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On being an Indian: Ruskin Bond

In his essay, "On being an Indian", Ruskin Bond explains his Indian identity, "Race did not make me one. Religion did not make me one. But history did. And in the long ru...

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On Manto’s 108th birth anniversary

“The more I sit thinking of Manto’s genius, I recall  my  meeting his grandnephew Abid Hasan Minto, in  New Delhi”, writes Humra  Quraish...

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Master Class with Shunali Khullar Shroff

Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories, and Shunali Khullar Shroff are teaming up to host a Master Class in writing. Hosted on Watt...

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Witchy Brew

In common usage, the word chudail describes an aggressive or quarrelsome woman—could be said to be the Indian equivalent of bitch.  But the origins of the chudail (...

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Fighting Time & Tide

A Better Man is the fifteenth book in the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny, readable as much for the setting of the novels, as for the crimes committed and solved. Three...

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Suspense Is The Key

Alfred Hitchcock made Frederick Knott’s stage play Dial M For Murder immortal by making a film based on it (in 1954).  Vijay Kenkre has directed a Marathi version c...

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Sisters Under The Skin

Jennifer Weiner’s sprawling novel, Mrs Everything, captures an era in American life, through the criss-crossing lives of two Jewish sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman. Grow...

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Murder, He Said

The Gujarati play Shaatir, starring Tiku Talsania in a role quite different from the comic roles he is known for, has been running successfully. It has been directed by Manges...

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Wild Child

Where the Crawdads Sing, the debut novel by Delia Owens, a wildlife scientist, has been on the bestseller lists for over a year. Reportedly, Reese Witherspoon, who has champio...

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Shock And Aargh

This is the kind of thing that one could imagine happening in Mumbai.  A woman returns from a holiday to find strangers moving into her house. In Louise Candlish’s ...

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A Faust for Bangladesh

Farrukh Dhondy at his best as he recounts the attempt he once made to adapt Goethe&rsquo...

December 2 2021

All about Eve: A History of the Hindi Film Heroine

All about Eve: A History of the Hindi Film HeroineThe more things change, the more they ...

December 1 2021

Memories of an advertising man…

In this fascinating first-person-account, Monojit Lahiri, known for his Bollywood-driven...

November 30 2021