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Sridhar Balan

There’s a Perumal Murugan in all of us

The keynote address by the Assamese writer Dhruba Jyoti Borah underscored that literature must be free from any kind of control.

08 Feb 2019 1:18 AM

Why we need a good alternative to the board exams

Over the years, there have been reams written on what ails our school educational system and what needs to be done by way of reform.

25 Jan 2019 1:36 AM

A library can be a boon for Afghanistan’s children

The history of imperial conquests shows that one of the first places of attack of the invading Army is the library.

11 Jan 2019 12:50 AM

In Shillong, friends at a time of conflict

The agitation against illegal foreign immigrants in Assam in the 1970s had its echoes in Shillong as well.

28 Dec 2018 12:33 AM

No more flogging a dead horse

Hamzah believes that the increased awareness of vegan issues will filter through consciousness to produce new modes of expression.

14 Dec 2018 6:30 AM

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Gilkey, whose love for books became an obsession

Gilkey committed his first crime at the age of nine or 10 where he quietly shoplifted a baseball catcher’s mitt.

30 Nov 2018 1:03 AM

‘Book hand-sellers are as rare as ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas’

The values inherent in books are not immediately discernible and it requires a book-lover to discover them.

16 Nov 2018 12:40 AM

The making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Another new word is the adjective “bongga,” which means extravagant, flamboyant, impressive, stylish or excellent.

02 Nov 2018 12:47 AM

Discovering the Queen’s love for books

One of the highlights in the Queen’s itinerary was the inauguration of the Indo-British Participation and Summit Meeting at Pragati Maidan.

12 Oct 2018 12:26 AM

Wanted: A Gawande to govern healthcare

Gawande says all learned occupations have a definition of professionalism - a code of conduct.

28 Sep 2018 1:21 AM

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The gods bestow a favour

Raja Rao had started his literary career at the age of 15 initially in Kannada and later in English.

13 Sep 2018 12:42 AM

When a cow turns into a ‘rakshak’

Three leading English publishing firms set up offices in India at the end of nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.

31 Aug 2018 12:57 AM

Kipling’s Panchayat of the Gods

The lines certainly smack of racism along with Kipling’s advice to the then American president that America had a ‘moral duty’ in the Philippines.

17 Aug 2018 12:23 AM

The World in a Wall

Durrell life’s work and lasting legacy was in establishing the great zoo in the island of Jersey a part of the Channel Islands.

03 Aug 2018 1:10 AM

The monk who had sold a fortune

The fans soon switched back to football and there they stayed. The football final match was symbolic.

20 Jul 2018 12:46 AM

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Fikry, an eccentric bookseller and a doting father

At the end, Fikry is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer “glioblastoma multiforme”.

06 Jul 2018 12:23 AM

How Alice in Wonderland came into being

Even Macmillan was not prepared for the reception the public accorded to Alice in Wonderland.

22 Jun 2018 1:11 AM

It’s important to nurture and endure reading habit

Reading from a print format helps develop imagination and conjure visions in the mind.

08 Jun 2018 1:23 AM

Whatever happened to plain, simple English?

The charges in the said case have also led to users trying their hand at English to outdo Tharoor.

25 May 2018 1:46 AM

The ghosts of Cheenapatti

One of the company’s mandates to its English and Scottish officers, brave enough to go on expeditions, was to find an alternative source for tea.

11 May 2018 12:31 AM

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