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Bookmarked: What you should read this October

October 7, 2019 5:01:39 pm

In order to help you stay abreast with new novels that come out every month but tend to get lost in the crowd, here's a list that will help you decide what to read and what not to by telling you what all to look forward to every month.

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A stranger in my own land

October 6, 2019 12:17:00 am

Growing up Rohingya, an account of the horror that a narrow vision of nationhood and nationality can wreak on the people

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The middle ground

October 6, 2019 12:16:58 am

Despite some omissions, an eclectic volume of writings by one of India’s longest-serving politicians.

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JCB shortlist 2019 announced: Debut authors Roshan Ali, Madhuri Vijay make the cut

October 4, 2019 3:30:00 pm

The JCB Prize for Literature is presented each year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer, as selected by the jury.

Such a Long Journey

October 4, 2019 3:30:06 am

A book by the Indian ambassador in the Netherlands highlights the historical and current exchanges that define the relationship between the two countries

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Gandhi’s autobiography in Malayalam outsells others

September 30, 2019 6:45:18 pm

The book in Gujarati was published in 1927. The Malayalam version stole a march in terms of sales despite coming into print only in 1997.

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If reborn, would like to be a bar-room singer: Jeffrey Archer

September 30, 2019 3:50:56 pm

Having been an MP and now a member of the House of Lords for over 27 years, Jeffrey Archer is also passionate about following what's going on in politics, though he is no longer directly involved

Locating 011

Book review: Locating 011

September 29, 2019 12:50:29 am

Sharp vignettes of Delhi’s past, but this smooth translation lacks a woman author’s perspective

Beloved child of Mother Bapu

Book review: Beloved child of Mother Bapu

September 29, 2019 12:44:55 am

Manu was the Mahatma’s witness more than once: her diaries, finally out, help decode his most controversial experiment

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature longlist announced: Amitav Bagchi, Manoranjan Byapari make the cut

September 26, 2019 10:23:56 pm

The list consists of three translated works from Malayalam, Tamil and Bengali, seven women authors and seven debut novelists. An interesting takeaway was that there was a sharp divorce between the native place of the author and the place they wrote about.

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It’s a Fact: Mistakes are embarrassing the publishing industry

September 24, 2019 1:41:02 pm

Publishers have manuscripts reviewed by their legal departments to guard against libel and copyright infringement. But that process doesn’t include vetting an author’s research and thesis.

National Book Awards 2019 longlist announced for fiction category

September 22, 2019 4:39:58 pm

Authors like William Faulkner, William Gaddis, Jesmyn Ward, John Updike and Philip Roth have been previous recipients of this prize.

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Chew On This

September 21, 2019 1:30:05 am

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”.

Rising Influence

Rising Influence

September 21, 2019 12:45:40 am

The journey of economists from university campuses to the White House

A Thinking Man’s Guide to Practical Living

A Thinking Man’s Guide to Practical Living

September 21, 2019 12:30:20 am

A collection of essays that champion reason over blind faith, science over superstition

One Above the Other

One Above the Other

September 21, 2019 12:05:54 am

A sharp critique, not only of the persistent realities of caste but also of the prevailing state of Dalit politics

Memory is dynamic, constantly reauthored by people: Avni Doshi on her novel and how she remembers past

September 20, 2019 9:27:31 am

Ahead of Alzheimer's Day, author Avni Doshi talks about the importance of memory and how it is dynamic, constantly reauthored by us.

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One Step Away

September 20, 2019 5:50:53 am

Heritage activist Vikramjit Singh Rooprai has documented the baolis of Delhi in his latest book

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German city refuses to award author Kamila Shamsie for lending support to anti-Israel movement

September 19, 2019 5:05:06 pm

The author was quoted as saying how it is not fair for a jury to "bow to pressure and withdraw a prize from a writer who is exercising her freedom of conscience and freedom of expression."

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Author Sangeeta Khanna’s new book dispels myths around one of India’s favourite snacks

September 20, 2019 2:57:57 pm

There is a section on Non Veg Pakodas. From the usual anda, chicken and prawn to Herbed Omelette Pakoda and Tisre Vade.

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Book extract: Kaveree Bamzai’s No Regrets — The Guilt-Free Woman’s Guide to a Good Life

September 17, 2019 6:15:06 pm

Journalist Kaveree Bamzai addresses the guilt women face in her latest book No Regrets: The Guilt-Free Woman’s Guide to a Good Life as she outlines a way of life where women do not feel guilty.

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Nambiar Swami: A grandson’s biography that chronicles Kollywood’s greatest on-screen villain

September 16, 2019 5:37:15 pm

Nambiar Swami - The Good, The Bad and The Holy is a biography of M N Nambiar by the actor's grandson Dipak Nambiar. It traces Nambiar's life and his friendships with actors in the industry, particularly with M G Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan.

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William Dalrymple’s book, The Anarchy, has different cover, title for the UK edition

September 16, 2019 5:29:23 pm

William Dalrymple's latest book The Anarchy has put forth a strange instance where not only does the cover for India and UK differ but even the subtitles on them are different.

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The Zoya Factor releases on Sept 20: What’s the Anuja Chauhan novel all about?

September 15, 2019 3:49:19 pm

The Zoya Factor, that is releasing on September 20, has been adapted from Anuja Chauhan's novel of the same name. Published in 2008, Chauhan's novel revolves around Zoya Singh Solanki, an executive in an advertising agency.

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Raging waters

September 14, 2019 12:50:21 am

The 2015 Chennai floods revisited through deeply personal accounts that indict an apathetic system