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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...
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Fiji-Baat: A children’s series about language and identity

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  Before we got to Fiji, I had never really talked to Nana. Mum would sometimes give me the phone to say hello. I would...
Front cover of 'The Big Book of Festivals'. Source: Hachette Australia

The Big Book of Festivals: a children’s guide to global cultures

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  “Vedhika and Ayaan light diyas, thought to help guide the goddess Lakshmi into people’s homes, bringing fortune and luck.” “Kareem wishes his grandfather Eid Mubarak...
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Ruskin Bond: A new anthology to mark 87th birthday

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  India’s best-known writer of children’s stories, Ruskin Bond, turns 87 next week on 19 May. To mark the occasion, he’s releasing an anthology of...
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Book Review: ‘Death in Colaba Bay’ by Ambika Subramanian

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  As the popular saying goes, ‘Mumbai is a city, Bombay is an emotion’ - and in Ambika Subramanian’s debut novel, it’s a feeling that...
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Book Review: ‘Check-in Checkout’ by Keran Pantth Joshi

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  Most of us have fond memories of our travels, but what if your dream holiday turned into your worst nightmare? A new horror book...
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Silver Lining by Anu Shivaram: A review

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  A young Indian man in Sydney brings home an Indigenous-Australian girlfriend. A fresh-off-the-boat 7-year-old is bullied at school. An Indian-Australian couple who have travelled to India...
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Khooni Vaisakhi: Poem from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919

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  In a moving piece of Punjabi literature, this is Khooni Vaisakhi, a narrative poem by prominent Punjabi writer Nanak Singh. It’s an account of...
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Star of Anise: A picture book about Australia’s early Indian hawkers

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  Annie could hear Bhagwan Singh’s wagon before she could see it. It jingled and jangled with its pots and pans as it came down...
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Meet 7 yr old published author, Aahana Chakraborty

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  Meet our community’s youngest author, seven-year-old Aahana Chakraborty. The Year 2 student has just published her first picture book Buzzz… The Adventures of Lily and...
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‘Sita: Now You Know Me’ by Sini Panicker

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  When Indian American writer Sini Panicker, a trained chemist who is a heroin profiler for the US government, began her research into the Ramayana...
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Book Review: ‘Ritu weds Chandni’ by Ameya Narvankar

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  "But what is wrong with that? Why shouldn't she marry Chandni didi?," asks Ayesha, the young protagonist in Ameya Narvankar's Ritu weds Chandni. The innocent...

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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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#MyWork: Prison officer Gurpreet Singh

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  Sydney’s GURPREET SINGH tells RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA about his work with Corrective Services NSW. My job title Deputy Superintendent Classifications and Placement, at the Silverwater Correctional...
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Review: Bhaukaal season 2 (MX Player)

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  There is no pre-defined meaning to the title, 'Bhaukaal', but colloquially in the local North Indian lingo, it egoistically means "in one's own style,...

Auntyji on the ethics of cross-racial surrogacy

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  Dear Auntyji I don’t know if you have watched a Hindi film on surrogacy on Netflix called Mimi, but I have a question for you...