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Andrew Quintman: “The notion of sacred geography is fascinating to me”

The author of the forthcoming book, Buddhism on the Border, who is also an associate professor at the Wesleyan University’s Department of Relgion, on being a scholar and a practitioner of the Buddhist faith

Author Andrew Quintman (Courtesy Wesleyan University)
Published on Jul 10, 2024 08:30 PM IST

K Vaishali – “Many literature festivals ignored me”

The author of Homeless; Growing Up Lesbian and Dyslexic in India on winning the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2024 for her memoir

Author K Vaishali. (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 05:00 AM IST

André Aciman – “Time is not always our friend”

On his new book, The Gentleman From Peru, the concept of rebirth, intergenerational relationships in his fiction, the irrealis mood, and reading the classics correctly

Andre Aciman (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 09:51 PM IST

Andaleeb Wajid – “I don’t want my characters to be unidimensional”

On her latest novel, The Henna Start-up being shortlisted for the Neev Book Award, writing romances, her books being adapted for OTT, and her upcoming memoir

Author Andaleeb Wajid (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Jun 25, 2024 06:27 PM IST

Arundhathi Subramaniam – “I am aware now of how to turn rage into celebration”

The author of 11 books of poetry and prose talks about her latest work, Wild Women: Seekers, Protagonists and Goddesses in Sacred Indian Poetry and about winning the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Poetry Award

Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam (Penguin Random House India)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 07:01 PM IST

Amor Towles – “Aspiration is a very strong aspect of American culture”

On avoiding drawing from his personal life while writing fiction, including the late novelist Paul Auster as a character in one of his short stories, and working with translators

Author Amor Towles (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 02:46 PM IST

Vanessa R Sasson - Each time we learn, our world becomes bigger

The professor of religious studies at Marianopolis College in Quebec, who was in India earlier this year for the Jaipur Literature Festival, talks about her novels Yasodhara and The Gathering that she places in the tradition of Buddhist hagiographic fiction

Author Vanessa R Sasson (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Published on May 28, 2024 05:07 PM IST

Ruskin Bond: Laughing into his 90th year

The author’s nature diaries, ghost stories, novels and essays have instilled a love of reading in generations of Indian readers. On the eve of his birthday on May 19, he speaks about his rich inner world, the wonderful compensations of old age, and how not to give in to despair in the face of mankind’s violent impulses

Ruskin Bond at work. (Courtesy Harper Collins)
Updated on May 18, 2024 05:10 AM IST

Raghuram G Rajan - “Everyone should have a chance to succeed”

The former RBI Governor Raghuram G Rajan and economist Rohit Lamba spoke about their book at the Kolkata Literary Meet earlier this year

Rohit Lamba (L) and Raghuram G Rajan at the Kolkata Literary Meet (Kolkata Literary Meet)
Published on May 16, 2024 08:07 PM IST

Review: The Boy Who Built a Secret Garden by Lavanya Karthik

A heartwarming biography of Nek Chand Saini, creator of the Rock Garden in Chandigarh, a crown jewel in the built heritage of post Independence India

Nek Chand in the Rock Garden, Chandigarh, in 1997. (Raphael Gaillarde/Getty Images)
Published on May 10, 2024 09:53 PM IST

John Boyne – “Simplicity can be really wonderful”

At the Kolkata Literary Meet 2024, the Irish author spoke about the strides made by his country in terms of gay rights, why novelists should imagine others lives, and about mentoring writers

Author John Boyne (Kolkata Literary Meet 2024)
Published on May 03, 2024 09:55 PM IST

Interview: Satish Arora, co-author, Sweets and Bitters

At 26, Satish Arora became the youngest executive chef in the world when the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai chose him to lead their kitchen in 1970. He spoke about his culinary adventures at the Kolkata Literary Meet 2024

Chef Satish Arora in a picture dated 28 April 2008, when he was director, food production, at TAJSATS Air Catering Limited. (HT Photo by Anand Shinde)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 09:29 PM IST

Yuvan Aves, author, Intertidal – “Sometimes I write to think”

Intertidal, a diary on Chennai's coast, wetlands, and climate, evolved from personal observation to a public resource. It explores the interplay of nature, activism, and self, offering meditative reflections for all readers.

Author Yuvan Aves (Courtesy Bloomsbury)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 09:56 PM IST

Report: Sacred Spirit Festival 2024

The festival, which featured some outstanding Indian and international performers, reaffirmed the idea that the sacred is not the monopoly of any one religion, ideology or tradition

The Sufi whirling dance of the Nile (Sacred Spirit Festival)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 08:22 PM IST

Katherine M Hedeen - “Raul’s poetics challenge US-centric notions of queerness”

The professor of Spanish at Kenyon College in Ohio, USA, talks about translating Almost Obscene by marginalized Colombian queer poet Raúl Gòmez Jattin

Essayist and translator of poetry, Katherine M Hedeen (Mumbai Poetry Festival 2024)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 08:57 PM IST

Report: Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2024

With sessions on biographies, climate fiction, feminist publishing, fantasy fiction and women’s empowerment, the festival provided much food for thought

Bestselling author Anuja Chauhan, whose latest novel The Fast and the Dead is a murder mystery set on Karwa Chauth night. (AKLF2024)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:26 PM IST

