The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

The Moor's Last Sigh

Bombay Penned And Painted On An Epic Canvas Twenty years ago, I discovered, in my knee-high boyhood, that Bombay, as we had always known it by name, was going to be called Mumbai. It was a decision that I did not mind at the time; perhaps innocence and naïveté of that age do not allow for […]

Swami and Friends by RK Narayan

One of my most cherished memories of childhood is when we used to have our school exams. Everybody, I think, can relate to the nervously hurried and harried revisions that preceded them and the jumbled-up feeling of confusion and anxiety that we all felt as those fateful days came close. And I can also say […]

Indian historical fiction: Must-read novels

“Fiction is the lie which tells the truth” History has always held an inexplicable sway over the reader. The far off time and setting, the characters, the lifestyle, the language, the event in itself or a combination of these factors, and above everything, the persistent sense of mystery, it exerts a pull in so many […]

Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali

Bringing back a slice of the past Twilight in Delhi is the story of Delhi, of a particular moment in the long history of this city that has risen and fallen, only to rise again. This is a novel of the city as we have never known it, an ode to its ways and style […]

Adapted: Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands

To Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf The Oxford Dictionary defines a femme fatale as a ‘very beautiful woman that men find sexually attractive but who brings them trouble or unhappiness’. Unfortunately, in 7 Khoon Maaf, Vishal Bhardwaj is not quite able to grasp that meaning as clearly as he should ideally. Instead of a femme […]

Mosquito and Other Stories by Premendra Mitra

A must-read classic of Bengali Literature The Context The one joy of curating a website that focuses on Indian literature is also the amazing literary gems, classics and otherwise, that one encounter in the process. To do this, I make sure to visit local bookstores wherever I am travelling, go to libraries and read syllabi […]

Booked: Literary Events for March 2019

Looking for book-ish events in March? We looked around, and there is a little of everything happening, from conferences, plays based on literary characters, Event Name: Rumi Aur Manto What’s it about: A satirical play where Rumi and Manto bump into each other at a lit fest in today’s times. Location: Atta Galatta, Bengaluru Dates: […]