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The Hindu Lit For Life launch of Anjum Hasan’s book

The Hindu Lit For Life launch of Anjum Hasan’s book, The Cosmopolitans, centred on a discussion on the character Qayenaat and the art world. There has been much talk around Anjum Hasan’s latest novel, The Cosmopolitans. The huge turnout at The Hindu Lit For Life launch of the book, in association with Penguin Books, at Galleryske was a testimony […]

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Rachna Bisht Rawat’s 1965: Stories from the second Indo-Pak war commemorates five of the grittiest battles fought by the Indian Army

It is the night of September 21-22, 1965, and the pillboxes in Dograi on the outskirts of Lahore are blistering with Pakistani gunfire. In the pock-marked fields surrounding it are the soldiers of India’s 3 Jat battalion. Amidst the blaze of artillery shelling, the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Desmond Hayde has only two demands to […]

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When hate begets hate

The translation of a remarkable work such as Pethavan is as much a political act as an aesthetic one. If you are looking for a happiness-enhancing read, do not bother with Pethavan (The Begetter). If you are looking for a grand theory of life, do not bother with Pethavan. If you are looking for a clear-as-hell mirror to […]

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Doyenne of the steamy Hollywood novel dies at 77

Jackie Collins, the best-selling British-born author known for her vibrant novels about the extravagance and glamour of life in Hollywood, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77. The cause was breast cancer, her family said in a statement.“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, […]

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Man who tipped culture min says cleaning needed

The anonymous man who had tipped the government on the ‘illegal’ appointment of Nehru Memorial Museums & Library (NMML) director on Saturday said more cleaning of corruption was needed in the museum. “I have opened the lid on the secrecy behind the appointment of the director. More irregularities willflow out,” 70-year-old Prof SP Singh, who has since 2005 […]

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The Waste Land BY T. S. ELIOT

The Waste Land BY T. S. ELIOT                                   FOR EZRA POUND                                 IL MIGLIOR FABBRO               I. The Burial of the Dead   April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little […]

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Sunjeev Sahota

Indian-origin British author Sunjeev Sahota is among six writers shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2015. The six names were announced by chair of judges, Michael Wood, at a press conference. ‘The Year of the Runaways’ by Derbyshire-born Sahota deals in his book about 13 young men, living in a house […]

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Poem of Pablo Neruda

My dog has died My dog has died. I buried him in the garden next to a rusted old machine. Some day I’ll join him right there, but now he’s gone with his shaggy coat, his bad manners and his cold nose, and I, the materialist, who never believed in any promised heaven in the […]

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Kamla Das and Her Poetry

Kamala Surayya / Suraiyya formerly known as Kamala Das , (also known as Kamala Madhavikutty, pen name was Madhavikutty) was a major Indian English poet and littérateur and at the same time a leading Malayalam author from Kerala, India. Her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography, while her oeuvre […]