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Tags like feminist pigeonhole a writer’s identity: Eating Wasps author Anita Nair | books | author interview

Tags like feminist pigeonhole a writer’s identity: Eating Wasps author Anita Nair | books | author interview

One cannot feel anxious in the company of Anita Nair. One cannot read out questions either, that one has written down, out of lack of adequate familiarity with her fresh literary voice. They arrive on your lips of their own accord, ready to deal with the wasps, ready to bite ...

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A Flipper That Turned Square

A Flipper That Turned Square

No Spin: My Autobiography By Shane Warne Ebury Press | Pages: 411 | Rs. 699 Autobiography is seldom as interesting as biography, and the reason is simple. Life stories told from within do not join the dots to reveal character as definitively as those told by someone with the benefit ...

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I am your writer next-door: Sudha Murthy | books

I am your writer next-door: Sudha Murthy | books

Award winning author and Padma Shri, Sudha Murthy’s latest book, The Upside Down King, is a collection of stories of Ram and Krishna — two most popular avatars of Vishnu. This is the third book in her series of books that focus on the untold stories in Indian mythology, the ...

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One book explains the rise of globalisation: It’s all in the box | books

One book explains the rise of globalisation: It’s all in the box | books

At the top of my most interesting reads this year was Marc Levinson’s “The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger,” the second edition of which was published in 2016. The book tells the story of container shipping, which revolutionized international trade over ...

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‘Haunted by the violence I experienced’

‘Haunted by the violence I experienced’

Many years ago, an Indian publication wrote in the context of the Nehru-Gandhi family: “Dynasties die nasty”, alluding to the fact that two generations of the family had met with a violent end. But it could have been said about the equally famous Bhutto clan in Pakistan as well. For ...

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Partition trauma and social identity

Partition trauma and social identity

THE book under review is a welcome contribution to the study of the psychological impact of the partition of India. It lays on the table the reorganisation of medical and psychiatric services on account of Partition and the resultant neglect of the psychological dimensions of Partition in symptomatology and in ...

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Smoke – Frontline

Smoke - Frontline

The talk caught fire very slowly but soon enough its smoke had filled the entire qasba. The chaudhry had died at four in the morning. By seven, when his wife, the chaudhrain, had collected herself after a prolonged bout of crying, the first thing she did was to send for ...

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Cauvery chronicles – Frontline

Cauvery chronicles - Frontline

What a river bequeaths to the world and the human race was summed up pithily around 440 B.C. by Herodotus, often called “the father of historical studies”, when he said that “Egypt is the gift of the Nile”. The apperception and its effect have lasted for over 2,500 years and ...

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GLOW, Netflix’s retro wrestling comedy show’s comic book to launch in March | books

GLOW, Netflix’s retro wrestling comedy show’s comic book to launch in March | books

Netflix’s retro wrestling comedy GLOW is set to have its own comic book series which will come out in March next year. IDW Publishing on Monday announced a four-issue comic book series based on the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The comic book will offer an original story spinning ...

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Change is in the air, on air

Change is in the air, on air

It is commonplace for Indian parliamentary television channels to broadcast unparliamentary protest. (Express photo by Jaipal Singh/Representational photo) Paradoxically, there is nothing like a reversal of fortunes to calm the nerves and, as Congreve put it, to “soothe the savage breast”. Just weeks after BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra was pushing ...

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