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November Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

The Whispering Room | Dean Koontz It’s either fight, or die… The second gripping thriller in an exciting new series featuring FBI agent Jane Hawk, from the master of suspense and New York Times No.1 bestselling author. ‘Do what you were born to do’ These are the words that ring in the mind of a…… Continue reading November Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

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‘How does anyone know what your caste is?’ An excerpt from ‘Ants Among Elephants’

In your own town or village, everyone already knows your caste; there is no escaping it. But how do people know your caste when you go elsewhere, to a place where no one knows you? There they will ask you, “What caste are you?” You cannot avoid this question. And you cannot refuse to answer. By tradition, everyone has the right to know. If you are educated like me, if you don’t seem like a typical untouchable, then you have a choice. You can tell the truth and be ostracized, ridiculed, harassed—even driven to suicide, as happens regularly in universities.

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Indian Preview: Our Top Five New Releases

My Adventures with Satyajit Ray For those who know their Indian cinema, Shatranj Ke Khilari is film-maker Satyajit Ray’s only feature film in Hindi/Urdu and also his most expensive film, employing lavish stage design and stars of both Mumbai and Western cinema. Jindal, Ray’s young and artistically committed producer of the movie, looks back on…… Continue reading Indian Preview: Our Top Five New Releases

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Why We’re Excited About Gulzar’s Debut Novel, ‘Two’

As is true of all literary genres, the success of the novella depends not on the nature of its structure alone, but far more importantly, on the literary dexterity of the person who writes it. When Gulzar embraces the format, the novella has met a truly consummate partner. As proof, one has only to read Two.

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Preview: Our Best Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction This Month

Murder on the Orient Express — Agatha Christie (Film tie-in edition) ‘A brilliantly ingenious story.’ — Dorothy L. Sayers, Daily Herald ‘Ingenuity at its height … the idea is utterly novel, the setting a model of realism, and the characters a versatile, attractive crew.’ — Woman’s Journal ‘A piece of classic workmanship . . . exquisite and wholly…… Continue reading Preview: Our Best Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction This Month

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September Preview: Our Top Five Indian Releases

The Nationalist It will not be an exaggeration to say that multinational conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is behind every critical national endeavour – India’s first nuclear submarine; its strategic weapon and missile systems; the space exploration programme; and infrastructure like metro systems and nuclear power plants. And one man has been instrumental in taking…… Continue reading September Preview: Our Top Five Indian Releases

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August Preview: Our Top Five Indian Releases

August, the month where we celebrate our freedom, enjoy our independence and almost always revisit our long-standing issues with our neighbour Pakistan. No wonder two of the top five releases this month are based on these themes, while the other three include a witty and deeply insightful memoir, a satirical novel, and the past and…… Continue reading August Preview: Our Top Five Indian Releases

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Opinion: How to Talk to Your Children about Sex and Nudity

My children have the benefit of what most of my generation (and those before us) didn’t: a parent who talks (endlessly) about sex. But even if you don’t enjoy it nearly as much as I do (the talking … okay, not just the talking), you can still do your damnedest to explain it well. Not…… Continue reading Opinion: How to Talk to Your Children about Sex and Nudity

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Preview: The Best of Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction in August

My Absolute Darling | Gabriel Tallent A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul. At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy loves her more than anything else…… Continue reading Preview: The Best of Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction in August