Month: January 2019

Questioning Paradigms, Constructing Histories: A Festschrift for Romila Thapar

Editor | Non-fiction During the course of a long and distinguished career, historian and public intellectual, Romila Thapar has produced a unique body of work. Her original and path-breaking commentaries and essays on ancient Indian history, along with her incisive writings on culture, society, archaeology, philosophy, classical literature and education have inspired a growing number

Straight To Normal, the autobiography of a gay man

Editor | Non-fiction God is the reason why I am who I am. Nature is the reason why I am who I am. I don’t want to die because of who I am.’ As a fifteen-year-old, Sharif D. Rangnekar could not fathom why he felt aroused watching men dance in a Jermaine Jackson music video.

Murakami to celebrate his 70 birthday with Birthday Girl

Editor | Fiction After Killing Commendatore, here is some exciting news for Murakami fans. Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Haruki Murakami’s 70th birthday. She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on

I Have Become The Tide holds a mirror to contemporary India

Editor | Fiction Githa Hariharan’s latest novel, I Have Become the Tide  (Simon & Schuster India, Rs 499)) is an urgent, wonderfully crafted novel where political, historical and contemporary realities jostle with each other to come to an understanding of the India we live in today, with its unjust caste and religious underpinnings. Three separate

Living Hell brings alive Bombay underworld

Editor | Pulp fiction All Nadeem Sayed Khatib, aka Nadeem Chipkali, wants to do is stay in his apartment all day, watch some TV and ignore his mounting worries. He is not in the best shape, cash-wise and otherwise, but let’s be honest, people seriously have it out for him. Sometimes, dangerous people. Things change

After 50 Shades of Grey, EL James comes up with The Mister

By A Correspondent E L James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey series has broken sales records for contemporary adult publishing (150 million copies sold worldwide), has written a new novel, The Mister, which will be published worldwide on 16 April, 2019. Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone, has acquired UK and Commonwealth Rights, (exc. Canada)

Embrace The Stress Solution

Editor | Wellness It’s thought that between 70 and 90% of GP consultations are related to stress. This has to change. Dr Rangan Chatterjee knows this better than anyone. As a practising GP he’s seen first-hand how stress affects his patients and has found simple but effective methods to help them. Now he’s on a

#Essential Books | The Parrot and the Merchant, an ancient fable retold

Editor | Children’s Fiction Parrot and the Merchant is an ancient fable by Rumi, retold for the modern reader with exquisitely patterned illustrations by acclaimed Iranian artist Marjan Vafaian. A touching exploration of love and freedom. Mah Jahan, a rich merchant woman, collects birds in cages. But when she brings back a gift for one

Kundu’s Cut to be staged at National School of Drama

By A Correspondent New Delhi: Bestselling author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu’s latest novel CUT has been chosen this year as the final year performance text at the National School of Drama to be performed as a series of shows, commencing on January 25 at 6.30 pm. CUT will be directed by acclaimed theatre director Abhilash Pillai.