Secrets, Identity, and a Coffee Estate: A Place Called Home by Preeti Shenoy

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The latest novel from bestselling author Preeti Shenoy is a story about secrets, family and finding oneself.  “There are two kinds of secrets. Some we wear like an invisible cloak, which we don when we need to be shielded from the judging eyes of society, and discard over a few drinks in the company of […]

Punjabi Stories from the Land of Five Rivers

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Deriving its name from five full-bodied rivers–Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Jhelum, and Chenab–which flow through its vast plains, Punjab is representative of abundant things. Punjab is a land of ethnic and religious diversity, having borne and shaped a number of religious movements that include Sikhism, Buddhism and Sufism. The language of the state, too, finds its […]

Odisha: Odia stories from the Soul of India

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Odisha is the land of fields and palm-fringed silver beaches, churches, rivers and waterfalls, and major attractions like the temples of Bhubaneshwar and Puri, distances of unpolluted beaches and also the magnificent Sun Temple of Konark. Odisha has given many seminal contributions to literature, like the Sarala Mahabharata and the Panchasakha’s poetry. Odia stories are […]

Nagaland: Culture of the Falcon Capital of India with these books

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Nagaland, adorned with uncountable hills, is a sheer pleasure for those visiting North East India. It has an unworldly vibe that lets every human soul unwind to the core. From dramatic head dresses of the locals to great taste in food, from vibrancy in festivals to some unseen traditions – this state has something for everyone. Nagaland […]

Mizo stories from the Land of Blue Mountains

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Mizoram, the land of the Mizos or the Highlanders who belong to the Mongoloid race, exudes an exotic charm of its own. From the lush forests dominated by thick bamboo groves, numerous waterfalls that gush down the narrow gorges to confluence into large meandering streams in the deep valleys, dotted with unique landmarks of myriad Mizo […]

Meghalaya: Culture of the Abode of Clouds through books

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Meghalaya is an embodiment of eternal bliss and tranquillity wrapped in absolute beauty. The ‘Abode of Clouds’ acquires its charm from the picturesque locales, bountiful nature, fresh and sedating surroundings and yes the adventure sports. The exposition of exuberant emerald hills and glens often bathing in frequent drizzles will resuscitate one’s spirit. Meghalaya culture has a […]

Spirit Nights: The story of a Naga tribe, and their ancient wisdom

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Naga writer Easterine Kire weaves a narrative of dreams and deep wisdom around the Chang Naga tribe’s fable of darkness, in her latest book, Spirit Nights. Any tribal culture is extensively intertwined with the land and its seasons. Consequently, a shift in the constant cycles of days or patterns of rain or wind causes much […]

Discover the sweetest state of India with these Bengali books

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West Bengal is the fourth-most-populous state in India and is religiously diverse. The state produces several varieties of Bengali Handloom cotton and silk in the country which is a popular way of livelihood for the rural population of the state. Durga Puja is the biggest, most popular and widely celebrated festival in the state and […]

Literary Awards in India 2022

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Literary awards in India are not limited to Sahitya Akademi Awards or JCB Literary Prize. For even though they are prestigious honours, regional languages often go unrecognised and authors are left unknown to the majority of the population. Here’s a list of lesser-known but distinguished literary awards honouring long-standing literary icons of Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, […]

Karnataka: From the library of One State- Many Worlds

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Karnataka is a land of sheer diversity; be it heritage, Culture, Nature, Beaches or Wildlife. Apart from that, it is also famous for its magical hill stations, spectacular waterfalls, pilgrimage centres and a 320km long coastline dotted with un-spoilt beaches. With an antiquity that dates to the palaeolithic, Karnataka has been home to some of the […]