If anything, the debate over cancel culture has shown us that it’s imperative to introspect on who we are when we are not performing to an audience.
The Great Indian Tee and Snakes writer Kritika Pandey on winning the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020 and how she came to writing
Varavara Rao is a political prisoner and has been in jail since 2018 in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.
What is the significance of Kanthapura author Raja Rao's collection of essays, The Meaning of India, today?
The writer on her debut YA novel Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased, and why the ongoing ecological catastrophe stems from our inability to face up to being mortal.
The western African city whose name is a metaphor for a place too exotic and remote to even imagine, is in the grasp of Covid-19. A good time to look at Timbuktu, the city and the name.
Rowling’s account of the violence she suffered is an indication of the complex history that guides her opinion. At the same time, her cis-identity and its majoritarian privileges are overwhelming in the face of the odds the transgender community continues to face.
The writer on why the present-day vilification of the Mughals is a British legacy and what it was like to write about Akbar.
How New Yorker Megha Majumdar went from being 'not good in English' Kolkata girl to talk-of-the-town debut novelist.
In her first novel for adults, The Mercies, children’s writer Kiran Millwood Hargrave examines women’s struggle against patriarchy through the prism of an infamous 17th century witch-hunt
Katherine Rundell was at her home in Norfolk, working on her non-fiction book for adults on her favourite poet, John Donne, when the lockdown was announced. It was then that she decided to reach out to fellow children’s writers and illustrators.
How to look after your mind and body in this season of disquiet.
How travel literature, during a lockdown, can teach us to rediscover the familiar spaces that we take for granted.
As schools remain shut and social distancing means more time indoors, count on these options to keep children engaged
Three books, both fiction and non-fiction, that look at deadly diseases and how science ultimately got the better of them, but not before considerable human cost.
It took Sen Gupta about nine months to finish the manuscript. By the time the book came out, people had taken to the streets to uphold the democratic ethos of the Constitution. In hindsight, Sen Gupta wishes she had done a segment on citizenship. Perhaps, that will be grist for another book.
A translation of Tagore’s memoir seeks to take it to a global audience
The British-Ethiopian writer talks about his poems — on splinters, longing and hope — the power of forgiveness, the struggle to find his family and to reclaim his sense of worth
A look at some books that initiates the conversation around depression, anxiety and other mental issues early on.
Over the last couple of years, Katyal, along with a bunch of contemporaries, that now include vernacular poets such as Hussain Haidry and Aamir Aziz, have responded to the ruptures in India’s community life with poetry on social media.
American writer Elizabeth Gilbert on shaking up literary templates and holding up her scars to the light.
Books that reflect on homesickness, illness, fear or just noticing the invisible people around us.
The symposium also saw a video recording of a reading by American writer Lydia Davis of her new short story, Learning to Sing, while actor Dhritiman Chaterji read out Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa’s Tobacco Shop.
In her debut novel, titled Girl in White Cotton, Doshi looks at familial bonds and how they damn us and unravel us. She sets the tone with her opening sentence: "I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure."
The British writer on his latest novel, Live a Little, writing a central woman character for the first time, matters of age, and his fears about democracy.