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An hour with Martin Amis: The celebrated author spoke on legacy, awards, and his latest book at Tata Literature Live
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An hour with Martin Amis: The celebrated author spoke on legacy, awards, and his latest book at Tata Literature Live

‘Life writing’, or writing about real people, is not an easy affair, said Martin Amis, at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest 2020.

Desire and Despoliation: A recent English translation brings Shivani's 1978 novel 'Bhairavi' to new readers
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Desire and Despoliation: A recent English translation brings Shivani's 1978 novel 'Bhairavi' to new readers

Shivani was the pen name under which the writer Gaura Pant wrote from the 1960s to the 1990s, her fiction often first appearing in serialised form in Hindi magazines. Bhairavi was her fourth novel, published in instalments in Saptahik Hindustan and then as a book in 1978.

Tata Literature Live! 2020 announces Javed Akhtar as Poet Laureate: 'All art tries to bring your heart in the right place'
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Tata Literature Live! 2020 announces Javed Akhtar as Poet Laureate: 'All art tries to bring your heart in the right place'

The virtual presentation also included a citation by Ashutosh Gowariker, reading of Akhtar's poems where he was accompanied by Tisca Chopra, and a conversation with Anil Dharker.

Friday Night Frights: Red, Shiny, and Ripe | A short story
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Friday Night Frights: Red, Shiny, and Ripe | A short story

No tomatoes were harmed in the retelling of this story.

Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart wins coveted award for Shuggie Bain, debut novel set in 1980s Glasgow
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Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart wins coveted award for Shuggie Bain, debut novel set in 1980s Glasgow

Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain was chosen from a shortlist of six books, by a jury comprising Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, Emily Wilson, and Lemn Sissay, with Margaret Busby as chair.

Man Booker-winner Howard Jacobson on being born old, gloomy, and writing to make women laugh
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Man Booker-winner Howard Jacobson on being born old, gloomy, and writing to make women laugh

At the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest, Howard Jacobson also talks about being "anxious" on finding that people do not laugh at what was considered funny 30, 10 or even five years ago, and that this censorship comes at the cost of creators' vivacity.

Ramachandra Guha talks new book The Commonwealth of Cricket, his love for the sport, and its complex politics
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Ramachandra Guha talks new book The Commonwealth of Cricket, his love for the sport, and its complex politics

The historian also recounts his brief stint as an administrator at the BCCI, where his resignation within six months of his appointment ruffled a few feathers in the cricketing fraternity.

Quentin Tarantino turns writer with novelisation of Once Upon a Time, and non-fiction book Cinema Speculation
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Quentin Tarantino turns writer with novelisation of Once Upon a Time, and non-fiction book Cinema Speculation

The Once Upon a Time In Hollywood novel is Tarantino's contribution to the movie-novelisation sub-genre, and Cinema Speculation will include essays, reviews, personal writing, and more.

10 things about... Ian McEwan: The Booker Prize-winning author on how he writes
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10 things about... Ian McEwan: The Booker Prize-winning author on how he writes

'I only feel as good as the last page I've written,' says Ian McEwan at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest.

How Satyajit Ray prepared Soumitra Chatterjee for his debut in Apur Sansar: Read an excerpt from 'The Master and I'
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How Satyajit Ray prepared Soumitra Chatterjee for his debut in Apur Sansar: Read an excerpt from 'The Master and I'

Soumitra Chatterjee wrote in his memoir, 'Most people in the country are under the impression that Satyajit Ray was such a formidable film-director that he dominated everyone when a film was being shot. I can aver that in my case, at least, it was just the opposite.'

Anil Dharker writes on staging Tata Literature Live virtually in COVID-19 era: 'Where there’s a will, there’s a litfest'
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Anil Dharker writes on staging Tata Literature Live virtually in COVID-19 era: 'Where there’s a will, there’s a litfest'

A literary festival is, above all, a gathering of people; where lovers of books and writers of books get together. How on earth, at least in this coronavirus infected world, could that happen?

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reads from Forest of Enchantments for Diwali: Ram's return to Ayodhya through Sita's eyes
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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.

As TN uni drops 'Walking with the Comrades' on ABVP plaint, why Arundhati Roy's 2011 book is a must-read
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As TN uni drops 'Walking with the Comrades' on ABVP plaint, why Arundhati Roy's 2011 book is a must-read

In Walking with the Comrades, Arundhati Roy blends reportage with her signature polemic style to indict the Indian state for crimes against some of its most vulnerable citizens, the adivasis living in the forests of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and so on.

Debashree Mukherjee's Bombay Hustle is a rigorous, empathetic study of the making of the film industry in colonial India
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Debashree Mukherjee's Bombay Hustle is a rigorous, empathetic study of the making of the film industry in colonial India

The history of Indian filmmaking, particularly in and around the Bombay film industry, is deeply intertwined with the history and making of modern India. Film historian and media theorist Debashree Mukherjee's 'Bombay Hustle' is an ambitious history of Indian cinema as a history of material practice.

Tata Literature Live 2020: Awards shortlist features Girl Made of Gold, The Anarchy
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Tata Literature Live 2020: Awards shortlist features Girl Made of Gold, The Anarchy

Ruth Vanita's Memory of Light, TM Krishna's Sebastian & Sons are among the titles competing at the awards at Tata Literature Live! 2020.

Shashi Tharoor explores idea of nation in new book; says 'Hindutva's ethno-religious nationalism will deny India to many Indians'
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Shashi Tharoor explores idea of nation in new book; says 'Hindutva's ethno-religious nationalism will deny India to many Indians'

Are some Indians more Indian than others? Dr Shashi Tharoor examines the ideas of nationalism, patriotism, and what it means to be Indian in 'The Battle of Belonging'.