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Books by artists and on Indian art for the young ’uns

January 28, 2018 10:08:18 am

It’s soon going to be India Art Fair season — reason enough to go scouring for books on art and by Indian artists that can introduce children to art practices and personalities in the country.

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Exit wounds: Einat Weizman on her controversial play ‘Palestine, Year Zero’

January 28, 2018 10:10:21 am

Israeli actor-director Einat Weizman on her controversial play Palestine, Year Zero and why publicly supporting human rights is an act of courage in her country.

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Julia Donaldson, the creator of The Gruffalo, who writes of sprightly creatures and spreads a lot of joy

January 28, 2018 10:12:34 am

Julia Donaldson sits with a variety of marker pens in front of her, letting her young readers choose the colour they want her signature in. A young girl indicates a pink one. Donaldson looks at her kindly and says, “I am a little tired of pink. Shall we try purple instead?” The young girl stares back for a moment and then nods.

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Here lies Hindoo Stuart: Inside the 250-year-old Park Street cemetery

January 28, 2018 2:53:35 pm

The Park Street cemetery, which is now 250 years old, is home to stories of Kolkata’s past and present.

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WhatsApp Uncle explains why you shouldn’t mock the motherland and its leaders

January 21, 2018 12:10:44 am

My family… see… I also have a sense of humour. But chutkula is chutkula, and deshprem is deshprem. 

The Battle is Yours to Lose

January 21, 2018 12:05:57 am

Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat is not a story of religious war. It is a tale with a moral: earth is vanity, nothing lasts forever.

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The Tiger in my Backyard

January 21, 2018 12:05:22 am

The lonely life of a forest bungalow guard in UP’s Pilibhit tiger reserve.

When a Forest Sleeps: A look at the unsung men of our wildlife story

January 21, 2018 12:05:20 am

They know the forest like no one else. They are the first point of contact when you visit India’s reserves and national parks. Yet, they remain forever in the shadows. We look at the unknown and unsung men of our wildlife story — the guards, the chowkidaars, the mahouts, the trackers and others who rise from the dust and return to them. First up, the story of Umer Mia and others of his ilk.

How They Built a Forest and Other Stories

January 21, 2018 12:05:15 am

Behind Ranthambore’s success story, men of extraordinary courage and integrity.

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On a wing and a prayer: Tamil Dalit writer Bama on 25 years of Karukku

January 21, 2018 12:01:01 am

Tamil Dalit writer Bama on 25 years of Karukku, writing in the language of her people and being a mentor-teacher to first-generation Dalit students.

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Across the Paddy Fields

January 21, 2018 12:42:48 pm

On a slow trek in northwest Vietnam, negotiating the lush greens and rich ethnic culture of Sapa.

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Families in food: Heaven in a cone

January 21, 2018 12:00:38 am

Inside one of Mumbai’s favourite ice cream shops.

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‘I am always responding to crisis’: Artist Vivan Sundaram on 50 years of his work

January 29, 2018 3:40:07 pm

74-year-old artist Vivan Sundaram talks about archives and history, his political leanings and how the 1968 strikes and agitations in universities and factories in France shaped him.

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Speak Easy: True Colours

January 21, 2018 12:00:20 am

It’s a futile exercise to seek authenticity in abstractions such as colour and language.

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Down in Jungleland: Kite Runner

January 21, 2018 12:00:18 am

The flight of a black kite is a thing of breath-taking perfection.

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The Book of Wonder

January 21, 2018 12:00:07 am

Tara Books travels to Japan for an exhibition that celebrates the exhilarating work of the Chennai-based indie publisher.

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Travelling Suitcase: Born To Be Wild

January 21, 2018 12:00:05 am

Do kids and wildlife go together? You’ll be surprised how.

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Families in Food: Rosogulla rewind in New Delhi’s famous Bengali Sweets

January 17, 2018 1:51:13 pm

Bengali Sweets in Bengali Market: Two brothers and their contribution to New Delhi’s sweet story.

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Building Blocks: A lot can happen over coffee

January 14, 2018 1:33:41 pm

In the heart of Ahmedabad, a space for immersive art.

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Unto the Earth: Didi Contractor’s oeuvre is a story of rare beauty

January 14, 2018 12:15:04 am

From her alcove high in the mountains, Didi Contractor has spent decades making buildings in the image of nature. The 88-year-old self-taught architect’s oeuvre, like her life, is a story of rare beauty.

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Pause and Effect: An Instagram handle, mumbaipaused, freeze-frames the life of the city of dreams

January 14, 2018 12:09:36 am

While most Instagram handles that chronicle the city attempt to capture its beauty, Gopal’s Mumbai, when paused, does not look pretty. It is the mundane that sets his work apart.

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Reading Time: Namita Gokhale on her new novel and why the Jaipur Literature Festival is a perfect fit for Rajasthan

January 14, 2018 12:04:25 am

Author Namita Gokhale on her work and her first literary award. 2017 saw the 61-year-old writer win the first Centenary National Award for Literature from Assam Sahitya Sabha and the Valley of Words Book Award for the Best English Fiction for her novel, Things to Leave Behind (Penguin).

Down in Jungleland: The Wasteland

January 14, 2018 12:02:32 am

A short ramble in the Yamuna Biodiversity Park showcases its thriving diversity.

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The book of life: For the joy of reading

January 14, 2018 12:00:16 am

A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns. This week, on the joy of reading.

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A place to call home: A city always knows when your heart is full

January 14, 2018 12:00:11 am

You can leave a city far behind, but it only takes a minute to remember that home is where the heart once was.