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The Wonderful, Whoopsy Whiffling World of Roald Dahl | books

The Wonderful, Whoopsy Whiffling World of Roald Dahl | books

From a battered armchair in a hut tucked away in the English countryside, author Roald Dahl dreamed up worlds that have enchanted youngsters across the globe. Stuffed with hundreds of weird and wonderful mementos, the garden hut was where the children’s novelist wrote his fantastical tales for 36 years. A ...

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‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns wins Man Booker Prize 2018 | books

‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns wins Man Booker Prize 2018 | books

‘Milkman’ by writer Anna Burns scooped the 2018 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, with the Northern Irish writer winning the literary award for her third full-length novel. Set in an unnamed city during the bloody “Troubles” of Northern Ireland, the ‘Milkman’ tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl’s affair ...

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Author interview: Anthony Horowitz presents a Bond who’s on the cusp of becoming 007 | books | author interview

Author interview: Anthony Horowitz presents a Bond who’s on the cusp of becoming 007 | books | author interview

About four-fifths of the way into his novel, Forever and a Day, author Anthony Horowitz takes a little dig at the world’s most famous spy — as seen in the movies. James Bond, newly minted Agent 007, has been captured by the villains and given a shot of heroin. As ...

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Doormats are rarely valued: Reham Khan | books

Doormats are rarely valued: Reham Khan | books

British-Pakistani writer Reham Khan recently made waves for her autobiography outlining her twin troubled marriages, one of them to former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, now that country’s prime minister. The book put her on the hit list of trolls and invited death threats, besides being called “vile” and “scandalous” with ...

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Lost and found: The art of letter writing | Natwar Singh

Lost and found: The art of letter writing | Natwar Singh

Your style is sharp and precise and your review is not only a review but a lovely vignette, writes R. K. Narayan of Malgudi Days, about former MP, diplomat and prolific writer K. Natwar Singh. But the latest book by “Natji” as Narayan fondly calls him, does not display that kind ...

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Excerpt: Mappillai is a witty, personal tale of an Italian son-in-law and a look at contemporary India | books | excerpts

Excerpt: Mappillai is a witty, personal tale of an Italian son-in-law and a look at contemporary India | books | excerpts

I immediately emailed her: ‘I’m the guy you forgot having met.’ I offered to welcome her at the airport, but I only had my motorcycle. We agreed to meet the day after, so I could reciprocate her hospitality in India. We decided to meet in front of the Pantheon. What ...

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Review: Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif | books | reviews

Review: Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif | books | reviews

304pp, Rs 599; Bloomsbury I want to have whatever he is having. Ever since A Case of Exploding Mangoes turned our eyeballs inside out (in 2008) with its ridiculously excitable satire, Mohammed Hanif has risen out of the subcontinent like a giant. A colossus of a writer who makes you ...

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Review: Bastar Dispatches by Narendra | books | reviews

Review: Bastar Dispatches by Narendra | books | reviews

Rs 499, 262pp In the middle of this book on the tribes of Abujhmad in the forests of Chhattisgarh, the author reflects on the silences of the jungle. Over his 34 years of studying the region, he has almost become like the people he is studying. Knowing the life-worlds of ...

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Eating Wasps: In her new book, Anita Nair delves into the female psyche | anita nair | eating wasps

Eating Wasps: In her new book, Anita Nair delves into the female psyche | anita nair | eating wasps

Anita Nair’s latest novel, Eating Wasps, is about women—all kinds of them—and how they go through that four-letter word called ‘life’. There are broken women just as there are plucky ones. There are women who may have buckled under pressure at some point in their lives, but who now know better. ...

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Book review of The Idol Thief: Spirited Away

Book review of The Idol Thief: Spirited Away

Written by Nayanjot Lahiri | Updated: October 13, 2018 10:30:53 am The Idol Thief: The True Story of the Looting of India’s Temples; S Vijay Kumar; Juggernaut;  248 pages; Rs 499 Some 200 years ago, a Brahman asked this of a British Baptist missionary: ‘How is it that your countrymen ...

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