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Book review of Raghu Rai’s A God In Exile: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama | books | reviews

Book review of Raghu Rai’s A God In Exile: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama | books | reviews

It was in 1975 that photographer Raghu Rai first met Buddhist spiritual leader The Dalai Lama in Ladakh. Rai was then with The Statesman newspaper. During the first encounter, Rai remembers, The Dalai Lama was gentle, wonderful and at ease. Since then, and after a gap of a decade, there ...

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HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week | books | ht picks

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week | books | ht picks

TIFFIN BY SONAL VED 489pp, Rs1995; Roli Books From Patiala Papad ki Sabzi to Kerala Chicken Fry and from the sumptuous Mizo Dal to Bajre ka Soyta, Indian regional cuisine offers an incredible variety. A country that has vast coastline and hosts six major climatic subtypes, it is no wonder India is home ...

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His Paper Chase

His Paper Chase

Scent Of A Story: A Newspaperman’s Journey By Shankar Ghosh HarperCollins | Pages: 224 | Rs. 399 Shankar Ghosh has chosen a rather interesting technique for his father’s biography—he has written it as a first-person memoir in his father’s words, as he writes in the preface. His father was newspaperman ...

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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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