It is refreshing to read a story about Syria that is not only removed from the civil war but is about a family and its daily routines: snapshots of domestic life and houses that hold great drama within their walls.
Fearful of impartial research, the petitioners appear to prefer a made-in-India study of Sanskrit that churns out made-to-order truths.
Three decades of primary data collection in different parts of South Asia, secondary research and inter-disciplinary analysis has resulted in this extensive collection of essays by Bina Agarwal on gender and rural development.
Tarabai Shinde took far more liberty with Hinduism in her 1882 book than the students the Union HRD minister considers ‘seditious’.
The petition to remove Pollock from his position as editor of the Murty Classical Library of India not only makes ridiculous claims, but also shows an alarming intolerance towards the very spirit of intellectual inquiry
With the irreplaceable writer gone, his imaginary astronomy is gone with him.
Let Nida Fazli be remembered for the demand he makes, perhaps even more after his death, that this cannot be a nation of tongues severed in the name of religion.
Widely regarded as the best fiction writer in the language since Qurratulain Hyder, Husain’s main achievement was the perfection of a unique style of fiction writing, which departed from the mainstream tradition of realistic fiction.
The legendary Pakistani writer died on February 2, 2016, at the age of 92.
Benyamin, one of Kerala’s most popular contemporary novelists, recently spoke about his personal experiences with literature and how it may have shaped the kind of writer he has become today.
This is not the first time that comics and illustrated books are being used to teach children lessons that may be politically motivated.
Had Dumbledore been written as gay, Granger as black, or Anthony Goldstein as Jewish, she may have diversified her fiction with a legitimate and powerful literary voice.
Historian, political thinker and analyst of ‘political Marxism’.
A scholarly review of this most entertaining of films throws up some predictable but also surprising conclusions
The author, who was born 150 years ago, barely spent a few years in India but his works show that he had deeply imbibed its spirit
Getting a godna, a tattoo on her forehead and cheeks, is an initiation for young tribal women in Jharkhand. It’s a vanishing practice, however, described in this excerpt from Nidhi Dugar’s new book.
Kipling’s work is a reminder that we live in a linguistic soup and always have, just as much as we belong to a genetic one and always have
History, fiction and graphic novels-the year promises rich pickings for the reader
Anjum Hasan’s latest novel explores the art world, with its familiar cast of wunderkinds, patrons and poseurs
Dev Lahiri’s story is a cautionary tale of how anyone who tries to reform things, or to upset the status quo, faces not just resistance but also retribution.
Opium, Amitav Ghosh suggests, was the substance that created the modern world, and he has told its epic story.
In her Nobel Lecture, the winner of the Literature prize for 2015 reflects on ‘Red’ Man and the complex legacy of the erstwhile Soviet Union.
An improbable artist slowly comes alive in a new translation of Girti Deevarein, Upendranath Ashk’s classic novel.
The sterling role played by Indian soldiers in the Great War has been largely forgotten till now
Instead, she will be a great power through building her own strength and capabilities and continuing to show wisdom and good sense in her choice of engagements abroad.
The recent launch of a compilation of journalist, novelist, filmmaker and thinker K.A. Abbas’ s writings highlighted the continuing relevance of his passion for speaking truth to power Mumbai: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was a journalist and writer, activist and filmmaker, scenarist, scriptwriter, thinker, and philosopher all rolled into one, […]
In Shahid Amin’s brilliant new book, the contentious relationships between the Muslim conqueror and the Hindu vanquished that constitutes India’s historical past are given their rightful space in the meta narrative of the nation state.
With access to papers and personal documents from both sides of the border, the authors have produced a history that will be a valuable resource to students of military affairs
Gloria Steinem’s first book in more than a decade hit bookstores a couple of weeks ago. My Life on the Road proffers autobiographical snippets from what the famed feminist activist, journalist and author claims is the “most important, longest-running, yet least visible part of my life” – her […]
The all-too-familiar tale of digital disruption that we’ve seen play out in television, transportation, accommodation and music hasn’t quite applied to the printed word.
On the whole, our folk literature is a creation of agro-culture and, most probably, new creations which are an image of that bygone culture will not be born again. Our urgent duty is to document those old creations and nurture them in modern poetry, plays and so on.
Those who speak of ‘common humanity’ need to tell us what lies outside this common and name what is inhuman, what cannot be permitted to go on in the name of any commonness.
In his novel, Day After Tomorrow, the Kenyan-born novelist Bahadur Tejani told the story of a family of Indian ‘waparis’, or settler-traders, and their interactions with ethnic African groups. The latter were ill-treated and abused as ‘racially inferior’, a category sanctioned by the colonial system. On one occasion, […]
Can the Sahitya Akademi be pushed to take that one step across the lakshman rekha which it has not taken until now – to prove they are separate from the state and can take an oppositional position when they see an arm of the state doing wrong?
If Left and Nehruvian ideas have no relevance, as is being said, then why are writers accused of left-liberal ideas being attacked so viciously?
Many films made on historical subjects can be very entertaining, but why do they get small and big historical details so wrong?
New books by Nandita Haksar and Meera Khanna are a valuable addition to the literature on Jammu and Kashmir
In Middle Passage (1962), V S Naipaul’s account of revisiting the Caribbean, the author is swept up by the voices of its inhabitants. As one taxi driver tells him: “Is only when you live here as long as me that you know the sort of animal it is.” […]
Arth brought out many of Patil’s own anxieties which she then poured into her role as the insecure actress caught in an affair
It is dismaying to see that the brave reaction to the action of the writers in returning their awards has been either petty or trivialising