Rural India, Sylvia Plath and human relationships come together in Maithreyi Karnoor's bold debut novel
Karnoor’s book experiments with the novel form, blending prose with poetry and painting a quaint but haunting portrait of two people: one searching for a story, the other for home.
On death row in India: A new book draws on criminal justice research for a reconsideration of the death penalty
Author Jahnavi Misra's work, The Punished: Stories of Death Row Prisoners in India, is based on research conducted by Project 39A and narratives that cast an alternative perspective on the death penalty, its social and cultural impact.
In conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The bestselling author on new book The Last Queen, and her craft
In Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest book, the forgotten story of Rani Jindan Kaur comes to life.
The life and times of Devika Rani: Kishwar Desai on the fame, struggles of one of Hindi cinema's first heroines
Devika Rani's contributions to the pioneering studio Bombay Talkies went beyond acting. She took full control of it following the death of Himansu Rai, her husband.
How a passion for Lego led prosthetic dentist Vishnu Manohar to design a bionic arm with the building blocks
The dentist confesses that there are, of course, long-term difficulties attached to mass production of the Lego arm, one of the primary ones being the practical challenge of obtaining spare parts in India.
Nandini Sengupta on how her childhood pets inspired her to write The Blue Horse, a collection of animal tales
The Blue Horse is filled with animals that can talk, think and feel in keeping with traditional storytelling cultures that attribute to animals their own distinct point of view.
With new Christmas album, the Shillong Chamber Choir revives West Asian-influenced carolling traditions of yore
Carolling traditions across the Christian diaspora can be traced as far back as fourth century Rome when songs were first sung to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Arjun Rajendran's One man: Two executions is an ode to 18th century Pondicherry through inter-linguistic poetry
What Arjun Rajendran's poetry invokes beautifully is almost a haunting maritime imagery – of massive vessels anchoring at Pondicherry’s harbour, and the treasures, thieves, smugglers and pillaging pirates they brought ashore.
Bringing Dhumketu to a new century: Jenny Bhatt discusses translating the pioneering Gujarati writer's short stories
In the early 20th century, Dhumketu was a household name, known for writing stories that departed from the heavy influence of Mahatma Gandhi's ideology to depict instead a village idyll, the simple joys and sorrows of a common person, and the everyday goings-on of a Gujarati home.
In 'It's All in Your Head, M,' Manjiri Indurkar crafts a piercingly honest narrative about her struggle with mental illness
Diving into the trauma she suffered as a survivor of child sexual abuse and more so the rage and grief that stemmed from the silence of those around her who knew the truth, Indurkar writes a sharply honest story, weighing her losses against her more qualitative wins in the pages of this book.
In Leesa Gazi's novel Hellfire, a controlling mother's hold on her daughters takes a dark, twisted turn
Leesa Gazi's Rourob — the story of a controlling mother Farida, and her hold over her spinster daughters, Lovely and Beauty — was first published a decade ago in Bangladesh.
MadRasana was launched to take Carnatic music to a contemporary audience in novel ways, which have included organising concerts in cafes, theatres, and screening performances on YouTube that experiment with diverse formats
An English translation of Nashtanayika narrates the poignant story of PK Rosy, the first heroine of Malayalam cinema
In Vigathakumaran, Daniel essays the role of the hero, Jayachandran, but the star of the film is Rosy – a poor girl living in a thatched hut with her Amma, Appan and siblings – who portrays, Sarojini, a lady belonging to a Nair tharavad.
Translation of M Mukundan's Delhi: A Soliloquy, depicts the city's squalor as observed by its Malayali diaspora
It took two years for the writer to paint a picture of Delhi which was far from the glamorous and ‘cosmetic’ construct of the city in those minds that have never truly visited the capital
Barun Sobti’s role as a grubby and lively investigator in Eros Now's Halahal marks a departure from his popular frame as a broody romantic or the troubled CBI agent in Voot Select’s Asur.
A resident of Mumbai throughout his life, Iyer was an authority on the city's changing architectural landscape and on how people make use of public spaces in this bustling metropolis.
In C Pam Zhang's Booker Prize-longlisted debut, a buried chapter of America's immigrant history comes alive
Infused with magical realism, the haunting vastness of the California landscape and the tragic wanderings of two orphaned siblings, C Pam Zhang's debut novel — How Much of These Hills Is Gold — renders a powerful narrative of the Chinese-American immigrant experience.
Novelist Sophie Ward on being long-listed for the Booker Prize, thought experiments, nuances in relationships
Love and Other Thought Experiments pushes readers to question individual philosophies, our understanding of complex emotions and belief systems that are constantly governing our everyday lives.
Decoding sustainable fashion: Shift to slow design models, change in consumer mindset imperative, say experts
For India, tradition and heritage play much into the global experience of sustainable fashion.
Anukrti Upadhyay on her novel Kintsugi, bringing together cultures of Jaipur and Japan in a delicate narrative
Anukrti Upadhyay’s Kintsugi weaves two seemingly contradictory worlds together.