Masala murders from Mumbaistan

Thrillers with Indian twists, like Anita Nair's latest novel, are fetching mega bucks in the booming mass fiction market

Co-operative co-existence

Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor urges India to wield her soft power – but is this a glorified, yet impractical role?

An indictment of British colonialism

The book is a powerful commentary on the true nature of British occupation in Asia, writes MR NARAYAN SWAMY

Red hot chilli peppers

Indian artist Subodh Kerkar at Sculpture by the Sea 2012 The use of spices maybe the most distinguishing feature of Indian cuisine, but did you know, the spiciest of the spices, chilli, is not native...

Nothing like a father’s love for his daughter

AVI CHANDIOK on a daring new movie by SriLankan born film-maker Winston Furlong Writer-director Winston Furlong’s first feature film Taj premiered in Adelaide as part of the OzAsia Festival 2012. Winston is a deep-thinking writer...

Fearless Nadia dazzles again

LP AYER on the woman with whips, quips and swinging hips, brought alive by modern technology

Life, death and hope in Mumbai’s underbelly

CHITRA SUDARSHAN on Katherine Boo’s poignant book on the varied lives of dwellers in the Annawadi slum What is it about Mumbai that invites such ground-breaking and brilliant works of non-fiction? From Suketu Mehta’s...

Driving to relax? As if!

Getting behind the wheel can be quite a traumatic experience, writes RANI JHALA My friend and I got our driving licences on the same day. She gave up driving two years later, after getting seriously...

Literary talkfest opens up virgin terrain

UWS hosts inaugural Indo-Aust writers’ meet. USHA R ARVIND reports

Perceptions of PAssION

Nafisa Naomi’s artworks explore the depths of passion, reports JYOTI SHANKAR I first met Nafisa Naomi in March 2010, when she had just won the Packing Room Prize for her painting of Glenn A Baker...