Rape: It’s a Man Thing

By Sohaila Abdulali   Here’s a conundrum: I’m a feminist down to the marrow of my bones; gender equity is my thing.  But I don’t want my new book about rape and rape culture to be confined to the “Feminist Studies” shelf. Why? Because I wrote it for you too – you who might not…

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Kim Wagner on New Discoveries while Writing ‘Jallianwala Bagh’

The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the Indo-British encounter, and it had a profound impact on the colonial relationship between the two countries. In Kim Wagner’s Jallianwala Bagh, which takes the perspectives of ordinary people into account, the event and its aftermath are strikingly detailed. Wagner argues that…

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Reel vs. Real: Adapting My Story into a Book

by Novoneel Chakraborty One of the things which makes a reader curious about any story is how real or true it is. When authors pen stories, it is believed that they must have written it after being inspired by real-life incidents, which they have lived or seen closely. Majority of the times this assumption is…

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‘Ladies Coupe’ by Anita Nair: an introduction!

Forty-five and single, Akhila has never been allowed to live her own life – always the daughter, the sister, the aunt, the provider – until the day she gets herself a one-way train ticket to the seaside town of Kanyakumari. In the intimate atmosphere of the ladies coupé, she gets to know her five fellow…

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A Brief History Of Things: by Neelum Saran Gour

Neelum Saran Gour is the author of Grey Pigeon and Other Stories, Speaking of ’62, Winter Companions and Other Stories, Virtual Realities, Sikandar Chowk Park and Song without End and Other Stories. She is a professor of English at the University of Allahabad. In this special piece by her, she talks about the summers in Allahabad. There used to be such a neat outdoor-indoor balance…

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Our Long Winter by Sharmila Sen

Sharmila Sen is the author of Not Quite, Not White, which is a first-generation American’s searing appraisal of race and assimilation in the US. In this special piece by her, she talks about what defines belongingness. One of my all-time favorite novels is The Long Winter, the sixth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular Little House…

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The Last Englishmen: Finding the Story

Deborah Baker’s new book is titled The Last Englishmen: Love, War and the End of Empire. In this special piece by the author, she tells us how she came across this story. My intention always was to write a book set in India during WWII. I wanted to find a story that would contrast the Indian experience…

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