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GUEST COLUMN: THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE/HIKIKOMORI or THE MODERN-DAY HERMITS

Pulling inwards: The modern-day hermits Hikikomori is a severe withdrawal from love, from life, from people. By Sheila Kumar   The concepts have come from Japan, wrapped in words, sometimes uplifting, sometimes baneful. There is Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, an abstraction every bit as delightful as it sounds. There is Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery…

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Brief Takes: Aranyaka by Amruta Patil and Devdutt Pattanaik

The year is yet young but ARANYAKA  (Tranquebar Books) is for me, the best read of 2020, so far. This wonderful 2019 collab by Amruta Patil and Devdutt Pattanaik (story and art by the former, based on concepts by the latter)   pulls you into the heart of the forest from the very first page and…

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Brief Takes: Whisper in the Wind by Venita Coelho

This book is a cracker of a Gothic tale even as the actual nature of the story comes wrapped in gauze. Is it a (tender) ghost story? Is it a (macabre) murder mystery? Is it a (richly) atmospheric thriller? Well,  simply put,  it`s all of these and  some. Love, betrayal, heartbreak,  revenge, intrigue; chatelaines and…

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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/POSTSCRIPT by CECILIA AHERN

A measured  journey of picking up the pieces and carrying on Cecilia Ahern debuted with PS I Love You in 2004,  which went on to be No 1 on the bestseller lists in Ireland, the UK and across the pond, in the US too; win awards and get adapted into a movie with Hollywood stars…

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GUEST COLUMN: THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE/MILLENNIALS AND THEIR MORALS

Home  Magazine  Voices The morals of the millennial Published: 16th February 2020 Where there are millennials, there must be Baby Boomers. In fact, a congregation of Baby Boomers, shaking their head censoriously, waggling disparaging fingers, muttering sibilantly and not always below their breath. Just what is bothering all these Boomer uncles and aunties? Many things, actually; but…

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Brief takes: In Search of Heer by Manjul Bajaj

Having decided on a retelling of the fable of Heer and Ranjha, writer Manjul Bajaj has dipped her pen verily in a lyrical stream. Lushly packed with evocative descriptions of young men and old, of nubile girls and timorous old women, of men with evil on their mind, a swiftly flowing river, cattle both fine…

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PHOTO FEATURE: SNAPS FROM THE TIMES LIT FEST, BANGALORE, FEB 2020

So, it was mighty fun, the session on Sex, Marriage & Morality at the Times Lit Fest. Despite the fact that I had to live down the descriptor `renowned` which the PR people handling the fest chose for me. Which was rather like saying `world-famous- in- east-Bangalore-SK!` We managed to draw a full house, an…

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Brief Takes: A Step Away From Paradise by Thomas Shor

A Step Away From Paradise by Thomas Shor (Penguin Ananda Books) We have been taught from the earliest age to separate fact from fiction. We can read Alice in Wonderland, marvel at it yet know Wonderland doesn’t really exist. We suspend  the line between fact and fiction, and we assume that is what Lewis Carroll…

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LITERARY REVIEW: THE SWAP BY SHUMA RAHA

                                                  DARK ROMANCE | REVIEWS Love, sex and dhokha: Review of Shuma Raha’s ‘The Swap’ ‘Soon to be a major web series,’ a blurb announces on the cover of The Swap by…

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Brief Takes: The Sixth Finger by Malayatoor Ramakrishnan

 The Sixth Finger: Malayatoor Ramakrishnan, translated from Malayalam by Prema Jayakumar Publisher: Ratna Books Genre: Fiction Extent: 372pp Price: Rs 399   You would imagine that the origin story of a nascent godman would make for a compelling read. This, unfortunately, is not entirely the case here. Malayatoor Ramakrishnan`s protagonist Vedaraman is introduced to the…

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