Category Archives: Authors

The Literary Indian

When writer-journalist Manu Joseph won The Hindu Fiction Award last year for his novel Serious Men he remarked half-jokingly, “In India, the novel is being received very well. As long as it doesn’t win the Booker… Most Indian books that have won … Continue reading

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Seasons

Seasons If I were living in a cold Western country, I would have described the weather saying that the snow is finally melting and giving way to green after a long winter. Only if the transition of seasons was that apparent … Continue reading

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Jaipur Diaries- Listening to J.M. Coetzee

Jaipur Diaries– The Old Woman and the Cats Listening to J.M. Coetzee at the Jaipur Literature Festival In an article in the Magazine Littéraire, French writer Véronique Ovaldé recounts the fifty hours she spent in the company of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who … Continue reading

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Jaipur Diaries- The Jaipur Literature Festival 2011

Jaipur Diaries The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2011 Last year in January, I sent Mayank Austen Soofi an e-mail when he had just returned from the Jaipur Literature Festival, “See you in Jaipur next year!” At that time I wasn’t … Continue reading

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“Literature is a luxury, fiction is a necessity”

“Literature is a luxury, fiction is a necessity” As I shared with you two posts ago, these days I am reading Negotiating With the Dead- A Writer On Writing by Margaret Atwood. The book is a long essay on the role of … Continue reading

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‘Booking a Journey’

Here is an article on the centenary celebrations of the declaration of Delhi as the National Capital. National Book Trust, to mark this ocassion, is organising weekend ‘Book Bazaars’ in various parts of the city. I, too, was asked to comment (see … Continue reading

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Man Booker Prize- the Book or the Author?

Interestingly, no such epithet was printed on the cover of a similar but newer edition on another website. The series of events led me to conclude (pardon if I sound a little like Sherlock Holmes) that someone at the renowned publishing … Continue reading

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Sipping tea with Amitabha Bagchi (Part 1)

Sipping Tea with Amitabha Bagchi (Part 1) On the morning on December 22, 2010, I was flu-stricken, sleepy and chilled to the bone. It was a holiday for the 11th standard and I had no particular reason to make the … Continue reading

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