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The Friday List: From literature festivals to a walk through Kolkata's lanes, your weekly calendar of virtual events
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The Friday List: From literature festivals to a walk through Kolkata's lanes, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

Books for the coronavirus outbreak: Leading Indian writers share their reading lists for a lockdown
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Books for the coronavirus outbreak: Leading Indian writers share their reading lists for a lockdown

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.

Indian writers who defined the decade, from Siddhartha Mukherjee to Sujatha Gidla, Perumal Murugan
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Indian writers who defined the decade, from Siddhartha Mukherjee to Sujatha Gidla, Perumal Murugan

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'
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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

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival: 2019 edition to feature Andrew Sean Greer, Upamanyu Chatterjee
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Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival: 2019 edition to feature Andrew Sean Greer, Upamanyu Chatterjee

The tenth edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival will have Ramachandra Guha, Naseeruddin Shah and others discussing subjects like Gandhi, love and Shakespeare

On Diwali, understanding the nature of wealth through the mythology connected with goddess Lakshmi
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On Diwali, understanding the nature of wealth through the mythology connected with goddess Lakshmi

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
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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
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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
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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
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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"

The problem with Devdutt Pattanaik's approach to mythology, with self-improvement as the agenda
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The problem with Devdutt Pattanaik's approach to mythology, with self-improvement as the agenda

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: Similarities between Greek and Hindu mythology are superficial
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Devdutt Pattanaik: Similarities between Greek and Hindu mythology are superficial

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

Not in 'Independence Day: Resurgence', aliens in India 'landed' a long time ago
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Not in 'Independence Day: Resurgence', aliens in India 'landed' a long time ago

From scanning the Vedas for allusions of extraterrestrials to modern-day religions that worship them -- Indians have a long and curious connection with aliens

Let Lord Ram be, building him a museum is demotion of sorts
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Let Lord Ram be, building him a museum is demotion of sorts

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.”

Q&A: Devdutt Pattanaik on the dangers of a world that does not value imagination
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Q&A: Devdutt Pattanaik on the dangers of a world that does not value imagination

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.

No queerness please, we are Indian: Devdutt Pattanaik on the stories they don't tell us
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No queerness please, we are Indian: Devdutt Pattanaik on the stories they don't tell us

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.

He might be cute but he's still God: The challenges of being Ganesha
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He might be cute but he's still God: The challenges of being Ganesha

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.

From Salman Rushdie to Chetan Bhagat: The navratna of new Indian storytelling
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From Salman Rushdie to Chetan Bhagat: The navratna of new Indian storytelling

Who would form the navratna of storytelling in the new India? From Salman Rushie to Chetan Bhagat, here's our list.