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Vortex: Bhola cyclone saga that changed Bangladesh's histo...

How much power does a piece of literature or film possess? The answer is found during the legendary scene of Pather Panchali, the magn...

Booker prize goes to Sri Lankan political satire

Shehan Karunatilaka, author. Photo: Dominic Sansoni Sri Lankan novelist Shehan Karunatilaka has won the 2022 Booker Prize for his...

Annie Ernaux wins the Nobel prize in literature for 2022

Annie ernaux is surely the only winner of the Nobel prize in literature to have written nostalgically—even ecstatically&mdas...

Fighting for an India Under Communal Assault

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari. Photo: Reuters The spirited intellectual response to the communal poison trying to wipe out a...

Booker Prize 2022 shortlist: A reader’s introduction to th...

The 2022 Booker Prize shortlist. From a longlist of 13 books, the Booker Prizes announced its shortlist of six novels on...

The Hindutva growth story

Photo: Reuters/Ajay Verma In his review of Yogendra Yadav’s latest book, Ramachandra Guha makes a striking observation...

As Seagull Books turns 40, Naveen Kishore explains the wor...

Naveen Kishore, founder, Seagull Books. Illustration: Binay Sinha In the sweltering heat of peak April, I have a breakfast meeting...

Penang's architectural gems collected in new book

Dr Jon Lim's second book, The Penang House: Rise Of The Malaysian Architect, 1887-2017, has just been released in bookstores. PH...

Remembering Sara Suleri who knew the importance of peace b...

Sara Suleri (June 1953 - March 2022) Photo: Twitter/@FarooqiMehr “Aur bataiye” – tell me more – a polite i...

‘For a Muslim in this country, justice is utopian’: Aasif...

Delhi police personnel detaining the student protestors who were marching to the Parliament. (Photo by Farhan Khan in 'Hum Dekhenge')...

India starts to talk about child sexual abuse

Rituparna Chatterjee's brave memoir "The Water Phoenix" has helped to bring the issue of child sexual abuse into the open in Ind...

The road to balance in Asia Pacific

One of the defining factors of twenty-first-century world politics is the yin-yang philosophy of China-US relations. This unique coupli...

Trauma lingers in novel about Sri Lanka's civil war

The legacy of Sri Lanka's civil war looms large in Anuk Arudpragasam's second book, "A Passage North," which has been longl...

The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam review – trouble in Utopi...

Tahmima Anam: ‘swipes at an industry in which innovation has far outpaced regulation’. Photograph: Abeer Y Hoque It&rs...

Unravelling controversial Tamil Nadu leader Karunanidhi’s...

In contrast to iconic Tamil Nadu leaders like K. Kamaraj or M.G. Ramachandran (MGR), who were invariably portrayed glowingly, Muthuvel...

Book review: Thai, Myanmar militaries bounded by politics,...

Myanmar's junta chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, presides over an Armed Forces Day parade in Naypyitaw on March 27....

A terrorist attack sparks the plot of Megha Majumdar’s pow...

“If the police didn’t help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn’t that mean that th...

The Myth of Henry Kissinger

Kissinger in 1972. Caption In 1952, at the age of twenty-eight, Henry Kissinger did what enterprising graduate students do wh...

Reading Myanmar—‘Miss Burma’ and the Liberal Conscience

Miss Burma (2017) by Charmaine Craig is a historical novel that tells the story of Burma from the perspective of a Karen family that wa...

This novel brings Burma to readers so authentically that i...

Burma Independence Army enters Rangoon, 1942 The Lacquered Curtain of Burma, Eugene Lawrence’s debut novel is, in parts, abo...

Peaceful trade relations between Lanka and the Arabs befor...

This book review examines the relations between ancient Sri Lanka and the Arab world as described in the book “Arabs of Serandib&...