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Avantika Bhuyan

Sonia Faleiro’s ‘Beautiful Thing’ is a vivid narrative of Mumbai’s bar dancers and how the ban of 2005 imperilled their livelihood.

Laws and Order

This is the first of three novellas based on Indira Gandhi’s assassination and its repercussions. An extract

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Readers

It seems no one wants to curl up with an Agatha Christie or dig into a Harper Lee anymore. People now read self-help books

Writing the Revolution

When it comes to Naxal literature, the outsider’s gaze inevitably seems touristy and impatient. Turn to the accounts of insiders for the real thing

Unmaking of Modern India

There are no original thinkers in Indian politics anymore, says Ramachandra Guha

A Gentile’s Quest

Howard Jacobson’s Man Booker Prize winner is a searing search for Jewish identity

Seriously Comical

A new comic book shows how the Dongria Kondh tribe’s fight against Vedanta could have been one of many stories across the world

The Perils of Veggielit

VS Naipaul and Jonathan Franzen’s new writings lack meat. Blame their Brahminical standards of judging cultures different from their own

Why Read Llosa over Marquez

Writing about Peru, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, also writes about our reality

The Other ’stans of Asia

A history of everything you might have ever wanted to know about the countries of Central Asia


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