Simar Bhasin

‘In rooms where people are alone’: Amanthi Harris on home and belonging, and writing in an era of global climate change

Debut novelist Amanthi Harris shares her idea of home and belonging, and on writing in an era of global climate change.

24 Feb 2020

‘Going back to books’: Ann Patchett on The Dutch House, and reviving the bookstore culture

Ann Patchett is at her elegant best in her new novel, The Dutch House, and she's also a shining beacon for the cause of reviving the bookstore culture.

25 Jan 2020

‘Humour too relies on chaos’: A chat with Lucy Ellmann on her book, Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport has quickly become the talk of literary circles, with ready comparisons being drawn to Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.

29 Nov 2019

'Women rarely get their due': A chat with Shiromi Pinto on her novel, Plastic Emotions

Shiromi Pinto’s much-talked-about novel, Plastic Emotions happened ‘rather by accident’, the London-based author tells us.

12 Nov 2019

'Kite Runner meets Brokeback Mountain': Is Carpet Weaver the catalyst for a gay-friendly planet?

Debut author Nemat Sadat’s The Carpet Weaver has been making waves and gathering rave reviews across the board.

04 Nov 2019

‘Emphasising loot and plunder by the British’: William Dalrymple chats about The Anarchy

William Dalrymple's The Anarchy is his fourth book, based on a historical period that he says has always attracted him and yet, according to him, has remained a very under-studied period.

26 Oct 2019

Interview: Shunali Khullar Shroff on ‘the loves and lives of the upper crust of Bombay society’

Shunali Khullar Shroff’s Love in the Time of Affluenza is all about the rich and the fabulous who form Mumbai’s one per cent elite.

09 Aug 2019

The walk of life: Nigerian Booker-winner Ben Okri on poetry, his mother’s stories, and a new novel

Booker Prize winner Ben Okri from Nigeria chats about poetry, his mother’s stories, and a new novel that’s already being hailed as the year’s finest.

16 Jul 2019

On a fever pitch: Vikram Paralkar compiles ‘imagined, surreal diseases’ in The Afflictions

A book of ‘imagined, surreal diseases’ in Renaissance-era Europe sits at the heart of Vikram Paralkar’s The Afflictions.

16 Jul 2019

If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi: Neel Patel on short stories and hyphenated identities

LA-based writer Neel Patel says his new collection of short stories emerged from a need for visibility.

16 Jul 2019

A summer romance: Talking about first love, desire and sexuality with Andre Aciman

André Aciman’s upcoming follow-up to his 2007 novel, Call Me by Your Name, is among the biggest talking points in the literary world this year.

16 Jul 2019

The isle of lost souls: A full-length chat with Amitav Ghosh on his new book, Gun Island

An interaction with Amitav Ghosh, who was recently awarded the Jnanpith award, and has also released a new saga, named Gun Island

26 Jun 2019

Beyond the big screen: Vivaan Shah on his debut novel, Living Hell, and next film project

Naseeruddin Shah’s son Vivaan talks about his debut novel, Living Hell, and his next film project.

29 Mar 2019

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni offers a voice for Sita in The Forest of Enchantments

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is back with another mythological retelling, and this time, it is of Sita telling her own story in The Forest of Enchantments.

12 Feb 2019

The desi Bard: Jonathan Gil Harris goes from 'firangi writer' to an Indian in Masala Shakespeare

Jonathan Gil Harris decodes the popular appeal of Shakespeare’s classic works for Indian mass audiences in Masala Shakespeare: How A Firangi Writer became Indian.

21 Jan 2019

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