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‘Women in the Mahabharata existed only to propel the story forward for the men’

Growing up as a girl in the Vedic age is anything but easy—and even harder for the future Queen of Hastinapur, the kingdom of all kingdoms. She must contend with magic islands, difficult sages, calculating foster parents, sexual awakening and loneliness. Even when she is at the threshold of the capital, King Shantanu, smitten though…… Continue reading ‘Women in the Mahabharata existed only to propel the story forward for the men’

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Editor and writer Trisha Bora talks about her riveting debut novel ‘What Kitty Did’

This month, HarperCollins India publishes Trisha Bora’s debut novel, What Kitty Did.  Trisha isn’t new to the world of books and writing—she studied English Literature at Miranda House, and has worked in Indian publishing over the past several years. At the moment, she is a commissioning editor at Juggernaut Books. In this email interview with…… Continue reading Editor and writer Trisha Bora talks about her riveting debut novel ‘What Kitty Did’

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‘A writer’s ability to create literature is a gift that he is born with’

It’s 1510. The Portuguese arrive in Goa armed with guns, swords and crucifixes to the agricultural village of Adolshi, where Hindus have been living peacefully. A sense of foreboding fills them as tigers prowl, cow bones appear in wells, chariot wheels break on festival day. The Portuguese king has licensed Jesuits to take over and…… Continue reading ‘A writer’s ability to create literature is a gift that he is born with’

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December Picks: Five New Books by Indian Writers You Need to Read

Someone to Love by Ruchita Misra Koyal and Atharv are best friends, and it’s obvious that they’re destined for each other. But somehow, they don’t seem to know it just yet. They grow closer and closer together, turning to each other for everything. But fate intervenes, and Koyal finds herself trapped in a damaging relationship…… Continue reading December Picks: Five New Books by Indian Writers You Need to Read

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#2016: The Big Bestsellers at HarperCollins

Numbers matter. It’s the sales of a book that make it a bestseller. And we clocked several of those in 2016. From the acquisition of bestselling author Nikita Singh’s Like a Love Song to the publication of Booker prize-winning author Aravind Adiga’s critically acclaimed Selection Day, from Sania Mirza’s memoir Ace against Odds to Ready, Study, Go’s smart…… Continue reading #2016: The Big Bestsellers at HarperCollins

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Indian Writing: Five New November Releases for Your Bookshelf

Indian Writing: Five New November Releases for Your Bookshelf The seasons they are a changing and while Netflix is good for chilling, it is thy humble books which shall snuggle with you and keep you warm. Here are the top five books coming out this month! A Very Pukka Murder When the valet of Major…… Continue reading Indian Writing: Five New November Releases for Your Bookshelf

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‘Society is far more liberal and advanced than our law’: Vasudhendra

When Vasudhendra published Mohanaswamy (2013), the first collection of gay short stories in Kannada, it created a stir in the literary world. The book came as a cultural shock to many, not only for its subject but also because it revealed the sexual identity of the writer. By then, Vasudhendra had established himself as a…… Continue reading ‘Society is far more liberal and advanced than our law’: Vasudhendra

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October Picks: Five Indian New Releases for Your Bookshelf

1. The Harper Movie Triumvirate For lovers of all things Bollywood, these three books are an absolute must buy. The movies, DDLJ and QSQT, of course need no introduction; they are legendary films that catapulted Aamir, SRK, Kajol and Juhi to fame and created an everlasting impact on the Indian psyche. Music, Masti, Modernity is…… Continue reading October Picks: Five Indian New Releases for Your Bookshelf

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‘I write because I need to. I draw and paint as a means to an end’: Amruta Patil

‘I write because I need to. I draw and paint as a means to an end’: Amruta Patil In 2008, Amruta Patil broke new ground in Indian English storytelling with her compelling graphic novel debut, Kari. Then in 2012, she uncovered Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean, a most exquisite retelling of the first book…… Continue reading ‘I write because I need to. I draw and paint as a means to an end’: Amruta Patil