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Sridhar Balan

Book Review | How a hosiery salesman launched India’s first indie publishing giant

Rajen had already moved to Delhi a decade earlier to establish Rupa’s branch

25 Feb 2024 12:57 PM

Book Review | Oh, the joy of the book hunt, the thrill of wishful contemplation

Can we be treated to a display and exhibition of Pradeep’s collection?

02 Apr 2023 12:52 AM

Sridhar Balan | Raising a toast to the golden storytelling legacy of Tbilisi

Each toast no doubt comprised a story about the happy couple

08 May 2022 11:41 AM

Raising a toast to the golden storytelling legacy of Tbilisi

The world book capital was an initiative started by Unesco in 2001 after the idea was mooted first in Madrid in 1995

08 May 2022 11:13 AM

Book Review | Of writers, ghostwriters and the magic of written words

This book is the result of a sportswriter turning his lens on to literature

17 Apr 2022 12:44 AM


Book Review | For young souls trapped on the hedonic treadmill

At the outset, Ramesh tells us that his book is not prescriptive or preachy nor is it a compass with a clear direction

29 Jan 2022 6:48 PM

Book Review | Arsene Lupin versus Sherlock Holmes

The history of Lupin has an uncanny similarity with that of Sherlock Holmes in the sense the character assumed a much larger than life role

26 Dec 2021 1:46 AM

Book Review | Bookseller’s love story in wartime Paris shows past is never behind us

Fast paced, the book, though a work of fiction, has been well researched and with historical sources cited

06 Jun 2021 9:27 AM

Book Review: A decent sort of madness

The director's threat to leave Mr B and make his find his own way home, is answered by 'please do. I will walk home with the donkey'

11 Apr 2021 8:26 AM

That ‘Aladdin’s cave’ feeling

The book is a testament to the power and to the joy of reading

31 Jan 2021 12:14 AM


A blast from the past can bring people together

It later transpired that he had attended the same school though in a different section of the same class.

06 Mar 2020 2:53 AM

It is a fast train, it only goes slow

At the time, many have wondered at his decision, though others have followed in his footsteps.

07 Feb 2020 1:40 AM

KLF, where authors, readers mingle

The bells tolled on the Kozhikode (Calicut) beach for four days last week for a different reason.

24 Jan 2020 6:30 AM

The book as we know it is dead, but long live reading!

The print book is a physical entity, a product and requires certain optimal conditions for its continuance.

10 Jan 2020 3:44 AM

Tongue-in-cheek, sophisticated or naughty – the title says it all

Beauvoir’s title was most apt for the book but sometimes, titles can be misleading.

27 Dec 2019 3:25 AM


Drama in Madurai: The importance of feelings in learning

The great advantage with Father was that none of his workshops were ever the same, he always brought something new and innovative to each one.

13 Dec 2019 2:20 AM

Liberation songs: Freda and the theris were not to be deterred

Gotami willingly accepted all the conditions and joined the Sangha happily thus beginning a long line of women monks that endures to this day.

29 Nov 2019 2:33 AM

Is your reading carnal or spiritual, for wisdom or comfort?

The emphasis therefore should be on the ‘content’ of reading and not on its format.

15 Nov 2019 2:07 AM

India was Zimmer’s muse, bedrock of his friendship with Jung

Jung’s engagement with India culminated in a visit in 1938 where he saw the temples devoted to Kali.

01 Nov 2019 7:13 AM

Lesson of Arabian Nights: Your life hangs by a story

Storytelling stresses the commonality among epics the world over, of gods who intervene in human affairs and even take sides in a war.

18 Oct 2019 1:36 AM