Perils of the City: Everyday Realities of Urban

So All Is Peace is a story of twin sisters – Layla and Tanya, who were anointed the ‘Starving Sisters’ when they were found to be starving in an upper middle class gated apartment complex in Delhi. Their news became instantly sensational and nobody could figure out what had caused two educated, beautiful women to…

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7 Things you Did Not Know About Nain Singh Rawat

Indian history is rich with men and women trailblazers, without whose contributions we would not know the world as it is today. Learning about these important historic figures is as important in our childhood as it is when we are adults. Deepa Agarwal, in her latest book Journey to the Forbidden City, brings to the…

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Meet the Characters from ‘Jaipur Journals’

Jaipur Journals is a unique, metafictional novel by Namita Gokhale, one of the founder-directors of Jaipur Literature Festival. Set against the backdrop of the festival itself, the book brings together a rich cast of characters and their even richer stories. We introduce you to some of the characters whose lives intersect and collide within these…

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Books to Read This February!

Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction or a picture book on the theme of depression. We have an exciting range of books for you this February. You’ll run out of days before you run out of books to read this month! Here’s the list of books you should look out for: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line…

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The Importance of Gratitude in Everyday Life

Making a conscious effort to count one’s blessings adds to physical and psychological well-being of a person. Mandira Bedi’s book Happy for No Reason affirms the beneficial effects of expressing appreciation for what one has. She illustrates how gratitude can be achieved by minimizing the possibility of mulling over negative emotions of resentment, envy, and…

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5 Beautiful Lines from ‘The Yogini’

The Yogini is a thought provoking and sensual novel by acclaimed Bengali writer Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay. It is the story of a modern woman, Homi who encounters a mysterious yogi on the street. The yogi, visible only to her, begins to follow her everywhere. Convinced that the yogi is a manifestation of fate, Homi embarks on a…

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What is the Human Impact of War?

Vanni is a powerfully illustrated story of war, survival and trauma suffered by countless Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. A story that is crucial to unbury and remember, the graphic novel format makes it accessible to an even wider range of audience. Here are some heartrending ways in which Vanni makes a statement on the…

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Don’t Worry, Be Sappy

We are in love with Alicia Souza’s book of love! An artistic (and mushy) ode to all the little moments that she shares with her husband George, Allcia Souza has given us the literary #couplegoals we have been waiting for. We are looking at (read: squealing about) some of our favourite moments from the book…

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Meet Ikhlaq from Intizar Husain’s ‘The Chronicle’

The decade spanning 1978 to 1988 saw the terrifying rule of Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan. In a Lahor under Martial Law, we meet Ikhlaq and his family, who are struggling to build a home in the city. Set in a troubled time and leadership, The Chronicle by the celebrated Pakistani author Intizar Husain – translated by…

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