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David Davidar, who made books fashionable for the urban middle class, returns to the Indian publishing scene with Aleph, a high-end company forged in partnership with Rupa and Co.
In defence of books
What is it that lawmakers fear when they resort to banning books? DIVYA DUBEY ponders over the question in the light of the ban on Great Soul.
A journal of his life
Irwin Allan Sealy's next book captures everyday accounts of how he built things with a strong sense of place interwoven in poetic form. Anupama Raju in conversation with the author.
Remembering an icon
No other poet has profoundly influenced Malayalam poetry in recent times as Changampuzha did, writes C. Sarat Chandran, 64 years after the poet's death.
Give stories a chance
A lot of stories never get written because the authors see no future in it. Can the situation be changed?
Into Shakespeare's world
A witty, intriguing and finely detailed peek into Shakespeareana.
Old forms, new contexts
There is an uneven, erratic quality to Promised Land, which tells the story of Martin Luther King through prose and Bengali scroll art.
Despite lapses, some of these poems have an appealing old-world simplicity.
Lush and languid
For all its undeniable talent, Sly Company is a little vain, trying too hard to be clever.
On a poetic cruise
Unpretentious and appealing, Satchidanandan's poems sail through with felicity.
Love, espionage and war
A love story unspools in the background of a World War.
The mystic poet
Khusrau's elegant poems are a commentary on the infinitely diverse and multi-hued Indian culture.
Tale of timelessness
A profoundly intimate novel, Rebirth is an impeccably crafted narrative…. Sharanya Manivannan
Devoted to Yemeni, Tunisian and Libyan literature, Banipal presents the hopes and aspirations of the Arabic-speaking peoples in modern times.
Refreshingly different from the usual anthologies, the book holds the promise of a new generation of Pakistani writers. RAKHSHANDA JALIL
The uninterested traveller
A free-ranging precisely observed, but highly superficial, commentary on various subjects other than African belief.
Gitanjali Kolanad's evocative prose leaves one wishing for more.
Though an old-fashioned story of exotic India, Nights in Bombay does have its redeeming features. SHEBA THAYIL
Dreams and visa applications
Yet another book portrays today's modern Indian women as hesitantly liberated.
Two volumes that introduce the reader to the Who's Who of Oriya poetry. HIMANSU S. MOHAPATRA
Evoking deep emotions
A compelling book but one that could make you a prisoner of your conscience.
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