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6 books about the climate crisis that offer hope

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  Coral bleaching, floods, bushfire, biodiversity decline and extinction – as we witness the effects of climate change, amid a stream of reports warning of...

Kasturba Gandhi’s diary brings her voice to the foreground of history

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  A century-and-a-half after her birth, "The Lost Diary of Kastur, My Ba" (HarperCollins) by her great-grandson Tushar Gandhi finally presents Kasturba as her own...
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Emie Roy’s ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel’

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  The most poignant stories in new anthology The Light at the End of the Tunnel, a book of pandemic reflections, are those that are...
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Three new books by Sydney Srinivas

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  In a wonderful hattrick, Sydney-based writer Dr Karkenahalli (Sydney) Srinivas launched three books this month. These include Charles Darwin, a biography in English (Prism Book...
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Long reads. Or, big fat books

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  Many online articles (this one included) tell you upfront the time it will take to read them. This feature is a telling indictment of our...

Geetanjali Shree’s ‘Tomb of Sand’ 1st translation from Hindi in Booker Prize shortlist

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  Critically acclaimed author Geetanjali Shree‘s novel Tomb of Sand, translated from the Hindi by Daisy Rockwell, has been shortlisted for this year‘s International Booker...
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A new book on optimising the military’s disaster responses

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  The Australian Defence Force has had a busy few years on the home front, stepping in to assist after the Black Summer bushfires, helping...
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Ishan Khosla wins Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize for ‘Kintsugi’

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  'Kintsugi' is the ancient Japanese art of mending broken objects with gold, and designer Ishan Khosla has delicately woven this concept into the jacket...
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Love and its recent Indian literary manifestations

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  Love is the most cherished, yet complex, not to mention a much misunderstood, human emotion. It can make one person break out in song...

Metronama by Rashmi Sadana: Of Delhi life, through Delhi Metro

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  When an urban anthropologist from a top US university casts her trained eye on the Delhi Metro and goes into its social dimensions and...
(left) Writer Kiran Manral with her latest book 'More Things in Heaven and Earth'. (right)The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

Not just saucy stories: Indian erotic literature and its significance

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  "Murder is a crime. Describing murder is not. Sex is not a crime. Describing sex is," American cultural critic Gershon Legman said in 1949,...
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BOOK REVIEW: Life after Ali by Rashida Tayabali

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  The story begins with Tasneem, a mother of two adolescent children, attending her husband Ali’s funeral at a mosque in Sydney. Ali’s sudden and untimely...
'Ganga's Choice and Other Stories' by Vasanthi. Source: IANS

REVIEW: “Ganga’s Choice and Other Stories” by Vaasanthi

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  How free are women to make their own choices in the circumstances in which they find themselves? How do ordinary citizens become caught in...
Sudeep Chakravarti's 'The Eastern Gate: War and Peace in Nagaland, Manipur, and India's Far East'. Source: IANS

‘The Eastern Gate’ critical to understanding politics behind conflicts in northeast

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  The recent killings of civilians in Nagaland in an army operation gone awry has led to renewed debate over the controversial Armed Forces (Special...

Zoe and Zara Wadekar, 7, debut as authors

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  “I was out for a walk when I saw a bee, and I immediately had a story idea that I wanted to write out,”...
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For Melb writer Vignesha Vishwanathan, 17, the main characters are numbers

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  In Melbourne student Vignesha Vishwanathan’s new book, Pi is a little ‘numberling’ who lives in Numberville. While the kids at school enjoy pulling each other’s...
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Kumar Mehta’s ‘The Exceptionals’: how the best become the best

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  There are the achievers and there are the exceptionals. In his first book, The Innovation Biome, Kumar Mehta, one of whose many hats is...
A Colour-Coated Identity by Bala Mudaly. Image supplied

REVIEW: Colour-Coated Identity

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  They say everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes that story is funny; in other instances, tragic. But the joy of hearing that story...

On Chint Singh, a World War II POW rescued by the Australian Army

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  In late September 1945, at the end of World War II, Lt F.O. Monk of the Australian Army helped rescue a group of Indian...

Being a ‘Chutney Mary’ and an unlikely romance with India (Book Review)

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  For Melbourne-based social and political researcher Valerie Britton-Wilson, India has long held inexplicable allure. In her latest book A Touch of India she details...
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John Lang, Rani Laxmibai’s Aussie attorney against the British (review)

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  John Lang, In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi and Other Travels in India, Speaking Tiger, 2015; Rupa Publications 2016.  Har-Anand publications 2015;...
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From an Indian Palace to the Outback: The Last Prince of Bengal (Review)

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  The Last Prince of Bengal is the intriguing true story of one of India’s most powerful royal families. It’s a fascinating tale about Nawab...
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Book Review: Waiting for Turtles by Pankaj Sekhsaria

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  Children's publishing house Karadi Tales has brought out an illustrated book to raise awareness about the oldest group of reptiles, turtles through a story...
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The Visnu Purana by McComas Taylor

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  The Vishnu Purana was the earliest Purana to be translated from the Sanskrit and published in English, in 1840, by H H Wilson. An important Pancharatra text...
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Dr McComas Taylor: Translating the Vishnu Purana into English

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  McComas Taylor first felt drawn to Sanskrit when he saw Peter Brook’s television production The Mahabharata in the late 1980s. Today, as an academic at...

Untold stories from the Raj era

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  So many stories about India’s independence movement and partition still remain hidden, unsung and untold. So, it is with delight that I came upon...

‘Tagore’s books were way ahead of their time’

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Although it was Kabuliwalah that drew her closer to Tagore, it was his words about the emancipation of women in the 19th century that really resonated with Radha.
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Book Review: The Snow Line by Tessa McWatt

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  At its core, Tessa McWatt’s The Snow Line is a book about belonging. It conveys a message that many migrants to Australia will understand...
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3 ‘killer’ books to read this weekend

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  We present to you, three books that have something to do with ‘killing’ - one way or another! Amnesty by Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga’s new novel,...
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A tribute to the food of Kolkata by Mohona Kanjilal

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  Mohona Kanjilal’s latest book, A Taste of Time: A Food History of Calcutta (Speaking Tiger), is a love letter to a city. Even as she explores...

Podcasts

Let’s Talk Boosters: Indian Link podcast

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  In LET'S TALK BOOSTERS, a new podcast series by Indian Link, host Ekta Sharma quizzes Dr Kritman Dhamoon of Blacktown Hospital Sydney about booster...
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‘Serving the community’: COVID testing in remote NSW

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  The past two years have been a rollercoaster of COVID-19 related turmoil; from isolating lockdowns, closed borders, to trying to help Indians in the...

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

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  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...
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Latest News

India, Australia review cooperation under Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

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  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on Tuesday reviewed the multi-dimensional cooperation under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Cooperation under the partnership...
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Hiyaan Kapil, 5, dies hours after being discharged from QLD hospital

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  A review will be launched by the local health department of Logan, Queensland after a young boy died hours after being discharged from the...
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Labor’s better: Year 5 student’s view

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  As the 2022 Australian election looms, Australia has a choice: Liberals and Scott Morrison OR Labor and Anthony Albanese. I argue that Labor deserves...