"To the best of my knowledge, no author had really ventured into exploring the meen magal or mermaid as their central subject — which was strange to me as a reader, but very exciting from a creative perspective," says author Sharanya Manivannan.
Meeting jinns, getting stuck in a flat after a volcano, accidentally becoming a bride in Shanghai: Shubnum Khan pens an introspective travelogue-cum-memoir in How I Accidentally Became A Global Stock Photo
Decoding the irresistible appeal of Money Heist: Nothing ever goes according to plan. Just like my life.
Money Heist could easily be a Bollywood film: It is mindless, there's too much drama (much of it unnecessary), there are a clutch of good-looking people, there is emotion, and there is even singing and dancing. The exception: I won’t watch those Bollywood films but I will watch Money Heist again.
In an interview, Nayak talks about a different version of Goa, the world of diving, why raves are like modern-day tribal gatherings, and more.
Sally Rooney's Beautiful World, Where Are You tries to explore millennial angst, but is essentially a love story
If you are searching for a substantial plot, Beautiful World has none.
Bene Appétit: In a new cookbook, Esther David documents Indian Jewish community's largely unknown cuisine
'I realised that this fast-diminishing, microscopic community needed to preserve its food heritage,' David says.
In Gods and Ends, Pereira paints an honest — if despondent — look at the lives of Goan Catholics living in a chawl. Obrigado Mansion is in Orlem in Malad but, it could be any chawl in Mumbai, where residents are boxed in by paper-thin walls, their lives on display for everyone around.
How Goa crib-hopped in smaller numbers in 2020, but without losing its spirit and thrust on social dialogue
Across the state, people came together to create life-size Nativity scenes in cribs that were often themed on social issues. In the pandemic, the number of crib-hoppers may have reduced, but the sentiment remained unchanged.
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.