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Pagoda Tree: Eighteenth century intrigue

The life of a devadasi in British India is chronicled in this interesting historical novel, writes CHITRA SUDARSHAN

Aaya re aaya, bookwallah aaya!

Four enterprising writers traverse Australia peddling treasures of Australian and Indian literature, writes JYOTI SHANKAR

Memories of former Fiji

A vanished world comes alive for Fiji Indians at Blacktown book launch, writes ASHA CHAND

He ain't heavy, he's my brother

Two brothers aim to achieve their dreams, through personal sacrifice and unshakeable determination, writes CHITRA SUDARSHAN

Tired echoes, heard before

Khaled Hosseini’s latest offering has a few gems but less of the power and subtlety of his past novels, writes BHAVIN RAVAL

Assertive musings from Mishra at SWF

Novelist Pankaj Mishra discusses the impact of Western influences on early Asian intellectuals and its current day implications, writes CHRISTOPHER CYRILL

William Dalrymple: Afghanistan archivist at SWF

William Dalrymple speaking at the SWF recounts the British’s botched attempt at mastering Afghanistan, writes CHRISTOPHER CYRILL

Truths about tribes and trafficking

Two powerful books highlight very real problems, glossed over in the euphoria of India’s growth, writes CHITRA SUDARSHAN

Popular Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's novel is still a hit 200 years later, with observations that are still relevant today, writes NIMA MENON

Hey diddle diddle

CHITRA SUDARSHAN reviews an engaging Sylheti immigrant family saga, which is reminiscent of a Jane Austen novel