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Writer Haruki Murakami plans archive at Japanese university | books

Writer Haruki Murakami plans archive at Japanese university | books

Haruki Murakami is planning an archive at his Japanese alma mater that will include drafts of his best-selling novels, his translation work and his massive collection of music, a personal passion that has been a key part of his stories. “I’m more than happy if those materials can contribute in ...

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Kamila Shamsie: Home Fire is very much a book about London, and if I had stayed in Karachi I simply wouldn’t have written it | books

Kamila Shamsie: Home Fire is very much a book about London, and if I had stayed in Karachi I simply wouldn’t have written it | books

Kamila Shamsie is a confident voice in the landscape of writing. Her works, In the City by the Sea, Salt and Saffron, Kartography, Broken Verses, Offence: the Muslim case, Burnt Shadows and A God in Every Stone touch up the politics of identity, cultural adaptability, migration, loss, desire and all ...

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Calling out Contradictions | Shashi Tharoor

Calling out Contradictions | Shashi Tharoor

Early on in his new book, Shashi Tharoor refers to the episode of psychologist Ashis Nandy diagnosing Narendra Modi as a fascist. He notes, with some relief, that Modi has not conducted himself in office as Nandy would have feared, but says the ruler “has allowed free rein to retrograde ...

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Mansi Gulati’s book ‘Yoga And Mindfulness’ launched by VP Venkaiah Naidu | books

Mansi Gulati’s book ‘Yoga And Mindfulness’ launched by VP Venkaiah Naidu | books

Famous yoga exponent and author, Mansi Gulati launched her book, ‘Yoga and Mindfulness’ yesterday. The book was launched by the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu amidst the presence of Member of Parliament from the Rajya Sabha, Dr. Sonal Mansingh and Member of Parliament from the Lok Sabha Manoj ...

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Review: The Twice-Born; Life and Death on the Ganges by Aatish Taseer | books | reviews

Review: The Twice-Born; Life and Death on the Ganges by Aatish Taseer | books | reviews

242pp, Rs 599; HarperCollins A woman has come to end her days at the House of Death in Benaras. “The woman’s son, a sixty-five-year-old science teacher from Bihar, sat by her side, reading to her from Tulsidas’s poem. The old woman’s hearing was gone, and the reading, like the small ...

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Review: Smart; The Digital Century by Frederic Martel | books | reviews

Review: Smart; The Digital Century by Frederic Martel | books | reviews

432pp, Rs 599; Harper Collins One big-picture realization that dawns upon the reader after reading Smart: The Digital Century by Frederic Martel is that national boundaries are not going to become irrelevant anytime soon. There are many benefits from everyone having access to smartphones and the author goes to great ...

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Things Fall Apart | The Indian Express

Things Fall Apart | The Indian Express

Updated: November 3, 2018 1:13:12 am Han Yujoo’s writing (translated by Janet Hong) is too experimental to suit an average reader’s taste. (Written by Anshika Ravi) Title-The Impossible Fairy TaleAuthor-Han Yujoo (Translated by Janet Hong)Publisher-Speaking TigerPages– 224Price– Rs 399 To call The Impossible Fairy Tale a fairy tale is tantamount to ...

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Sips From Biblio Grail

Sips From Biblio Grail

The Idea of India (1997)Sunil Khilnani About two decades ago, a young Cambridge historian embarked upon an ambitious project—to tell the world what India means. For all that, Khilnani’s The Idea of India was a slim volume. But the ideas discus­sed—why India didn’t balkanise after Inde­pendence, Nehru’s vision of a ...

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Hidden gems | Book review

Hidden gems | Book review

Gulab Kothari’s book on jewellery is full of stories about everything from the rituals and superstitions associated with ornaments to the scientific principles behind wearing them. It traverses the terrain of ayurveda, astrology, mythology, religion, acupuncture and medicine, while explaining the characteristics and properties of gemstones, metals and various kinds ...

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Feminist fiction | Book review

Feminist fiction | Book review

When national award-winning documentary filmmaker Trisha Das, sister of stand-up comedian Vir Das, visited Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh, she was overwhelmed by the cultural diversity of the region, and the level of caste and gender-based stratification that existed there. “I wanted to shoot in the homes of some of the ...

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