Did that light your fire?

Indian writings of pleasurable things between the pages win Bad Sex Awards for all the wrong reasons, reports LENA PEACOCK

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

Ties that bind

SALMA SHAH reviews Perth writer Suparna Chatterjee’s debut novel, A Dozen Stories in a Tale

Crimes and intrigues in the Raj

1920s India is an unlikely setting for crime fiction, but British writer Barbara Cleverly has been quite successful with her Joe Sandilands series, writes VIKAS DATTA

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

Indian Link's Top 5 Picks for Sydney Writers' Festival

Check out the best places to be at the 2014 Sydney Writers' Festival.

Moghul meals

This British mem could teach you a thing or two about Indian cooking, writes RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA

Not pretty, but always beautiful

ROANNA GONSALVES’ tribute to the ‘son of a gun’, now immortalised through his writing

Wry, ironic, but one-dimensional

A succinctly written novel unfolds the not-uncommon life of people in a mohalla, writes CHITRA SUDARSHAN

Book review: Is there an alternative to democracy?

Why democracy does not always lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty. By SUKRIT SABHLOK