and a new beginning.

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The legacy of the IAS, despite the shine of prestige and authority, has paled over the years

November 24, 2019 5:12:00 pm

The author is a conscientious insider who held senior positions in the government and is the rare civil servant who, during his years in office, occasionally put down his contrarian views in writing, even if these offended the powers that be.

Stand By Me by Sudeep Nagarkar: Excerpt

November 22, 2019 7:10:51 pm

Stand By Me then is in equal parts a murder mystery and a test of a brother's conviction. 

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Chennai’s Karadi Tales has recalled a book on tying the turban; here’s why

November 22, 2019 11:14:59 am

Calling it a “racially-biased content presenting Sikhs in negative tone”, Sirsa on Wednesday also tweeted that he was going to send a legal notice to the publisher.

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Article of Faith

November 22, 2019 2:34:29 pm

What a withdrawal of a new picture book, The Art of Tying a Pug, which has run into trouble with a section of the Sikh community, means for India’s children’s writers

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Asterix and the Chieftain’s Daughter: New team, old magic, the hero of Gaul is back, by Toutatis!

November 21, 2019 1:50:27 pm

The comic revolves around the discovery of the daughter of the Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix who Caesar defeated at Alesia.

Deciphering a Life in Scribbled Notes

Deciphering a Life in Scribbled Notes

November 20, 2019 12:45:23 am

The Real Mr Barkotoki follows a journey across time and space to piece together the life of Assamese litterateur, Munin Barkotoki

Arms and the Woman

Author Rashmi Saksena on women who take up arms

November 19, 2019 8:03:47 am

Speaking at the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli recently, Saksena elaborated upon what motivates these women to abandon the traditional playbook for girls and embrace the uncertain life of an insurgent.

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Writer Shanta Gokhale honoured with lifetime achievement award at Tata Literature Live

November 18, 2019 4:04:54 pm

In the fiction space, Tata Literature Live! first book award was given to The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay (HarperCollins).

Actor Lisa Ray on her debut book Close to the Bone, battling cancer, and being an accidental actor

November 18, 2019 7:59:37 am

The cancer survivor who battled the illness twice, called herself an “accidental actor”.

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Book review: Bridgital Dreams

November 17, 2019 8:44:17 am

A timely account of the ways in which harnessing technology can help the disempowered citizenry