The True India Book

Hartosh Singh Bal

Non-fiction in the country comes of age with Aman Sethi’s book about life on the margins of society

Why Litfests Matter

They may be a dime a dozen these days. But writers can benefit immensely from these interactions

Sea of Information

On reading the second part of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy, it’s evident that there is such a thing as too much research

That Prodigious Proclivity for Trickery

The heat and dust are factors, of course. But it’s also our penchant for scheming that makes us a nation of legendary spin bowlers

Your Computer Is Bugged

Every click of yours is quietly being watched. Worse, you are slowly being pushed into an information ghetto

The Lies of Nations

Nuclear haves and have-nots are blinkered hypocrites in this memoir of former IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei

Alice in Blunderland

While Alice Albinia, the non-fiction writer, refuses to tell a well-worn tale, Albinia the novelist succumbs easily to reductive depictions

‘Life without Writing Bores Me’

Gruelling research is just preparation for that moment when the story comes to possess him, says Amitav Ghosh

“I am a Bengali writer, I need to live in Bengal”

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who’s writing yet another autobiography, says she’s awaiting the ‘green’ signal to return to West Bengal

‘The Best is Not Necessarily Literary’

David Davidar explains why publishers can’t afford to invest time and money on their authors, and goads writers to start taking risks


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