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Anna Funder on Christina Stead

Australian genius Christina Stead showed me what a novel is for. Anna Funder   Only children can see their parents from the inside. This is what novelists never grow out of: sitting quietly in the corner pretending to read, ears aflap  getting the inside running on life. I remember my mother having some R-rated conversation […]

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Harsingar – Amitava Kumar

Harsingar Catapult – Feb 29th, 2016 “I didn’t want him to be the one who was disrobing Zeenat Aman. No one who was even half-literate in Hindi in the early seventies would have missed the short story “Bungalow Number 43.” The story’s author was Satyadev. His real name was Akhilesh Jha and he was the […]

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Requiem for the BDD Chawls – Kiran Nagarkar

Requiem for the BDD Chawls Kiran Nagarkar (Originally pulished in The Hindu on Jan 24th, 2016) Illustration – Satwik Gade It appears that by now it’s well nigh impossible to de-link my two protagonists, Ravan and Eddie from CWD Chawl Number 17 in the public imagination. But the mother of all the chawls in Mumbai has […]

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Literature Live! Creative Writing Contest – Story and Poetry Writing

Literature Live! is excited to announce the second edition of our Creative Writing Contest – Story and Poetry Writing! Come on over and show off the writer that lives inside you. – Participants will be given on the spot prompts which have to be woven into their writing. – You must be aged 16 or […]

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On Stage – September’ 16 : Anil Dharker

In her younger days, my sister Minal Dharker was an accomplished Bharat Natyam dancer. Watching her practice, rehearse and perform with her guru, Kubernath Tanjorkar, I became reasonably familiar with the idiom of Bharat Natyam. Inevitably, the family ended up watching other dance forms too: Kathak, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Kathakali, Mohini Attam . . . I […]

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Bombay Diary 19th August – Financial Chronicles : Anil Dharker

Regular readers of this column will know that Literature Live!, the little organisation I started, runs the annual Mumbai International Literary Festival every November. In addition, there are fortnightly Literature Live! Evenings when writers talk about their new books, or about ideas. There’s also the annual Independence Lecture, which is presented by JSW and held […]

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LL!360 @campus

Students at SNDT College, Churchgate were delighted to be introduced to Literature Live! workshop on Narrative Conflict. Despite the capacity of 25 people, double the number showed up, actively participating in the workshop.

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LL!360 @campus

Students at St. Andrews were delighted to be introduced to Literature Live! workshop on Narrative Conflict. Despite the capacity of 25 people, double the number showed up, actively participating in the workshop.

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Bombay Diary – 12th August

To those who are disappointed with India`s Olympic performance, I would say only one thing: what were you expecting? If you know anything about world standards in athletics and field games, you know that our chances were next to nil to start with. The great Milkha Singh and P T Usha both came fourth, which […]

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Asian Age/ Deccan Chronicles – 8th August

In Bihar, drinking liquor is worse than terror,rape or murder. If that sounds like an outlandish statement, consider the Bihar Excise (Amendment) Act, 2016 and the revised Bihar Special Courts Act through which special courts will now be appointed to deal with prohibition offences. There are no special courts for terror, rape or murder. Yes […]

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On Stage – August’16 : Anil Dharker

Stratford upon Avon in the summer of 2016 is the place to be. After all, this is Shakespeare’s birthplace and this is the 400th anniversary of his death. The Bard, as Shakespeare is universally known, lived a reasonably comfortable life judging from his parental home which is here, as well as his wife, Anne Hathaway’s […]

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