Remembering Aunty Nonie: A reflection on the life of my family’s most prolific talent, Eunice de Souza
It was only after coming to Mumbai to work as a journalist that I fully understood Aunty Nonie’s legacy. Or as the world knew her, the late poet, teacher, literary critic, researcher and novelist Eunice de Souza.
With Unlock 1.0's social distancing, sanitation guidelines, small restaurants in India face an uphill struggle in reopening
Much has changed in this post-pandemic world. The new guidelines, hygiene and social distancing norms, changed curfew time (which doesn’t factor in dinner), rent issues, restriction on liquor sales, depleted staff, and people’s hesitance to dine out could well sound the death knell for many a standalone eating house.
Easter in the time of coronavirus: Empty churches, unused communion hosts reflect a world where prayer has gone online
As countries around the world starting urging people to stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak, and India announced its 21-day lockdown, priests and other clergy had to suddenly befriend that familiar beast, technology, ahead of Easter. | Joanna Lobo writes in our #SummerWithout series
Love Jihadis: New book traverses West UP, hotbed of communal strife, to capture voices of the 'dispensable'
Love Jihadis: An Open-minded Journey into the Heart of Western Uttar Pradesh, by journalists Mihir Srivastava and Raul Irani, charts the territory of Western Uttar Pradesh, and uncovers why most communal clashes find their origins in this region.
Jokha Alharthi, Man Booker International Prize 2019 winner, on Arabic literature: 'Diverse, beautiful, deserves to be read'
In 2019, Jokha Alharthi became the first Arab woman to win the Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies. Alharthi was recently in India to attend the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2020, where she spoke about her book and how some people weren’t too happy with her portrayal of Omani society.
With her new book on 1971 Indo-Pak war, Anam Zakaria attempts to understand one of the most defining years in South Asian history
Anam Zakaria’s 1971: A People’s History from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India is an attempt at probing one of the most defining years in South Asian history.
Asma Khan on changing perceptions of Indian food, being called a feminist, featuring on Netflix’s Chef’s Table.
Long Distance: Anoop Lokkur's short lesbian film explores a familiar reality for unmarried Indian women
Long Distance was one of the shorts, and one of over 240 films, screened at the recently concluded Outfest Los Angeles.
Neelu Bhuman’s sci-fi omnibus TRANSFINITE shines spotlight on queer identities behind and in front of the camera
Neelu Bhuman, the director of TRANSFINITE, says it centers queer characters by placing them in positions of power, wisdom and magic. The sci-fi omnibus has been screened at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, the Bangalore Queer Film Festival and Outfest Los Angeles 2019
Autumn Light is Pico Iyer's second book on Japan. It is slow, melancholic and reflective. There is no linear progression to the story. There is no story as much as thoughts on death, guilt, separations and reunions.
Sarnath Banerjee on subverting 'truth-manufacturing industries' with fiction, and the therapeutic power of imagination
In an interview with Firstpost, Sarnath Banerjee speaks of today's post-truth world, his love for history, and how bedtime stories with his son sparked the idea for his next book.
Journalist Priyanka Dubey spent six years travelling across India to document cases of rape and sexual assault. Her reportage, compiled in a book, presents a stark picture of the problem, and looks at the path ahead.
At the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, artist Nishant Jain's project SneakyArt captures ordinary yet evocative moments
US-based freelance writer and illustrator Nishant Jain's SneakyArt project showcases the beauty in everyday urban life through ‘sneaky spots’ in public places, from cafés and bars to museums and parks.
Author André Aciman on writing a love story, rejecting labels and turning a fashion story into a treatise on longing
Andrea di Robilant on tracing Hemingway's relationship with his muse Adriana, travelling, and finding new stories
Many years ago, author and journalist Andrea di Robilant was on a walk with a few friends in Venice when they entered a property by mistake. It turned out to belong to Gianfranco Ivancich, brother to Adriana, the young Venetian girl who captured the attention of Ernest Hemingway and became his muse.
Tata Literature Live 2018: On Day 4, the discussions get political with Arun Shourie, Priyanka Pathak-Narain, Lionel Shriver
The last day of Tata Literature Live ended on a political note. It’s hard to ignore what’s happening in the country at this moment and quite a few panellists used the stage to talk about it.
Ravish Kumar, Snigdha Poonam, Ashok Ferrey, among others feature on day three of the Tata Literature Live 2018.
Tata Literature Live 2018: Conversations about activism, leisure and India's diversity dominate on Day 2
Day 2 of Tata Literature Live saw Aruna Roy speaking about RTI and Robert Dessaix explaining why leisure is important
'South Bombay’s liberals' — referred thus by two speakers — descended upon the gardens and AC halls of the NCPA to celebrate the Tata Literature Live! — the annual extravaganza dedicated to books and if lucky, controversies.
Indian scientist Fr Richard D’Souza on discovering the dark past of our galaxy's neighbour, Andromeda
Fr Richard D’Souza's findings are likely to upset a major paradigm in our understanding of galaxy evolution