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From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a look at queer Black Buddhist perspectives on spiritual practice in contemporary texts
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From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a look at queer Black Buddhist perspectives on spiritual practice in contemporary texts

Several queer Black Buddhist authors have showed me how spiritual practice can be a liberating force in the face of challenges as huge as racism, sexism and queerphobia.

In The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun critiques capitalism's ability to monetise everything — even calamity and trauma
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In The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun critiques capitalism's ability to monetise everything — even calamity and trauma

The Disaster Tourist challenges the reader to evaluate our curiosity about traumatised communities and landscapes that appear exciting for their unpredictability and history of ruin.

Revisiting a ground report from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh: What it means to live in a city of dissent and under siege
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Revisiting a ground report from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh: What it means to live in a city of dissent and under siege

This essay is as much about the making of the iconic protest site of Shaheen Bagh as about emergent forms of life, publics and place-making in a city, and a nation, being reconfigured by the normalisation of barricades.

Wild tales: In new book, Janaki Lenin explores fascinating animal behaviour through a scientific lens
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Wild tales: In new book, Janaki Lenin explores fascinating animal behaviour through a scientific lens

Janaki Lenin's book Every Creature Has a Story is a compilation of 50 essays on various unique behavioural patterns observed and documented by wildlife scientists across the globe.

Dhruba Hazarika’s Luck offers moving look at human-animal relations, and a counter to ideas of man as 'civilised'
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Dhruba Hazarika’s Luck offers moving look at human-animal relations, and a counter to ideas of man as 'civilised'

There’s an old-school charm in Hazarika’s writing that is strengthened by an emotional pacing that keeps the reader engaged.

In Boys from Good Families, writer Usha KR's obsessive eye for detail undermines larger social themes
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In Boys from Good Families, writer Usha KR's obsessive eye for detail undermines larger social themes

In Boys from Good Families, Usha KR’s verbosity wrestles uncomfortably with her social and moral messaging, proving to be counterproductive in establishing the larger picture that often goes amiss.

Kritika Pandey wins 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize; discusses writing, language and her craft with Firstpost
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Kritika Pandey wins 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize; discusses writing, language and her craft with Firstpost

2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner Kritika Pandey on her relationship with writing, and the role of fiction in a world divided by hate.

From Zadie Smith to Kevin Kwan, 2020 has exciting new titles by bestselling international authors lined up
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From Zadie Smith to Kevin Kwan, 2020 has exciting new titles by bestselling international authors lined up

With a slew of bestselling international authors announcing new titles for late 2020 or the first half of 2021, there will at least be a few good books to keep us company in our socially distanced lives.

In reading Friends Under the Summer Sun, envisioning queerness as an experience of unabashed joy
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In reading Friends Under the Summer Sun, envisioning queerness as an experience of unabashed joy

The plot of Friends Under the Summer Sun revolves around a heartwarming encounter between a child named Nimmi and her neighbour Shri who likes to be addressed as Akka.

George RR Martin updates fans on upcoming Game of Thrones book; says he has made 'steady progress' writing Winds of Winter during lockdown
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George RR Martin updates fans on upcoming Game of Thrones book; says he has made 'steady progress' writing Winds of Winter during lockdown

The epic fantasy book series, which served as the basis for HBO's multiple award winning show Game of Thrones, awaits the final two books – The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring – that the author had announced long back but has not yet penned.

Noted Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, known for 2011 best-selling thriller The Shadow of the Wind, passes away aged 55
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Noted Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, known for 2011 best-selling thriller The Shadow of the Wind, passes away aged 55

The Spanish publisher, Planeta, said in a news release on 19 June that Carlos Ruiz Zafón died in Los Angeles. It gave no cause of death, but Zafón was known to have cancer.

In Tilottoma Misra’s High Wind, inter-community relations in North East are explored through intimacy of fiction
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In Tilottoma Misra’s High Wind, inter-community relations in North East are explored through intimacy of fiction

In an interview with Firstpost, High Wind author Tilottoma Misra and translator Udayon Misra talk about the shrinking space for inclusive politics in the North East and the role of books such as this one in challenging those beliefs.