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12-Aug-2018 | Nilanjana S Roy
Naipaul struggles with the difficulties of understanding cultures where the history is oral, not written
30-May-2017 | Nilanjana S Roy
Book review of 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'
30-May-2017 | Nilanjana S Roy
Nilanjana S Roy reviews The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
30-Jan-2017 | Nilanjana S Roy
Reading never died as a habit, despite the doomsayers, but it changed form
16-Jan-2017 | Nilanjana S Roy
Kyo Maclear's Birds Art Life is such an unusual memoir
02-Jan-2017 | Nilanjana S Roy
'Watership Down' remains one of the biggest bestsellers in the world
30-Dec-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy
From novel by Arundhati Roy to Nanavati case, 2017 offers a range of eclectic reading
19-Dec-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy
'The Undoing Project: The Friendship That Changed Our Minds' is an account of a truly remarkable partnership, set down in his trademark lucid and perceptive style
06-Dec-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy
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
'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
This column will point out gently that democracy is not an app
24-Oct-2016 | Nilanjana S Roy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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