Eco-literature needs to move beyond the sterile badgering of activism and delve deeper into human stories of subtlety.
Who gets to document African realities? Who are the gatekeepers of African publishing traditions?
The humanities call upon us to rediscover that cooperation across difference, and not competition, drives community, the nation and life itself.
Through subtle parallels to our own lives and choices, literature can help us make sense of political upheavals.
Though China’s graduates with technical skills have attractive employment opportunities, the rest’s education leaves them unprepared for available jobs.
If our research halls become empty, if no young mind comes to us to discuss books and ideas, the job that we do as teachers in a research university loses its charm and meaning.
The secrets to Meera’s mass success are the drop of universal truth in her books, her seemingly endless energy, her adventurous spirit as a writer, and her willingness to explore other places.
A story written by Cho Ramaswamy in 1996 has a lot to say about Tamil Nadu politics.
While most humans struggle to maintain a sense of psychological unity, contradictions produce destabilising breaches in the self, and they are a necessary ingredient for triggering intellectual creativity.
The novelist who was refused his due credit managed to create his own niche and readership, proving wrong those who deny that one can earn a living writing Hindi literature.
Even as politicians fought battles for a united Maharashtra on the basis of linguistic identity, little magazines boldly translated poetry from all over the country
Are the hauntings at Mussoorie and Landour just practical fictions amidst the solitude of the hills?
With her erudite and cosmopolitan Aligarh background, Salma became the perfect foil to her urbane but quiet husband Krishan Chandar
‘Homesick for Another World’ is a fine short story collection. It’s relentlessly dark and unforgiving of both the world we live in and ourselves.
The voices of the republic include dreamers, dissenters, and rebels against borders and authorities. One poem of resistance, from a different Indian language, each day this week.
The group removed the bust of Ram Ganesh Gadkari from a park in Pune because they felt a play he wrote about a 100 years ago ‘insulted’ Shivaji’s son Sambhaji.
Berger spoke to the viewer as an equal, taking us with him on a journey of captivating stories that made art theory come alive
Hindi literature has been a reflection of the times in the last year, not simply walking the path of power and market forces.
The US ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji delivered Dylan’s acceptance speech on his behalf at the Nobel Banquet on December 10.
The literature festival in Mumbai is geared towards recognising and promoting literary talent across different genres of literature among emerging as well as distinguised writers.
Fo’s grotesque farces and satirical comedies on serious political themes ensured that his audience kept laughing even though he was laying bare the injustices and hypocrisies of the system.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
Chetan Bhagat discusses his new book “One Indian Girl” and answer questions on themes such as sexism at the workplace, female friendships, romantic relationships and his idea of feminism.
This week’s column deals with our relationships with stories. What do we expect from the fiction we read and who owns a story, the writer or the reader?
The Nobel organisation’s downplaying of Tagore’s significance as a musician is part of the same thinking that has long delayed Dylan’s receiving the prize.
Fo’s theatre dealt with none of the ‘weighty’ questions of the human condition, just the laying bare of the insides of the system of exploitation and oppression, with laugh-till-you-cry satire.
Not only did Dylan address everything from politics and war to social justice and love, he also made songs longer and longer, inspiring many others.
A lot of Dylan’s music is about social change and unrest, capturing a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.
Dylan was awarded the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
Indian publishers too have begun to follow trends of literary fiction, rather than literature, that is so prevalent in English speaking countries
Albee himself was not one to play to the gallery, he expected the audience to catch up with him
The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own.
While the Culture Ministry’s new ‘Outstanding’ category of artists puts stalwarts alongside young practitioners for festivals of India abroad, the ‘Promising’ section has organisations that call themselves NGOs.
The Bengali poet Bhaskar Chakraborty is not very well known to readers outside of Calcutta, a city that constantly enters and leaves his poems.
Experts claim that though we might have become good at multi-tasking, our concentration levels have dropped, resulting in an inability to have dense experiences.
The translations by N. Kalyan Raman bring the work of Ashokamitran, one of the finest living Indian writers, to a wider audience.
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality
Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 is a bold experiment in form, set in an anonymous ‘City-State,’ which unnervingly parallels the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Anyone, these books assure us, however little else they may have, can hold on to the integrity of their feelings.