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7 Classics Of Hindi Literature You Must Read

It's a reservoir that can never go dry, and neither is it possible to ever do justice to any list of top classics.

And Pop Goes Culture

Comic Con India has become an annual pop culture event across different cities.

The Rare Pleasures of Serendipity

No online retailer can match the serendipity that brick-and-mortar book stores engender

Why The Newspaper Feels Like An Anachronism

The era of the newspaper is over. For the first time, Indian newspapers have registered decaying readership

India to Turn Orwell's Birthplace Into a Museum

India began work to restore the dilapidated house where "Animal Farm" and "1984" author George Orwell was born and turn it into a museum.

India-Born Author Brings Mirza Ghalib to Americans

India-born author Surinder Deol has penned a new English translation of Mirza Ghalib's works to bring the famous Urdu poet to North Americans

Why India Has a Touchy Relationship with English

Recent street protests over a test aspiring bureaucrats must take shines a light on India's touchy relationship with English

To Study or Not to Study English

Adebate is still raging on the suitability of what many describe as a "foreign language" in a polyglot nation that has 22 official languages and over 350 dialects.

Animal Farm

George Orwell is one of the UK's best-known 20th Century authors but he's also claimed by a town in north-eastern India.

Disgruntled Insider

Is India's Natwar Singh's Book a Disgruntled Rant?

Dad Faced a Lot of Resistance From Within Congress

PM's daughter Daman Singh has sprung to her father's defence with her own book, "Strictly Personal, Manmohan and Gursharan".

NYT's Hysterical Warning About Freedom of India's Press

Americans preach a lot. And they don't always practice what they preach to the rest of the world.

A Biased Urdu Press Can Harm India's Secular Image

As much as the Urdu media is guilty of unethical professional conduct in peddling a one-sided picture of a very complex situation it reveals a disturbingly sectarian worldview that critics are likely to seize on to question the secular claims of Indian Muslims.

Life in Exile

Twenty years after she was expelled from Bangladesh, controversial author Taslima Nasreen still has no idea whether she will ever return home, but she refuses to give up trying

Understanding the New Rules of Digital Journalism

In a changing media landscape, no newspaper has the final say on anything.

New York Times Shuts India-specific Blog

The New York Times has shut its India Ink blog, “the first-ever country- specific” news site after a nearly three-year run, as it no longer wants to “direct its resources” towards blog-style content.

Tarun Tejpal: India Tape Case Editor Gets Bail

India's Supreme Court has granted bail to Tarun Tejpal, the former editor of a news magazine who is charged with raping a female colleague.

English Explodes in India

From hanging out on street corners to "hands-free underpants", English is resurgent in India.

A Strange Meeting of Minds

An unlikely encounter between two very different poets—Wilfred Owen and Rabindranath Tagore

Is There a Distinctive Indian English

Yes, according to a hashtag that's been trending in the country - #IndianEnglish.

Greatest Indian Novels

This is a list of the greatest Indian novels ever written.

The Loneliest Library in the World

Chinnathambi keeps it active, serving the reading and literary hunger of his impoverished clientele.

Indian Businessmen to Promote Hindi in Israel

In a major boost to promotion of Hindi in Israel, Indian businessmen here have announced a grant of about USD 33,000.

Global Digital News Brands See Growth Opportunity in India

Newspaper is everywhere in India. Print readership, especially of the country’s vernacular press, is continuing to rise.

India’s Ultimate Bromance Goes Public on Twitter

Modi’s secret admiration for Bhagat, on the other hand, leaked through in more subtle ways, signaled in form not content.

Book-ed For Art

Imagine a reading room where books are not just meant for reading but they also double up as pieces of art.

India-born Poet Vijay Seshadri Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems "3 Sections."

Pseudo Intellectual’s Day Out

The sudden craze of the hoi polloi to gatecrash into every cultural and literary event in India

The Man Who Wrote His Own Epitaph

Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers won fame for a searing book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex.

Khushwant Singh, Writer Who Targeted All With Wit, Dies

He shrugged off intellectual trappings and promoted jokes in a way that no other writer had ever done before him, or since.

Bengal’s Proverbial Everyman

The ‘babumoshai’ has moved up and down the social hierarchy in less than a century, but he dresses like it’s still the 1950s

Careless Whispers

Hugging saint’ in a spot of bother, ex-disciple alleges abuse in tell-all book

Banished From The Bookshelves

Six authors tell their stories about what it is like to see their life’s work go waste.

India Slips Down Asia’s Restaurant Rankings

If India served up a disappointing result in the list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia in 2013, this year its performance could be described as undercooked.

Disgraced Indian Editor Charged with Rape

After months of apologies and outright denials, the former Tehelka magazine editor faces prison.

Indian Censorship and the Curious Case of Wendy Doniger

Penguin’s decision to withdraw controversial scholar Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History has resonated strongly in the academic world.

Penguin India Defends Decision to Recall Book

Penguin India has defended its decision to recall and destroy copies of a book on Hinduism by a prominent US scholar.

Why did Penguin Recall a Book on Hindus

Wendy Doniger said she did not blame her publisher Penguin India for withdrawing her book The Hindus

US Academic Angry After Book on Hindus Pulped in India

American scholar Wendy Doniger said she was "angry and disappointed" that all copies of her latest book on Hinduism will be pulped in India.

Why It's Easy to Ban Books in India

The problem, increasingly, in this Republic of the Gagged, is that everything seems to offend.

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