Shyam Selvadurai – “Writing is a strange process”

At the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist spoke about his latest book, Mansions of the Moon, that revolves around Yasodhara, wife of Siddhartha Gautama, the man who became the Buddha

Author Shyam Selvadurai (George Pimentel)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:18 PM IST

Report: The Kolkata Literary Meet 2024

With conversations about multilingualism, Bhakti poetry and performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Jacek Luminski, the event was wide-ranging and inspiring

Jerry Pinto and Shanta Gokhale sharing their translations of the poetry of Tukaram
Published on Apr 02, 2024 01:01 AM IST

Daniel Bosley – “I never dreamed of going somewhere like the Maldives”

The author of Descent into Paradise: A Journalist’s Memoir of the Untold Maldives on embracing his voice and perspective, close friends in the Maldives who were killed by Islamist vigilantes, and how the people of the island nation don’t have any genuine animosity towards Indians

Author Daniel Bosley (Aishath Naj)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 08:01 PM IST

Víctor Rodríguez Núñez - “Poetry helps me to live”

During an interview conducted at the Mumbai Poetry Festival, Núñez spoke about the racism against Latin Americans in the US, and poetry’s power to oppose

Cuban poet Victor Rodriguez Nunez reading out his work at the Mumbai Poetry Festival 2024 (Courtesy the Mumbai Poetry Festival)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 09:33 PM IST

Manju Kapur – “Artists cannot create meaningful works if they are not free”

The author of The Gallery on censorship, making the Indian art world the subject of her new novel, and how her Buddhist practice helps her writing

Author Manju Kapur (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 10:55 PM IST

JLF 2024: United by stories

This year’s edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival was attended by a range of celebrated authors from Paul Lynch and Georgi Gospodinov to Perumal Murugan, Shyam Selvadurai and Kai Bird. This ability to gather some of the finest minds from around the world under one roof remains the festival’s unique selling proposition

The session on community libraries featuring Rituparna Neog (centre left) and Mridula Koshy (centre right). (JLF 2024)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 05:34 AM IST

Paul Lynch - “Art must be free, like dreams must be free”

At the Jaipur Literature Festival, Paul Lynch, winner of the 2023 Booker Prize for Prophet Song, talked about dystopian fiction, being inspired by cinema, his native Ireland’s break with Catholicism, and the need for art to be free

Paul Lynch, Winner of the 2023 Booker Prize for Prophet Song poses for the media with his trophy following the presentation ceremony in London on November 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 08:09 AM IST

Interview: Katherine Butler Schofield, author, Music and Musicians in Late Mughal India “I am interested in what music means to people”

At the Jaipur Literature Festival 2024, the historian of Hindustani classical music spoke about forgotten musicians, the histories of the ephemeral, and being involved with the International Campaign for Afghanistan’s Musicians

Author Katherine Butler Schofield (Courtesy Jaipur Literature Festival)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 08:44 AM IST

Bhuvanesh Komkali - “There is no one bigger than the guru. Not even God”

The Hindustani classical singer, who performed at the Mahindra Kabira Festival in Varanasi in December, talks about being introduced to the poetry of Kabir through his grandfather Kumar Gandharva

Hindustani classical singer, Bhuvanesh Komkali performing in Varanasi at the Mahindra Kabira Festival. (Mahindra Kabira Festival)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 05:48 AM IST

Akshaya Mukul – “Your job as a biographer is to dig and document, not to judge”

Winner of the ₹15 lakh Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2023, Akshaya Mukul, author, Writer, Rebel, Soldier, Lover: The Many Lives of Agyeya, talks about his biography of Sachchidanand Hirananda Vatsyayan, a towering figure in Hindi literature

Author Akshaya Mukul (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Jan 26, 2024 10:26 PM IST

Report: The Mumbai Poetry Festival 2024

The two-day event, which included poets from India, Colombia, Malta, the Dominican Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and the US, brimmed with camaraderie

Poets from across the globe at The Mumbai Poetry Festival 2024 (Sagar Bhor)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 09:18 PM IST

An evening of tributes to Gieve Patel

A tribute event was held at the NCPA in Mumbai to honor Gieve Patel, a polymath who was a poet, doctor, translator, playwright, sculptor, painter, and teacher. The event featured poetry readings, theatrical performances, and tributes from notable figures in the arts.

Avaan Patel(Daughter of Gieve patel), at
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 08:30 AM IST

“Each Kabir poem is like a wake-up call” - Vasu Dixit

The singer, composer and filmmaker, who performed at the Mahindra Kabira Festival in Varanasi recently, talks about documenting folk music, giving Kabir’s dohas an electronic touch, and the continuing relevance of the 15th century mystic’s poetry

Vasu Dixit performing in Varanasi (Courtesy the Mahindra Kabira Festival)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 09:15 PM IST

Report: The Mahindra Kabira Festival

Poetry, music, art, food, walks and conversation unfolded over three magical evenings and two eventful days in Varanasi

Hindustani classical vocalist Bhuvanesh Komkali paying a musical tribute to his grandfather, Kumar Gandharva. (Courtesy The Mahindra Kabira Festival)
Published on Jan 10, 2024 10:11 PM IST
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