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Cross Your Heart, Take My Name by Novoneel Chakraborty: A review

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  Cross Your Heart, Take My Name is a rare Indian book to explore the psychological impact of social media, especially Instagram. Garv Roy Gill and...

My Encounter With Terrorists That Night: 26-11 Taj attack hero writes

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  On the night of the 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy (MARCOS) entered the Taj, one of the places...
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on ‘The Last Queen’ and women empowerment

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  Reading about the Kohinoor diamond and how it was taken by the British from Maharaja Dalip Singh and given to Queen Victoria, writer Chitra...

4 Indian female poets you need to read

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As more and more female poets publish their works as collections and anthologies, modern Indian literature is enriched with diverse voices and expressions of...
illustrations of indian kids in the ickabog

8 Indian and 6 Oz kids help illustrate JK Rowling’s new book

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  J.K. Rowling's latest offering The Ickabog has fired up the imaginations of young readers worldwide, with 18,000 responses to a competition (for the 7-to-12...

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar on “Girls and the City” and #MeToo

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A trained engineer who went to IIM Calcutta, left a decade-long corporate career, and completed a Creative Writing course in the US, Manreet Sodhi...

Red Fear – The China Threat: Disputes and dominance (Review)

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Red Fear: The China Threat delves into history as it traces the genesis of the present troubles. A homily uttered over a century ago...

The Incredible History Of The Indian Ocean (Book Review)

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The Indian Ocean is an ocean as vast as the sub-continent whose name it bears, encompassing Asia to the north, Australia to the east,...
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Azadi: Brooding yet biting articles by Arundhati Roy (Review)

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When Arundhati Roy’s first novel God Of Small Things was published in 1997, it won the Booker Prize and made her an overnight celebrity....

Mission Bengal: How the state went from ‘Laal Salaam’ to ‘Jai Shri Ram’

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"Mission Bengal: A saffron experiment" by Snigdhendu Bhattacharya is an in-depth look at how Bengal went from 'Laal Salaam' to 'Jai Shri Ram' in...

It’s been a long, difficult journey: Booker longlisted author Avni Doshi

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It‘s been a "long and difficult" journey spread over seven years and eight drafts, says author Avni Doshi, whose novel Burnt Sugar, about a...

Partition Voices: Untold British Stories (Excerpt)

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Poonam was the main one in her family in whom her mother confided. The stories started when Poonam was just a child; she thinks...

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company (Excerpt)

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One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: loot. According to the Oxford English...

Khooni Vaisakhi: A Poem from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919 (Excerpt)

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Like birds from the woods, they flocked togetherSo the hawk could have his fill, my friends.To quench Dyer’s deadly thirstWith streams of blood their...

Book Review: Into the Suburbs

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Christopher Raja’s Into the Suburbs, a biographical text detailing the author’s early life in India, upbringing and young adulthood in Melbourne, and ruminations on...
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Visiting the birthplace of Isaac Newton

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I love exploring Europe where every step has history. In London, Paris and Vienna I have visited memorials to scientists, poets and thinkers....

On Amish Tripathi’s new book 'Legend of Suheldev'

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In what is set to enthuse his readers, bestselling author and now director of London’s Nehru Centre, Amish Tripathi launched his new book Legend...

On Amish Tripathi’s new book ‘Legend of Suheldev’

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In what is set to enthuse his readers, bestselling author and now director of London’s Nehru Centre, Amish Tripathi launched his new book Legend...

Pride Month: Know more with Audiobooks and shows

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Pride is full of colours, sounds and a whole lot of character. In celebration of Pride, here's a round-up of some essential LGBTQIA+ audiobooks...

Books to read during Pride Month

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Traditionally, LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations in June - marked to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots - include pride parades, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts,...
Javed Akhtar: Deeply honoured to receive Richard Dawkins Award 2020

Javed Akhtar: Deeply honoured to receive Richard Dawkins Award 2020

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Popular writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar is honoured to receive the Richard Dawkins Award 2020. He says that to have his name included in the list...
J.K. Rowling's 'The Ickabog

J.K. Rowling's 'The Ickabog' bedtime stories released online

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Breaking new ground, J.K. Rowling, the creator of the immensely popular Harry Potter series, on Tuesday launched the online serialisation of a new 34-part...

'The Hunger Games' prequel novel launches in India

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Coming as a prequel to the cinematically-adapted worldwide bestselling 'The Hunger Games' series by author Suzanne Collins, a new novel 'The Ballad of Songbirds...

Indian publishers plan for a post-pandemic world

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In a post-pandemic world, some of the challenges that Indian publishing houses are considering include the discoverability of new books, sustaining reading as a...

Gulzar curates ‘a poem a day’ book of Indian poetry

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Gulzar, one of India’s leading writers, has curated a book of 365 poems for every day of the year. The collection will feature the works of...
The ‘146 Fairwater Boulevard Free Fun Library’, a new community venture, is the first of its kind in Blacktown.

Blacktown’s first free street library

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A street library has been launched at 146 Fairwater Boulevard, Blacktown – breathing new life into a love for books and community. Called the ‘146...
On China and India in a dominant Asia

On China and India in a dominant Asia

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On China and India in a dominant Asia
SALMA SHAH on Glass Walls: Stories of Tolerance and Intolerance, an anthology of stories from India and Australia.

Glass Walls: A Book Review

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SALMA SHAH on Glass Walls: Stories of Tolerance and Intolerance, an anthology of stories from India and Australia.
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Aadhaar, hartal feature in Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary

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Aadhaar and hartal are among the 26 new Indian-English words that feature among the staggering 86,000 words in the 10th edition of the world-renowned...
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Twinkle Khanna's book wins at 17th Crossword awards

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Twinkle Khanna's fiction novel 'Pyjamas are Forgiving' has won the Crossword Book Award (Popular) for Fiction for last year. Speaking at the 17th edition of...

Podcasts

Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

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To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

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  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

Latest News

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Guru Nanak Chair set up at Canada’s Concordia University

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To mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, the Concordia University in Montreal has set up a...

Cross Your Heart, Take My Name by Novoneel Chakraborty: A review

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  Cross Your Heart, Take My Name is a rare Indian book to explore the psychological impact of social media, especially Instagram. Garv Roy Gill and...
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Indian farmers continue protest for seventh day as diaspora joins in

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  As protests against three controversial agriculture laws gain momentum in India, many questions have been raised about the impact of these reforms. There’s growing...