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Nothing influences writing as much as living: Jaya Padmanabhan

Jaya Padmanabhan

In her debut short story collection Transactions of Belonging, Jaya Padmanabhan, a fiction writer and journalist, has brought together a diverse and memorable group of characters from many kinds of ba

Saas and sensibility: Veena Venugopal’s new book

Veena Venugopal

Veena Venugopal explores the urban woman's dynamics with her mother-in-law — from funny aspects to the dark tones

Poetic side of tragedy queen

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Legendary actress Meera Kumari was a goddess of the silver screen, but the woman behind the star was haunted by the pain of unrequited love, the sting of loneliness, the hollowness at the heart of fam

India-US on the couch

When US ambassador Nancy Powell left Delhi in May, barely two years into her job, most blamed her lack of enthusiasm about Narendra Modi.

A family trapped in 3 minutes

Family Life
Rs 499

After I read the last page of Akhil Sharma’s novel, Family Life, I leaned back against the sofa, gazed at the wall in front of me and wondered: what would the novel’s narrator, Ajay, have been like if he hadn’t had such an odd childhood and adolescence?

Trailing behind

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Once upon a time, book tours and reading sessions may have been enough for an author to publicise his/her book.

A dull preface to a presidential bid

The only consolation from reading this deathly-dull memoir is that some executives will lose their jobs at Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, because sales have not been enough to recoup the $14 million that was advanced to Hillary to recount her four years as US President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state.

Slightly off target

Government operatives (read CIA assassins) Will Robie and Jessica Reel are recalled by their boss Evan Tucker, head of CIA, to carry out what he describes as perhaps the most important operation that the agency has ever undertaken.

On Friday N.N. Vohra, governor of Jammu and Kashmir, delivered a speech in New Delhi that was notable for its lucid analysis of the inextricably interlinked external and internal security problems and a series of sound suggestions about how to meet the grim challenges this country faces.

One of the most fascinating things about the 21st century is what I call the return of the body to the centrality of things. The body has become the site for all the major dramas — philosophical, political and ethical.