7 shades of summer


Madhavankutty Pillai • Gunjeet Sra • Sunaina Kumar • Aastha Atray Banan • Aanchal Bansal • Rajni George • Shaikh Ayaz • Lhendup G Bhutia • and others

The gatherings of the season

From travel and movies to books and food, a collection of all things cool this summer

The replacement thrillers

Who are the new Stieg Larssons? This season’s crime novels are bigger, badder and sometimes better

The man who wrote a poem on a non-meeting

Ranjit Hoskote says anything can be good material for poetry if you can make it work

Books Do Matter. Or Do They?

Reading into the Jaipur Literature Festival

A Graphic Recollection

A recently published anthology of visual narratives of Partition revisits a haunting part of history with mixed results

“The history of racism varies with the decades… like fashion”

As part of a monthly conversation series organised by Open at Smoke House Deli, William Dalrymple spoke to Pavan K Varma about writing for a foreign audience, romanticising the Raj, and much else . Excerpts:

Small Things for Empathy

How literary fiction makes one more empathetic and better at reading people

Emerging Readership

Rural library initiatives take books to children who had no access to them

No Questions Please

Unsuccessful attempts at the Berlin International Book Festival to understand how the reclusive JM Coetzee’s mind works


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