As a diverse array of virtual cultural and educational resources has been made available to a populace leading enforced indoor lives during the coronavirus outbreak, books offer an engaging and absorbing diversion.
Through conversations with columnists, critics and authors, collated here is a list of Indian writers across several languages who created insightful literature, and delightful reading through the 2010s.
Devdutt Pattanaik on his new book Faith: 'Myths are a necessary part of the human condition, not just ancient times'
In his latest book Faith, Devdutt Pattanaik attempts to meticulously explain the various aspects of Hinduism that might baffle the modern practitioner, even the most seemingly irrelevant ones
The tenth edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival will have Ramachandra Guha, Naseeruddin Shah and others discussing subjects like Gandhi, love and Shakespeare
As the goddess associated with the perhaps the biggest Indian festival — Diwali — this seems a timely moment to deepen our understanding of Lakshmi, and all that she represents.
SC ruling on Section 377 has removed legal barriers, now emotional ones must be tackled: Devdutt Pattanaik
We are not a conventional, fundamentalist state that frowns on pleasure and private acts of intimacy, says Devdutt Pattanaik
As Supreme Court scraps Section 377, a look at how ideas of karmic faiths can affirm the dignity of queer people
Amid the SC ruling on Sec 377, Devdutt Pattanaik’s book on how Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism affirm the dignity of queer individuals makes for a timely read
With Padmavat, Malik Muhammad Jayasi transcended the limits of his time, says writer Purushottam Agarwal
Purushottam Agarwal discusses the contemporary relevance, historical accuracy of Padmavat and how Sanjay Leela Bhansali's interpretation differs from his.
Devdutt Pattanaik narrates Krishna's story in his latest work, Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of the Bhagavata
In Shyam, Devdutt Pattanaik narrates Krishna's "descent to the butter-smeared world of happy women and his ascent from the blood-soaked world of angry men"
Hindu belief is a particularly contentious topic today, but Devdutt Pattanaik has navigated his way skilfully through this minefield, annoying neither the liberal Left, nor the hot-headed Right | #FirstCulture
Devdutt Pattanaik’s new book, Olympus — an Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths, neatly and with somewhat unpronounceable names, turns the tables on the usual re-tellings, by giving us a beloved foreign mythology in his trademark style
From scanning the Vedas for allusions of extraterrestrials to modern-day religions that worship them -- Indians have a long and curious connection with aliens
The government has announced a state-of-the-art hi-tech Ram museum in Ayodhya. Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma sounds rather smug as he tells ET, “Tourism we can develop. We are not saying we are going to make a Ram mandir there.”
Devdutt Pattanaik says what we miss in the rush to prove the historicity of myths or debunk them is the enduring power of human imagination. The obsession becomes about proving something scientifically in order to prove its superiority.
Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explores the stories that fall into the cracks between traditional notions of masculinity and femininity and discovers a treasure-trove of queerness in Hindu lore.
No religion has a god as child-friendly as Lord Ganesha. Animal heads on divine beings is not quite unknown in other religions. The Egyptians had several but let’s face it when it comes to terms of endearment, jackals and falcons just cannot compare to an elephant.
Who would form the navratna of storytelling in the new India? From Salman Rushie to Chetan Bhagat, here's our list.
ICHR chief Y Sudershan Rao wants to accurately date the sacred texts. The Marxist historians debate this hindutva version of history. In the middle of this debate, social sciences tend to be the biggest loser.
In our strictly gender coded hierarchy of political insults calling a male politician a woman is a slap in the face. But calling him a napunsak is way below the belt. Salman Khurshid was following in a hoary political tradition here.