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‘Writing Is Somewhat a Masochistic Activity’

Antara Raghavan

M Mukundan’s award-winning biography of a city reveals Delhi’s underbelly with compassion. The author tells Antara Raghavan why a river of sorrow runs beneath his stories

From Bellary and Bangalore

Kannada author Vasudhendra’s short stories about city and village life are rife with cynicism and social satire

Wilbur Smith (1933-2021): The Last Adventurer

His thrillers stretch across the exotic Savannah

The Great Indian Family

With her 20th book, Namita Gokhale does what she does best—write about lives like ours

Irwin Allan Sealy: The Kingmaker

Irwin Allan Sealy’s new book is about Ashoka. The novelist tells Bhavya Dore why his king belongs to the modern times

Missed Connections

Anjali Joseph’s new novel explores the nature of long-distance relationships and the long-lasting links between people and places

The Darkest House

The thriller Girl A chronicles the aftermath of horrors and the resilience of teenagers. Abigail Dean talks to Nandini Nair about her bestselling debut

Declan Walsh: It’s Too Easy to Blame Zia for It All

In conversation with Declan Walsh, author and journalist

Bruce Wannell: Ode to an Orientalist

William Dalrymple celebrates the wisdom and spirit of his friend—Bruce Wannell—a linguist and musician, translator and teacher

Hari Kunzru: ‘Every one of my dark fears has come true’

The world Hari Kunzru portrays in his new novel is both familiar and near-mad. The novelist in conversation with Nandini Nair

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