Books

Pseudo Intellectual’s Day Out

The sudden craze of the hoi polloi to gatecrash into every cultural and literary event in India

Books & the Baboos

Boi Para, Kolkata’s historic College Street, is the world’s biggest and oldest second hand book mart functioning since 1850.

Malcolm Gladwell On The Advantages Of Disadvantages

He starts the book by dissecting the classic tale of David and Goliath, challenging our beliefs about what the story tells us regarding underdogs and giants, and ultimately, our fundamental assumptions about power.

Mythologies With a Modern Twist

Having dared to think out-of- the-box, a brave new breed of publishers have revamped the modern Indian comics by adding a zing to flat storytelling and zoomed in on lesser- known aspects of Indian mythologies, making new pop-culture icons out of age-old characters.

Why Indian Business Books Bomb

Indian business books about Indian businesses typically describe idiosyncratic conditions that apply only to India, which is not very useful as learning material for conducting business in developed economies.

Midnight's Children: Two Authors in Search of a Film

Rushdie and Mehta’s Midnight’s Children promises a doubled up feast for thought and senses before the theater goes dark.

Emerging Shades of Indian Erotica

In the last two years, the book, which captured the imagination of millions of Indian readers, is compelling indigenous publishers to explore the feasibility of homegrown erotica.

Writers Without Borders

This year, the Kumbh Mela of literary gatherings seemed to have morphed into an universe of literary outpourings spawning galaxies of thoughts and clusters of ideas around the academic magnets.

Being a Successful Poet is an Exercise in Obscurity

To some extent. Bombay is a mistress to many a lonely soul, its opiate histories and drunken peripheries have a natural intoxication.

Cartography is all About Imagination

My experience of Pakistan being firsthand gave me confidence to carry on and take any allegation of inferiority head on.

A Kumbh of Literature

Religion is a continuous process and Kumbh is no exception.

Hold the Shloka

World’s only Sanskrit daily holds out against the odds.

Are Writers Performers

In a world awash with new tools for communication and engagement, the symbolism, mystique and magic of anonymity, however seductive, is losing ground to new anthems celebrating the spirit of contact, connection and interaction.

Seeking Silence

In this interview Iyer spoke on an unusual topic — the value of silence and stillness amid the rush of business.

Tagore Haunted by Depression

Bhattacharya attributes the bard’s chronic loneliness to “disappointment with the support he received from his people.

Experiments With Gandhi

Even the most uncharitable reading of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and works would discount any possibility that Gandhi had sexual liaisons, much less homosexual ones, after 1906. Only fabricated and dishonest interpretations can — and have.

Joseph Lelyveld

“I thought the book might be controversial for other reasons.”

Unlocking the Brain’s Secrets

Washington Post reporter Shankar Vedantam’s book The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elects Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, (Random House, 2010, $26) was

Almost Single, But Most Eligible

I tolerate my job, hate my boss, and bond big time with my friends, while routinely suffering from umbilical cord whiplash.

How Indian Is Indian Writing In English?

What is it that makes the most talented of India’s literary geniuses steer clear of Indian shores to settle down in foreign lands?

A Writer In The House?

Quick! We need a heart by-pass!

'Indians Are Privately Smart And Publicly Dumb'

In his book Games Indians Play: Why We Are the Way We Are, V. Raghunathan writes about a farmer whose corn won top awards year

In the Land of Gup

It's the season for Indian writers.

State of the Indian Book

Indian writers are no longer just flash-in-the-pan.

The Writer Sees Red

Reflections on the Indian novel.

Author Speak

Interview with Shoba Narayan, author of Monsoon Diary.

Ring Side View

Review of Island of Blood.

Hot Stuff

Review of Monsoon Diary.

Passage to Oak Tree Road

Review of Suburban Sahibs

Authorspeak

Interview with S Mitra Kalita.

Review of Pomegranate Dreams

Pomegranate Dreams and Other Stories By Vijay Lakshmi Soft cover, 230 pages Indialog Publications

Clarity of Voice and Vision

Interview with David Iglehart.

Book Review

IIT: India's Intellectual Treasures.

With Jhumpa In The Park

Indian authors are entering the audio books market.

Elegant and Dignified Arguments

The single great gift of Amartya Sen's book The Argumentative Indian is the perfect symbiosis of substance and style.

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