‘I decided to figure out my faith’

Award-winning author and columnist Shoba Narayan is a graduate from the Columbia Journalism School with a Pulitzer Travelling Fellowship and writes on food, travel, fashion, and art and culture for a slew of International and Indian publications like the Conde Nast Traveller, NYT and Brunch. All her four books are firmly rooted in Indian culture,

‘Freedom In Exile’ Translated Into Assamese

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s second autobiography ‘Freedom in Exile’ has been translated into Assamese by eminent writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, a recipient of the Padma Shri, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said on Monday. Published by Bhaskar Dutta Baruah, the Assamese version of the book is titled ‘Prabasat Mukta’. First published in 1991

‘The Lost Homestead’: A Cathartic Narrative

A film on India’s last Viceroy triggered a series of journeys to the sub-continent as Marina Wheeler attempted to come to terms with its partition in 1947 and the trauma that it caused to her mother. In this she succeeded admirably but could be treading on thin ice when it comes to what exactly caused

Enriching Modern Literature With Poetic Expressions

As more and more female poets publish their works as collections and anthologies, it enriches modern literature with just as many voices and expressions of human emotions. Here are four Indian poetesses you need to discover: ‘The Stitched Heart’ by Neelam Saxena Chandra Life is bubble-box of experiences. Sometimes, you are victorious and your sheen

Exploring homosexual love in war-torn Afghanistan

Nemat Sadat, US-based Afghan-American activist and journalist, whose well-received debut novel ‘The Carpet Weaver’ explores homosexual love in the war-torn Afghanistan of 1970s, says his literary muse was his own rejection at the hand of most friends and family after coming out of the closet. In a chat with IANSlife, Sadat dives deep into the

‘I Enjoy Writing For Children’

A prolific author and philanthropist, Sudha Murty is quite content at often being addressed as “Mrs Narayana Murthy”, as she presides over the Rs 400 crore Infosys Foundation that works among the less privileged sections of society and practices what she preaches — that “money alone does not bring satisfaction” and that “satisfaction comes from

‘The South Caucasus’: A Bird’s Eye View Of Immensely Diverse Region

The timing could not have been more perfect: The South Caucasus: Transition from Subjugation to Independence by Ambassador Achal Kumar Malhotra, just published by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) not only plugs an important gap in domain knowledge in India, but becomes instantly compelling coming as it does against the Armenia-Azerbaijan war which

Sood Recounts Experience Through ‘I Am No Messiah’

 Actor Sonu Sood, who had earlier announced that he was writing a book recounting his experience of helping migrant workers during the Covid lockdown, has now revealed its title. Titled “I Am No Messiah”, the book will be written in first person, revealing the emotional challenges the actor faced while extending help. “People have been

PRINCESTAN: How Nehru, Patel And Mountbatten Made India

Winston Churchill’s diabolical plan for the vivisection of India into Hindustan, Pakistan, and Princestan roped in defiant princes like Nawab Hamidullah Khan of Bhopal who, as Chancellor of the Chamber of Princes, tried to build a consensus for the princes to stay out of a Congress-ruled India. What egged him on in his role as

Naoroji: A Chronicle Of The Pillar Of Indian Nationalism

Mahatma Gandhi called Dadabhai Naoroji the “father of the nation,” a title that today is reserved for Gandhi himself. Naoroji by Dinyar Patel examines the extraordinary life of this foundational figure in India’s modern political history, a devastating critic of British colonialism who served in Parliament as the first-ever Indian MP, forged ties with anti-imperialists around the