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  • 06-Dec-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Books of the Year

    Some of the pleasure of a Books of the Year list is felt by the reader, but only some

  • 21-Nov-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Afterwards

    'You Will Not Have My Hate' is hard to read, because you are stepping into another person's love story and tragedy

  • 07-Nov-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Unfree: What to expect next

    This column will point out gently that democracy is not an app

  • 24-Oct-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Brothers in arms

    Brothers, Manju Kapur's sixth novel, is her most assured so far, a conventionally plotted but acutely well-imagined account of the Gaina family's rise from the village of Lalbanga near Ajmer to promin

  • 10-Oct-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Tagore's anti-nationalism

    On May 3, 1916, Rabindranath Tagore left Calcutta by ship for Japan. He was 55, his reputation as a sage soaring after he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in 1913 for "his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse".He was about to unsettle ...

  • 26-Sep-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Ents and Explorers

    In the 1970s, many of Delhi's photo studios offered hand-painted backdrops: Castle, fort, forest and the Himalayas, the mountains picked out in dazzling Rin-white tints against a glaring, blue sky. But even in its cliches and exaggerations, there ...

  • 12-Sep-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Stranger Things

    Some years ago, the science fiction maven Ursula K Le Guin explained why she believed that writers and futurists had nothing in common. "Predictions are uttered by prophets (free of charge); by clairvoyants (who usually charge a fee, and are ...

  • 29-Aug-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Empire's outdated laws

    An empire and a company ruling by force needed sedition to prop up its iniquitous regime. A free country doesn't

  • 16-Aug-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Reading India in 1947

    As 1947 began, Geeta Dutt sang Mera Sunder Sapna Beet Gaya across North Indian cinema theatres - the film was Do Bhai, the posters showing two brothers separated by the figure of a woman, her face disturbed, one brother looking down in sadness, the ...

  • 01-Aug-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: The boy who grew up

    Mrs Darling came to the window, for at present she was keeping a sharp eye on Wendy. She told Peter that she had adopted all the other boys, and would like to adopt him also."Would you send me to school?" he inquired craftily."Yes.""And then to an ...

  • 18-Jul-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Diary of a W-grade writer

    News item: "As a pilot project, the culture ministry has already graded 185 artistes into three categories - O (Outstanding), P (Promising), W (Waiting)..."

  • 04-Jul-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: After Herr

    Michael Herr will be remembered for Dispatches, which he saw as a book closer in its nightmare, adrenalin-soaked form to a novel than to non-fiction

  • 20-Jun-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Unequal memories

    Here is one way to know who owns the right to your history, or your nation's history: do they know how your people scream?

  • 18-Jun-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Identities in a language

    Chaudhury writes about the many kinds of Hindi she encountered as a translator - not one Hindi, but multiple branches, from high Sanskritised, artificial Hindi to the colloquial flavour of Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Brajbhasha

  • 06-Jun-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Funny guys

    There is no way of avoiding contamination in a rogue nation scoured by regular viral outbreaks of mob violence, uprisings, righteousness, aggressive nationalism, and plagues of illiberality

  • 23-May-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: A writer's conscience, and protests

    A major Indian literary festival chooses to partner with a corporate sponsor of dubious track record. The JLF Southbank festival is held in London; a few weeks before it starts, a campaign asks writers to boycott the festival, citing Vedanta's track ...

  • 21-May-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    The Salt Doll's story

    It sets the tone for Vandana Mishra's lively memoir of her life as a theatre actress and a young girl growing up in a now-distant Mumbai

  • 09-May-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Human acts

    The Tiananmen massacre is better known than the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea, where hundreds of students were killed in May 1980 for protesting the imposition of martial law

  • 07-May-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Juggernaut's funky experiment

    Juggernaut's mobile reading app could be a game-changer

  • 25-Apr-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Swadeshi Essence and asli nationalism

    The firm of Kundoo & Chatterjee, of Cornwallis Street, Calcutta, did a brisk trade in "Swadeshi Essence" in the 1920s

  • 23-Apr-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Pyre: A love-and-hate story

    One Part Woman was met with intolerance of such a degree that it forced Murugan into silence. Pyre, written before the storm of bigotry swept through the author's life, is even more accomplished

  • 11-Apr-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: The lives of women

    I remember picking up The Paris Review's Latin American Writers at Work, published in 2003, and feeling the cold wind of exclusion

  • 09-Apr-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Reading Indian minds

    he report said that readers in Surat, Bhubaneswar, Ernakulam, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam bought more books than readers in Indore, Raipur, Mysuru, Kanpur and Dehradun

  • 28-Mar-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Nilanjana S Roy: Letting go

    Atul Gawande wrote about this movingly in Being Mortal, reflecting that though modern medicine had changed people's life expectancies and the arc of ageing, we had lost the art of dying well

  • 26-Mar-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy

    Bhisham Sahni's truths

    Sahni's hard-wrested knowledge that violence is learned behaviour, that riots are planned, manufactured events, should haunt and warn us of what lies ahead

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