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.
A Death in the Himalayas review: Udayan Mukherjee ably juggles local and racial politics in sophomore novel
Former journalist and television anchor Udayan Mukherjee’s second novel, A Death in the Himalayas, ably flexes its farms by juggling native and racial politics in the fictional hill village of Birtola.
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar on The Radiance of a Thousand Suns, her feminist exploration of 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom
On the 35th anniversary of the carnage that changed India forever, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar spoke with Firstpost about her book based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, The Radiance of a Thousand Suns, the women of the narrative, and why the story is theirs to tell.
The Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2019 shortlist features works demonstrating the power of free speech in the country.
Animalia Indica: Sumana Roy curates stories that uphold bygone animal-human bond, dazzle with illustrations
Animalia Indica: The Finest Animal Stories in Indian Literature, edited by Sumana Roy, is a collection of 21 stories from different parts of the subcontinent, "written in the last one hundred years or so". Most of these stories focus on human-animal interactions, though there are a few devoted solely to the animal world as well.
Shubha Mudgal on her debut work of fiction, Looking for Miss Sargam, and the real-life inspirations behind it
Shubha Mudgal's debut work of fiction — Looking for Miss Sargam: Stories of Music and Misadventure, a collection of short stories, steers clear of stereotypes and happy endings, and are instead, realistic accounts of classical musicians of our times.
Children’s literature in India undergoes revolution as publishers experiment with regional languages, genres
Children's literature in India has had a long presence, but with liberalisation in the early '90s, a shift occurred. The idea that children should read for pleasure wasn't recognised till parents had more money to spend on books. But publishers and educators are now willing to spend more on children's literature in Indian languages, driving up its demand with each passing day.
Amitav Ghosh says Jnanpith award recognises 'trust, affection that arises between writers and readers' communities'
We are living in a time when writers are increasingly beleaguered, embattled and marginalized. Around the world, everywhere we look, there is a closing of minds, a narrowing of horizons, and a palpable fear of the future, says Amitav Ghosh.