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‘I don’t long for roots’

‘I don’t long for roots’

He defies definition. Born in Karachi, educated partly in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), he spent his summers in Indore, yet stayed with his mother in Karachi before going to London for further studies. He opted to settle in London, but calls Karachi his home. Never mind that the last time he went ...

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His music, his life – Frontline

His music, his life - Frontline

During my high school days, HMV House was a favourite haunt. Thanks to informed managers who ran the music store, one always returned with more than what one had gone looking for. On one such expedition, the discovery of two priceless gems—Nikhil Banerjee’s rendition of Raag Megh and Ustad Vilayat ...

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Several whitey sons-in-law and daughters-in-law live in India: Carlo Pizzati | books | author interview

Several whitey sons-in-law and daughters-in-law live in India: Carlo Pizzati | books | author interview

It’s a familiar story, yet quite out of the ordinary. It’s a tale of exploration, and a love story. In the December of 2008, Italian writer-journalist Carlo Pizzati turned up on Indian shores, until then, as he understood, to ‘put a pin on the map’ (and meet an acquaintance). Fate ...

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Living on the shelf: A writer reacts to Marie Kondo’s advice on how to trim one’s personal collection of books | opinion

Living on the shelf: A writer reacts to Marie Kondo’s advice on how to trim one’s personal collection of books | opinion

The storm trickled through even into my relatively Twitter-free existence. Lifestyle guru, Marie Kondo, claiming we ideally ought not to stow more than 30 books in our homes. “Ideally shut up,” tweeted one of many enraged bibliophiles. I was late to the “let’s throw out Kondo’s book” party. To begin ...

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A story of self determination

THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE Native America From 1890 to the Present David Treuer Riverhead Books 512 pages; $28 Over the past 12 months, Native American politicians, artists and academics have made uncommon gains. ...

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Manisha Koirala: I could have gone into a shell | more lifestyle

Manisha Koirala: I could have gone into a shell | more lifestyle

Just the thought of visiting Delhi makes actor Manisha Koirala smile. And why not, for it was this city where she did her schooling. “We used to live in Mandi House, and have a lot of memories of Delhi,” says Koirala who hopes that people in the Capital read her ...

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Review: There’s Gunpowder In The Air by Manoranjan Byapari | books | reviews

Review: There’s Gunpowder In The Air by Manoranjan Byapari | books | reviews

172pp, Rs 499; Westland My first meeting with Manoranjan Byapari was by accident, on the sidelines of a meeting convened in Kolkata five years ago. Byapari’s fiery tongue was sheathed in an affable personality and I only realised he was the writer everyone was talking about when he handed me ...

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Review: Dark Circles by Udayan Mukherjee | books | reviews

Review: Dark Circles by Udayan Mukherjee | books | reviews

215pp, Rs 499; Bloomsbury Former managing editor with CNBC turned entrepreneur-writer Udayan Mukherjee forays into uncharted territory, fiction writing, with Dark Circles, a story of failed relationships, dreams gone sour, and lives condemned to doom. “Today, my forest is dark. The trees are sad and all the butterflies have broken ...

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Bhupen Hazarika: Everything I Never Told You

Bhupen Hazarika: Everything I Never Told You

Some stunning illustrations by Lajmi’s artist mother Lalitha Lajmi have been laid out in this book. Bhupen Hazarika: As I Knew HimKalpana LajmiHarper Collins256 pagesRs. 499 Separating art from the artist has been a subject of debate across the world. Once aware of that tussle, reading a memoir almost always leaves ...

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Review: Shillong Times by Nilanjan P Choudhury | books | reviews

Review: Shillong Times by Nilanjan P Choudhury | books | reviews

248pp, Rs 350; Speaking Tiger Reading the first few pages of Nilanjan Choudhury’s Shillong Times was like a punch to the gut, bringing back memories of the xenophobia and pogroms that afflicted Shillong through much of the 1980s and the early part of the following decade. The author begins his ...

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