Simar Bhasin

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

Deep, Dhaka secrets: Nadeem Zaman on his debut novel, In the Time of the Others

Nadeem Zaman takes us through erstwhile East Pakistan, during the turmoil-ridden year of 1971.

21 Jan 2019

The name of the prose: Zuni Chopra deconstructs fairytales in The Island of the Day Before

Zuni Chopra's new anthology deconstructs popular fairytales with a modern take. 

25 Sep 2018

Gone with the war: Deborah Baker weaves history, intrigue and politics in The Last Englishmen

The Last Englishmen weaves together history, intrigue and politics to recreate an era of conflicts and paradoxes. 

25 Sep 2018

Let the truth be told: Suzanne Franco recounts inspiring story of Valliamma Mudaliar

Suzanne Franco recounts the inspiring real-life story of a young girl in Gandhi’s South African Satyagraha force.

21 Sep 2018

All in the family: Rukmini Varma's Hidden Truth pays homage to Raja Ravi Varma

Rukmini Varma keeps things in the family, with a homage to Raja Ravi Varma.

21 Sep 2018

Queen of queens: Ruby Lal revisits the life and times of Mughal Empress, Nur Jahan

Ruby Lal re-creates the fascinating life and times of the Mughal Empress, Nur Jahan.

19 Sep 2018

Kama chameleon: Vir Das' sister Trisha intertwines history and romance in her new book

Comedian Vir Das’ sister, author and filmmaker Trisha Das, tells a story of love and intimacy in her new book.

19 Sep 2018

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