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Author Lucy Ellmann on her first essay collection Things Are Against Us, and envisioning a world led by women
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Author Lucy Ellmann on her first essay collection Things Are Against Us, and envisioning a world led by women

In an interview with Firstpost, Ellmann talks about Virginia Woolf being among her biggest inspirations, why Trump is "one of the biggest failures of all time", and more

Bina Nayak on debut novel Starfish Pickle, and why water is a strong theme in the book
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Bina Nayak on debut novel Starfish Pickle, and why water is a strong theme in the book

In an interview, Nayak talks about a different version of Goa, the world of diving, why raves are like modern-day tribal gatherings, and more.

Book review: Amitav Ghosh's The Nutmeg's Curse lacks rigorous thought
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Book review: Amitav Ghosh's The Nutmeg's Curse lacks rigorous thought

Most of the information Ghosh conveys is generally available to the educated public and his contribution is primarily its assembly.

Book review: Attention Factory tells the story of TikTok and the mysterious art of converting attention into dollars
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Book review: Attention Factory tells the story of TikTok and the mysterious art of converting attention into dollars

Attention Factory manages to tell a story, humanise the company behind TikTok, dispel myths, and decode the power of short videos that changed the world in 2020

Book Review: Diversity Beyond Tokenism makes readers think about tough questions
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Book Review: Diversity Beyond Tokenism makes readers think about tough questions

This book may not be the last word on diversity but it is a good place to start for those who are grappling with some of these questions.

Book Review: Namita Gokhale's The Blind Matriarch is a compassionate exploration of life in lockdown
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Book Review: Namita Gokhale's The Blind Matriarch is a compassionate exploration of life in lockdown

The novel seems to invite us to think about what ‘home’ and ‘family’ mean after having lived through this pandemic.

Book review: Manoranjan Byapari's Imaan explores day-to-day cruelties of the harsh Indian life
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Book review: Manoranjan Byapari's Imaan explores day-to-day cruelties of the harsh Indian life

In Imaan, Byapari returns to his life of struggle and strife, unpeeling what is perhaps the most intimate he has been about his own past yet.

Education as a means of achieving true freedom: Celebrating Paulo Freire’s centenary
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Education as a means of achieving true freedom: Celebrating Paulo Freire’s centenary

To contend with Paulo Freire’s ideas about education, knowledge, the meaning of freedom and classroom dynamics is to re-examine the human condition afresh and seek to commit oneself to the discovery of true freedom.

Book excerpt: In 'Guilt', a woman confronts a horrific incident from her past
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Book excerpt: In 'Guilt', a woman confronts a horrific incident from her past

The stories present a searing vision of the human condition while also brining alive Assam through unforgettable images.

NIF announces Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2021 longlist
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NIF announces Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2021 longlist

The shortlist of six titles will be announced in the last week of October.

Abhirup Dhar probes the paranormal in new book Ghost Hunter Gaurav Tiwari
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Abhirup Dhar probes the paranormal in new book Ghost Hunter Gaurav Tiwari

Dhar tells us about the challenges of approaching such explosive material, Gaurav’s legacy and what he believes about the existence of ghosts.

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih on debut fiction Funeral Nights, a timely exploration of the Khasis
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Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih on debut fiction Funeral Nights, a timely exploration of the Khasis

Nongkynrih gives non-Khasis an extraordinary introduction to a people and culture that little is known about.

Book excerpt: In 'Job', an exploration of what one is willing to exchange for a promising career
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Book excerpt: In 'Job', an exploration of what one is willing to exchange for a promising career

In Video Mariamman and Other Stories, writer Padma Narayanan translates 14 of acclaimed author Imayam's short stories from the Tamil.

In Regrets, None, Dolly Thakore opens up about her life and relationships
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In Regrets, None, Dolly Thakore opens up about her life and relationships

In this book, time periods melt into each other. Events spark off sudden associations. Places become conduits of emotion.

With Tomatoes For Neela, Padma Lakshmi enters world of children's books
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With Tomatoes For Neela, Padma Lakshmi enters world of children's books

The words are brought to life with beautiful artwork by Juana Martinez-Neal, who was awarded a Caldecott Honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name.

Book excerpt: In Life and Death of Sambhaji, a peek into the court of the Maratha ruler and whether he lived up to Shivaji's legacy
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Book excerpt: In Life and Death of Sambhaji, a peek into the court of the Maratha ruler and whether he lived up to Shivaji's legacy

Author Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran's latest novel tells the story of the illustrious Sambhaji, from dealing with the Maratha-Mughal conflict at a young age to becoming Chhatrapati soon after, and more.

The Cult of We Review: Brown and Farrell's definitive documentation of how WeWork thrived and eventually crashed
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The Cult of We Review: Brown and Farrell's definitive documentation of how WeWork thrived and eventually crashed

The larger question the book addresses is: What made a startup which was once valued at close to $96 billion in September 2018 (and was on the precipice of going public) implode so quickly that its valuation was stripped down to $2.9 billion by May 2021?

Book review: In Women Who Wear Only Themselves, an honest exploration of spiritual life through the sacred journeys of four travellers
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Book review: In Women Who Wear Only Themselves, an honest exploration of spiritual life through the sacred journeys of four travellers

The women you will encounter in this book are not four different iterations of the same template. They seek a dissolution of ego, not an extinction of personality.