Encouragement that Made Rudyard Kipling the Writer he was

In the cultural hub of 1880s’ Lahore Kay Robinson has taken over as editor of the Civil and Military Gazette. Assisting him is the young and impressionable Rudyard Kipling, a lonely, impulsive man who dreams of becoming a writer. Kipling’s literary pursuits have been dismissed as fanciful and foolish by his previous boss. But Robinson is…

Read More
The Struggle between Kama Pessimists, Optimists and Realists

Kama: The Riddle of Desire by Gurcharan Das is a fascinating account of love and desire that sheds new light on love, marriage, family, adultery and jealousy. The book weaves a compelling narrative soaked in philosophical, historical and literary ideas while talking about Kama optimists, pessimists and realists. But how are these characterised? Let’s find out in…

Read More
5 Writing Tips for Young Writers

Writing is Fun by Jeanne Perrett is a fun activity book for young readers to master the art of writing – be it a diary, letter, advertisement, script or a novel. Featuring handy tips and expert advice, this book is bound to polish their writing skills with the help of some zany characters and whimsical…

Read More
On translating Shekhar: A Life

Snehal Shingavi is associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he specializes in teaching South Asian literatures in English, Hindi and Urdu. He is the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood, and has translated to wide acclaim the iconic short-story collection Angaaray as well as Bhisham Sahni’s memoir Today’s Pasts. Most recently,…

Read More
#DesignerSpeaks: The story behind designing stunning book covers for K.R. Meera’s enthralling books

The Unseeing Idol of Light by K.R. Meera is a haunting tale that explores love and loss, blindness and sight, obsession and suffering-and the poignant interconnections between them. This story is centered around the most intricate of human emotions and feelings and needed a book cover that would complement these emotions. Here we have our…

Read More
How do you take a beloved epic and make it even more epic? You cast Hollywood film stars!

A timeless epic, The Valmiki Ramayana, translated by Bibek Debroy recounts the legend of Rama, the exiled prince of Ayodhya, and his battle to vanquish the demon king Ravana.This heroic tale filled with intrigue and adventure, gods and demons, colossal battles and ancient wisdom. Phenomenal books deserve phenomenal covers. Here is a first-hand account from…

Read More