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‘Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl’: The Queen as imagined by the Beatles, Netflix, novelists
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‘Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl’: The Queen as imagined by the Beatles, Netflix, novelists

Over the past 70 years, authors, filmmakers, playwrights, songwriters and painters have responded to the Queen as both symbol and human being, whether commenting on the heights of her position or attempting to tease out the inner life of a woman who spoke infrequently in public and avoided personal

What on-ground literature festivals like JLF mean to first-time authors: 'Getting your book out finally feels real'
Arts & Culture

What on-ground literature festivals like JLF mean to first-time authors: 'Getting your book out finally feels real'

Jaipur Literature Festival this year was all the more special also because it gave several first-time authors, whose books released during the pandemic, the chance to talk about their work.

Devil's Advocate | Hindi cinema's depiction of the writer is ludicrous — but that's how authors want to see themselves on screen
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Devil's Advocate | Hindi cinema's depiction of the writer is ludicrous — but that's how authors want to see themselves on screen

The portrayal of the writer in both Gehraiyaan and Bestseller are simultaneously hilarious and the fantasy land most authors are dying to get to. Either way, the joke is on them.

Inside the free fall of Westland Books: From disappointment to rage, how authors are reacting to Amazon's decision
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Inside the free fall of Westland Books: From disappointment to rage, how authors are reacting to Amazon's decision

TM Krishna, who has collaborated with Westland Books, attributes the imminent closure to Amazon’s “unsustainable economic model” and “a culture of discrimination."

Page Turner: In Shivani Sibal’s novel Equations, a portrait of 1980s Delhi and its aspirational inhabitants
Arts & Culture

Page Turner: In Shivani Sibal’s novel Equations, a portrait of 1980s Delhi and its aspirational inhabitants

Equations is a story of aspiration and social change, of individual ambition and family bonds, told through the lives of two families, the Sikands, a wealthy business clan, and the Kumars, who are the family of their domestic help.

In Chef Analiese Gregory's latest cookbook, a blending of native Australian ingredients with European fine-dining aesthetics
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In Chef Analiese Gregory's latest cookbook, a blending of native Australian ingredients with European fine-dining aesthetics

Gregory offers a view of rugged life at the bottom of the world with How Wild Things Are, a cookbook loaded with striking images of the chef herself cooking dishes at a campsite or a rocky shoreline.

In Menachem Kaiser's Plunder, a twisting story of a family of Holocaust survivors trying to reclaim what they've lost
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In Menachem Kaiser's Plunder, a twisting story of a family of Holocaust survivors trying to reclaim what they've lost

Plunder has many moods and registers. It acquires moral gravity. It pays tender and respectful attention to forgotten lives. It is also alert to melancholic forms of comedy.

On Day 6 of the Delhi Literature Festival 2021, authors discuss a dystopian love story, wellness, and Guru Dutt
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On Day 6 of the Delhi Literature Festival 2021, authors discuss a dystopian love story, wellness, and Guru Dutt

From Kevin Missal's mythological fiction Hiranyakashyap to Yasser Usman's biography on Indian cinema legend, Guru Dutt — each of the five featured books and their authors also represented the diversity and range of modern Indian literature.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reads from Forest of Enchantments for Diwali: Ram's return to Ayodhya through Sita's eyes
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reads from Forest of Enchantments for Diwali: Ram's return to Ayodhya through Sita's eyes

While the Ramayana is primarily centred around the perspectives of men — the 'good prince' Ram and the 'evil demon' Ravana — seldom does one know what the women in the story felt or thought.

Man Booker International Prize 2019 longlist features Olga Tokarczuk, Can Xue's translated works, among others
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Man Booker International Prize 2019 longlist features Olga Tokarczuk, Can Xue's translated works, among others

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every year for a book (including novels and short-story collections), which is translated into English and published in the UK and Ireland.

The Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger's unpublished work, spanning 50 years, to be published soon
Life

The Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger's unpublished work, spanning 50 years, to be published soon

JD Salinger published just four books in his lifetime: Nine Stories, The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey and a volume with the two novellas Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. The last work to come out in his lifetime was the story Hapworth 16, 1924, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1965.

Amish Tripathi: 'My portrayal of Sita is closely aligned with Valmiki's Adbhut Ramayana'
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Amish Tripathi: 'My portrayal of Sita is closely aligned with Valmiki's Adbhut Ramayana'

Amish Tripathi recently spoke to us about his new book, Sita, The Warrior Princess of Mithila, the second in his Ram Chandra series

Chetan Bhagat's One Indian Girl vs Anvita Bajpai's Drawing Parallels: When authors are accused of plagiarising stories
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Chetan Bhagat's One Indian Girl vs Anvita Bajpai's Drawing Parallels: When authors are accused of plagiarising stories

A Bangalore-based writer, Anvita Bajpai, recently filed a copyright infringement suit against Chetan Bhagat alleging that Bhagat had plagiarised Bajpai's story, Drawing Parallels, in his 2016 novel, One Indian Girl.

Confessions of a first timer: Agony and ecstasy of being a panelist at the Jaipur Literature Festival
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Confessions of a first timer: Agony and ecstasy of being a panelist at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Writer Rosalyn D'Mello offers a firsthand account of being a panelist at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, and the moments that made this 10th edition worthwhile

International Tea Day: How the beverage occupied the minds of authors
Life

International Tea Day: How the beverage occupied the minds of authors

Tea and literature go hand in hand — authors have poured their very love for the beverage into their writings, their character sketches and have ruminated over the brilliance of the beverage. How many bitter fights have been had while sharing cups of tea?

Wave Theory: Sanjeev Sanyal on how the Indian Ocean shaped human history
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Wave Theory: Sanjeev Sanyal on how the Indian Ocean shaped human history

In a new book, Sanjeev Sanyal tells us the story of how the Indian Ocean shaped human history

Amitav Ghosh's The Great Derangement: A wide-ranging enquiry into climate change
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Amitav Ghosh's The Great Derangement: A wide-ranging enquiry into climate change

An approach like Amitav Ghosh’s, in his new book The Great Derangement, shows that we can come at the spectre of the climate crisis from almost anywhere we stand

Ashwin Sanghi on writing best-sellers: 'You need to be stubborn, thick-skinned'
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Ashwin Sanghi on writing best-sellers: 'You need to be stubborn, thick-skinned'

Bestselling author Ashwin Sanghi on his new book The Sialkot Saga and the art of writing a thriller

Siddhartha Mukherjee talks about 'The Gene: An Intimate History', and the power of evolution
Life

Siddhartha Mukherjee talks about 'The Gene: An Intimate History', and the power of evolution

In his new book, The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee has laid the ghosts of his family's history of mental illness to rest - and raised several pertinent questions for society to consider

A complete tale: 'The Tamil Story' looks at how the short story evolved in Tamil literature
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A complete tale: 'The Tamil Story' looks at how the short story evolved in Tamil literature

The Tamil Story, edited by Dilip Kumar and Subashree Krishnaswamy, looks at how the short story evolved in Tamil literature, through 88 works