A Silk Road spine-tingler

John Pollard’s In Search of Shipki La is a thrilling mystery that looks into the disappearance of a man on the hippie trail of the 60s, writes CHITRA SUDARSHAN

JLF Conversations: On women, gender, travel and poetry

JLF comes to Melbourne and brings its unique and frank discussions on context, culture and history, writes APARNA ANANTHUNI

The Secret of Jahanara Begum

An excerpt from ARUNDHATI ROY’s book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Protecting our freedom of expression

Sydney writers express solidarity for the beleaguered Tamil author Perumal Murugan. NANDITHA SURESH reports

Finding new links in old stories

Translating Aboriginal stories into Tamil, Mathalai Somu discovers deep-rooted similarities as well as new pathways for preserving ancient cultures, writes ROYSTON REBELLO

Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ to have all non-white cast

The BBC is adapting Indian-origin author Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy' as its first period drama featuring an entirely non-white cast

Of loot, massacres and exploitation: The legacy of the Raj

SAKET SUMAN reviews Shashi Tharoor’s new book, An Era of Darkness, based on his celebrated speech at an Oxford Union debate that went viral on the internet
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A slice of Goa in the 60s

A novel looks at the tiny state’s history during a tumultuous time, writes MAYABHUSHAN NAGVENKAR

Geek Sublime vs the scribe

Novelist and coder Vikram Chandra spins a web of programmer’s yarn with fellow geek Adam Spencer at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, reports LENA PEACOCK

Written in the stars

Inspired by Hindu mythology, ‘The Star-Touched Queen’ is the first in a new series by New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi, writes BEHESHTA WASSEH