Nandini Nair

Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Hollywood, 2006 (Photo: PHIL MCCARTEN/REUTERS)
Padma Purana

What adds spice to the memoirs of Padma Lakshmi, model and celebrity chef whose story stretches from conservative Madras to haute Manhattan, is the portrait of her ex-husband Salman Rushdie, ‘all arched-eyebrows’

16 March 2016
The Crayon Revolution

What is the lure of the adult colouring book? Is it a sign of boredom and loneliness? Does it alleviate stress? Is it a return to childhood? Or is it a symptom of ‘rage against the machine’?

10 March 2016
Vivek Shanbhag: Family Matters

Vivek Shanbhag has written a finely-woven novel which tells of the machinations of work and money, prosperity and globalisation through the story of a family

08 March 2016
The Art of Publishing

Benedikt Taschen has redefined the business of books as an exclusive experience in sensuality and aesthetics. He and his man in India talk to Open as they discover the potential of the Indian market

25 February 2016
Harper Lee (1926-2016): Walking in Another's Shoes

Harper Lee will always be celebrated for her portrayal of childhood and for showing us that most people are nice, when you finally see them

20 February 2016
Get Back Jo

The Pulitzer-winning author finds a new but unstable address in her latest non-fiction work

10 February 2016
Yann Martel: The Bridge of Faith

Yann Martel handles life’s big mysteries with the lightest of touch. Will he finally emerge from the shadow of his blockbuster fiction? The novelist in conversation with Nandini Nair

03 February 2016
Colm Tóibín: “I think people still think that men are more important. I just don’t see that”

Irish author Colm Tóibín is known for his accuracy of detail, whether it is in his descriptions of his walk along the Irish border (Bad Blood) or the emotions of Mary after her son’s crucifixion (The Testament of Mary). He talks to Nandini Nair about the rich solitude that domesticity offers, the genius of Jane Austen and watching his book come alive. Excerpts:

03 February 2016
Margaret Atwood: Time Keeper

Anchored by dystopias, Margaret Atwood’s prescience has often proved uncanny

03 February 2016
JLF 2016: Word at Your Feet

Stars, the star-struck and other delights and diversions at literature’s biggest carnival

27 January 2016


Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is the author of several books, including Doolally Sahib and the Black Zamindar: Racism and Revenge in the British Raj

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is a member of the National Executive of RSS and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape is professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Views are personal.


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