Books

The New Life of English Poetry

Long confined to a niche literary circle, Indian poetry in English is becoming part of the mainstream.

The Many Strands of Indian Identity

An ambitious new library of Indian literature shows the cultural riches ignored by today’s Hindu nationalists.

Ancient Indian Epic to be Retold on Twitter

Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter this time from the perspective of the main villain.

The Jaipur Jostle

The Urdu type’ at literary festivals in Jaipur and Kolkata.

Cartoonist Behind India's Common Man

Legendary Indian cartoonist RK Laxman has died aged 94.

Indian Author in Hiding After New Book Sparks Fury

The author disappeared from public view earlier this week and announced he would no longer write books.

How to Design an Indian Classic

When it came to the Murty Classical Library of India, whose first five books were published this week by Harvard University Press, part of the answer turned out to be: think pink.

India's Troubled Tryst With Free Speech

The attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo has sparked off a furious debate globally about the limits of freedom of speech. In India, that fundamental freedom is a legal oxymoron.

Smell An iPad

The physical book meets its many avatars.

Tejpal and Tehelka a Year on From Sexual Assault Allegation

A year after an allegation of sexual assault led to his arrest on a rape charge, Tarun Tejpal, the founder of Tehelka magazine, is once again in the spotlight.

Vape is Word of the Year for Oxford Dictionaries

The word, which was first used in the 1980s, can be employed as a verb to mean inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by electronic cigarettes

No Women or Dogs Allowed in Library

Aligarh Muslim Univ ban on girl students is a shame.

Dan Brown Couldn’t Crack Delhi

The bestselling author was less racier than his novels.

Lost Jain Text on Indian Philosphy Reconstructed

Analyses contained in Dwadasharnayachakra are key points of reference for scholars from across the globe who come to Gujarat to study Indian religious thought.

The Problem With The English Language In India

Aperson’s socioeconomic status in Indian society is approximately in line with his or her fluency in the language. In other words: a new caste system.

Google Launches Alliance for Indian Language Content

Google Inc launched the Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA) n an aim to boost Indic language content that would boost demand for the internet and indirectly aid its search business.

Indian Fantasy

It has been an exceptionally fertile year for erotic writing in English for Indian publishing.

Round The Bend

The hardship posting to end all hardship postings

Great Indian Novel

Why Shashi Tharoor's Great Indian Novel still appeals.

Why is Adolf Hitler Popular in India?

The different attitudes that have given Hitler his unique Indian afterlife can surprise those from the West who are confronted by them.

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.

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