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Thommen Jose

Labuan Bajo and the big boom

What used to be a quieter alternative to Bali, Labuan Bajo is on its way to becoming the next top visited destination in Indonesia.

15 Jan 2017 6:52 AM

The escapades of a home-grown detective

Whether crime pays in the long run is debatable nevertheless crime fiction can be gratifying to read especially when you’re in the hands of a writer who combines the stealth of a masterful game of che

04 Sep 2016 12:24 AM

What it means to be human

Nothing makes humanity shine brighter than pitting it against starkly brutal and inhuman conditions.

07 Aug 2016 1:20 AM

The right degree of absurdity

One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator is the intriguing title story in a collection of 14 short stories that have been translated from author Manoj Kumar Panda’s original work in Odia.

17 Jul 2016 1:47 AM

Oracles, prophecies and the seed of darkness

That the heroine of Once Upon A Time is doomed to become some kind of martyr is apparent early on in the book although the road to this event is a long and winding one. Ashok Srinivasan’s first novel, following on the heels of Book of Common Signs, his prize-winning collection of short-stories, is about the cruel destiny of Brinda Murty, an eternally young woman whose beauty and involuntary ability to heal the sick is shadowed by her own unspeakable suffering.

08 May 2016 5:05 AM


Pedalling dreams

One of the primary pleasures of good literature is the way it immerses us in the lives of others. Mridula Koshy’s nuanced, poignant new novel, Bicycle Dreaming, does this by introducing us to 13-year-old Noor, the daughter of a kabadiwala who lives with her parents and brother in their one-room home in Chirag Dilli.

26 Mar 2016 8:06 PM

26 dishes and the flavour of life

There is a way in which we are all part of each other’s stories and Anita Nair plays on this conceit in her slim hardback volume, Alphabet Soup For Lovers. It runs on parallel tracks telling us the stories of Komathi and Lena. Komathi is a cook on a tea plantation in the Annamalai hills who is working to pick up English letters.

06 Feb 2016 9:28 PM

The dream that washed away

When animals and birds migrate it is generally with the intent to return and, perhaps, they have an easier time of it than humans. Human, on the other hand, leave behind homes, families, streets, cultures and lifestyles — both the physical and the intangible, the measurable and the subjective — when they depart; and they often do so with the knowledge that they may never return to the land of their birth.

09 Jan 2016 8:48 PM