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English literature

Imaginary Homeland

Chandrahas Choudhury

Writing book reviews and living entirely by literature gave Chandrahas Choudhury the time and space, the models and the means to become a novelist

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra: Words Of A Vanished World

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra tells Nandini Nair about India’s changing relationship with English and the essays that will last and those that will not

VS Naipaul: Writing the World

With his shifting way of seeing, VS Naipaul articulated a new configuration of all that we know

Manmatha Nath Dutt—Sanskrit and English

Had Manmatha Nath Dutt studied in Oriental Seminary, Rabindranath Tagore would have known him personally, as a co-pupil

The Last Sigh of the Absolute Lover

An ageing memoirist returns to the saddest of love stories in The Only Story, the new novel by Julian Barnes

Salman Rushdie: Novelist of the Now

Salman Rushdie’s new novel is an American classic with Indian ancestry

Shakespeare: My Master’s Voice

I went to Shakespeare’s burial place in Stratford when we had gone with Hamlet for a three-week tour to the UK. I said a little prayer. I don’t believe in god or religion, I asked for something which is now between me and him

James Shapiro: World’s a Stage

The most imaginative reinterpretations of the Bard are being seen in Asia, says the foremost Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro

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