Books of the week: From Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's The Last Queen to Ashish Khetan’s Undercover, our picks
Our weekly roundup of books that should be on your radar.
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.
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: Mary Beard, Yann Martel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni to speak on Day 4
On the palace grounds in Jaipur, Mary Beard will take the audiences on a tour of the ancient civilisations and histories of the city of Rome with an introduction by Dan Jones
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Forest of Enchantments, timeless epics, comparisons between Sita and Draupadi
If symbolically, Sita, being the daughter of the earth, is in tune with the power of nature, then Ram embodies the laws of the city or civilization, everything that opposes Sita’s power — natural, emotional and free flowing
Jaipur Literature Festival responds to petition seeking strong stand on #MeToo, promises safe space for all
The organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival have said that it condemns sexual harassment and gave details about its internal complaints committee.
Born Confused turns 15: How one YA novel opened the gates to desi representation in American pop culture
Born Confused gave us permission to explore the ‘ordinary’ stories of our own people, which are by default extraordinary | #FirstCulture
Divakaruni wrote a book about sisters of the heart. Now it seems her novel has an illegitimate sister on television. She says the popular serial Mera Naseeb on Zindagi rips off her story without permission.
Ten years later, I believe we still face some of the problems and tensions that erupted after 9/11. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken their toll on the economy, on morale, and on the many soldiers that have been scarred by them.