Thursday 21 September, 2017

Unlike Rushdie: Simple plot but relevant in a world of alternative facts

By Saket Suman Book: The Golden House; Author: Salman Rushdie; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 370 January 20, 2009. Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States and on the very same day “an enigmatic billionaire from [...]

Fiction has to be constructed carefully, without urgency: Arundhati Roy

By Saket Suman Just when the credentials of Booker winning author Arundhati Roy as a fiction writer were being questioned in literary circles, the acclaimed novelist, after a hiatus of two decades, returned with her second novel and, boom — [...]

‘Independence was only transfer of power; true freedom is equal access to everything for everyone’

By Saket Suman New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The nation has just celebrated Independence Day with great pomp and fervor — but does this special occasion evoke similar sentiments among the Dalits living in the country? No, contends author Sujatha [...]

Book Review: Accidental Psychiatrist The healing power of compassion

REVIEWED BY DR. PANCHAJANYA PAUL, MD Author: Bob Kamath, MD Paperback: 274 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Date Published: (December 20, 2016) The book Accidental Psychiatrist which is partly autobiographical, and [...]

Fighting a war with words

ROOPA PAI, children’s author and Bangalore city enthusiast talks to SUPRIYA D.G. about her bestselling book ‘The Gita For Children’ and the relevance of the original text across time and borders. One might call Roopa Pai the quintessential [...]

Of the rich and powerful: How system bends to provide them comfort in jails

By Saket Suman Title: Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous; Author: Sunetra Choudhury; Publisher: Roli Books; Pages: 266 Jail is a fearsome word for almost everybody and the general perception that revolves around the lives [...]

Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Golden House’ to release in September

Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) After Arundhati Roy, it is now author Salman Rushdie’s turn to return to the literary world this year with his new book “The Golden House”, slated to be released in September, said a statement by Penguin [...]

Karan Johar’s memoir lays bare all; reflects Bollywood’s ambiguity

By Saket Suman Title: An Unsuitable Boy; Author: Karan Johar (with Poonam Saxena); Publisher: Penguin India; Pp: 216 This much-anticipated memoir of filmmaker Karan Johar has been creating waves on social media after chapters describing his [...]

Explaining Trump’s rise and other strange things

By Vikas Datta Title: Winning Arguments — What Works and Doesnt Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom; Author: Stanley Fish; Publisher: Harper; Pages: 224 It is the phenomenon that may explain a lot of “inexplicable” [...]

Nobel committee gives up trying to reach Bob Dylan

Stockholm, Oct 19 (IANS) Nearly a week after Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, the prize committee has given up trying to reach the American icon for confirmation, media reported. “We have stopped trying — we [...]