Books News

At this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival, some of the best international writers make their debut, while others return for seconds

This year’s international line-up includes two Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Andrew Sean Greer, who won it for his novel Less in 2018, and Colson Whitehead, who won it the year before for The Underground Railroad.

From the farms and fields

An important treatise on the predicament of Indian farmers and how to contextualise their distress

Tracing an Epoch

An evocative novel that reconstructs the time from 1857 till Gandhi’s assassination.

Between wickets: Mike Brearley’s latest book traverses 50 years of the sport

Brearley's latest book, On Cricket, traverses 50 years of the sport with palpable intellectual curiosity. It’s the work of a person who delighted in the aesthetics of the sport even when he was competing.

The Stories Come Alive

Noted writer-illustrator Gavin Bishop on making picture books for children, illustrating the history of New Zealand, and why Maori legends are important

Ruskin Bond: Language, nuance and play of words can be used to draw in reader

Ruskin Bond, known for his literary collections like 'The Room on the Roof' and 'Mr Olivers Diary', spoke about the skills needed for journalistic writing and stressed on the use of language, nuance and play of words.

The Hate We Give

An extraordinary book that looks at the people beyond the mob involved in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Both Sides Now

An academic’s poignant account of visiting the Line of Control from either side of the Indo-Pakistan border.

Have Camera, Will Shoot

A fascinating and important visual document of the photo culture of Peshawar.

Story of a Living City

Historian Swapna Liddle’s latest book maps the making of Connaught Place, the colonial capital of New Delhi.

Author Roopa Pai on breaking down the complexities of Vedas and Upanishads for children

In Roopa Pai’s guide to the ancient texts, she takes us to the forest labs of the past, to thinkers and philosophers, who contemplated the universe and reflected on the Vedas.

Hans, a popular Hindi literary magazine, gets an English edition

The first edition of the English Hans, priced at Rs 100, has 13 stories culled from the first year of its relaunch in 1986 till 1991. The next edition will take on the best work from the next five years, and so on.