Meet the firecracker protagonist of ‘You Are Here’

When it first came out in 2008, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan’s You Are Here was a game changer: unexpectedly candid, surprisingly wise, audaciously explicit.It introduced us to Arshi, a bold and irresistible new voice. Here are a few things to know about Arshi, the protagonist of the book: Her blonde American stepmother tries too hard “Every…

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Books To Gift Your Little Ones This Holiday Season

It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year – the month of festivities and holidays, and along with it, the question of what to gift little children. We personally think books are a great present and so we bring to you a list of books from which you can choose what to gift your little one!…

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Poems That Give A Rare Glimpse into Atal Bihari’s Mind

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister of India from 1998 to 2004 but he was a poet for much longer. Twenty-One Poems is a collection of poems marked by his disarming simplicity, passion and sincerity. The poems highlight his concerns and convictions, both public and private. The English translations by Pavan K. Varma, retain…

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Meet PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves

PG Wodehouse is one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century. His writing paved way for a marvelous collection of comic novels and short stories enjoyed by many. He was also a well-known lyricist and playwright. He is fondly remembered for creating the characters Bertie Wooster and his resourceful helper Reginald Jeeves, who…

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Five Modern Homages to Jeeves!

PG Wodehouse’s memorable creation,  is a highly implausible pairing—not romantic, not quite friendship but something immeasurably greater—that of that incomparable lounger and shining light  of the Drones Club, Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. ‘Valet’  may be his official job designation, but he is so much more—father figure, nurse, guardian angel and all-round messiah to…

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6 Instances Highlighting the Pervasiveness of Caste in Everyday India

The Radical in Ambedkar: Critical Reflections , edited and introduced by Anand Teltumbde and Suraj Yengde, establishes B.R. Ambedkar as the most powerful advocate of equality and fraternity in modern India. Critically evaluating his thought and work, the essays in this book—by Jean Drèze, Partha Chatterjee, Sukhadeo Thorat, Manu Bhagavan, Anupama Rao and other internationally…

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5 Facts You Did Not Know About Paulo Coelho

Bestselling author Paulo Coelho has just released his long awaited semi-autobiographical work, Hippie, adding to the literary legend’s incomparable bestselling history. Coelho’s titles have been bringing people across the world solace and wisdom for decades, and his latest title is no different. This book is a rare glimpse into Coelho’s life itself, giving readers insight…

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Ten of Our Favourite Stories About Childhood Love

A story about first love, All of My Heart by Sara Naveed is a heartfelt story about Rehaan and Zynah. A hard-working and down-to-earth guy, Rehaan moves to London and hopes to meet his childhood love Zynah, after all these years. He is faced with a dilemma when he finds out that Zynah is getting…

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