books

A Burning Megha Majumdar

Book Review: A Burning

An achingly real take on the affairs of 21st century India, A Burning traces three lives struggling against communal politics and fighting for social and economic mobility.

The Baby-Sitters Club

The Baby-Sitters Club

Watching The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix takes an author back to reading the series of books while growing up in early-2000s Calcutta.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Book Review: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Deepa Anappara’s debut novel is vivid and deeply moving, plunging you into the distraught lives inhabiting a slum in a smog-heavy, unnamed Indian city.

The Cliffhangers

Book Review: The Cliffhangers

A coming-of-age tale, Sabin Iqbal’s debut novel is a nuanced blend of the personal and the political, set against the dreamy backdrop of a picturesque coastal village in Kerala.

A Bit of Magic Realism

In conversation with Varun Thomas Mathew about his debut novel, the nostalgia of city life, and the relationship between magic realism and memory.

Point of Pain

In conversation with Annie Zaidi about her new book Prelude to a Riot, inequalities within South Asia, and why we can never escape home.

Book Review: His Father’s Disease

Aruni Kashyap’s stories call for greater humility, acceptance of difference, and keeping our strongly held (maybe even ill-formed) opinions about others to ourselves.

Nandita Dutta

No Easy Answers

In conversation with Nandita Dutta, whose book F-Rated examines Indian filmmaking through the eyes of eleven women directors who have been central to the industry across decades.

Celestial Bodies

Book Review: Celestial Bodies

Jokha Alharthi’s Man Booker International Prize-winning novel employs elaborate and poetic prose as it gazes into Oman’s cultural bounty.

Milk Teeth Amrita Mahale

Book Review: Milk Teeth

Amrita Mahale’s debut novel takes you on an engaging journey through the crowded streets and tiresome middle-class hypocrisy of ’90s Bombay.

Tishani Doshi

Book Review: Small Days and Nights

In its lyrical, deconstructed form, Tishani Doshi’s latest novel tells the story of big things that happen in small places.

Vandana Singh

A Transdisciplinary Approach

In conversation with Vandana Singh about climate change, speculative fiction, semiotics, the nature of language, and her new book Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories.