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Aditya Mani Jha

Aditya Mani Jha

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Writer works at Penguin Random House India. The views expressed here are his own.

By Aditya Mani Jha

Why it's important to temper the 'greatness' of VS Naipaul with a dose of reality

While the political faces of bigotry today seem cartoonish and crude, they are backed by a philosophy of hatred that's fast getting normalised.

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On Bhavesh Joshi, and why writing a realistic Indian vigilante is an uphill task

Hint: You can’t be a superhero if you’re scrounging for rent.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth's death marks the birth of a new era

Literature will no longer be dominated by straight white men only.

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Why we must not let physical books die

Physical books are up against a powerful, endlessly seductive force: tech culture.

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Why we must watch Pari - it could have been so much worse

In true Bollywood fashion, it goes ahead and sacrifices everything at the altar of romantic, heteronormative love.

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How Charles Manson, leader of murderous '60s cult, influenced pop culture

It's interesting to see how certain books, films and songs shaped the serial killer and how he shaped some of them.

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Sea Oak is another example of how TV shows are turning to literature

While Amazon debuted the TV adaptation of George Saunders' short story, Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace is being adapted as Netflix series.

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Laakhon Mein Ek is brilliant, but no genius takedown of IIT coaching nightmare

The Amazon Prime Original series is created by Biswa Kalyan Rath, a stand-up comedian who went to an IIT himself.

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Why Kazuo Ishiguro deserves Nobel Prize in Literature

No other writer has done so much with so little by way of conventional authorial pyrotechnics.

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IIT Kanpur needs to call out ragging and sexual abuse on campus

At least 22 second-year students verbally and sexually abused a group of juniors on campus earlier this month.

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Why we need to read Vikram Seth

The author and poet is, above all, a humanist who places individual agency above established systems of collective behaviour.

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Why The Man Booker Prize went to Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings is a monstrously entertaining novel.

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Unruly Cuttack crowd shows a sad face of Indian cricket fans

For followers of the gentleman's game, the circus at the Barabati stadium came as a bit of a blast from the past.

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2015 Man Booker Prize shortlist: What to read

The winner will be announced on October 13.

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Taseer versus Dalrymple: Top recent Indian literary spats

Five plots, a few bad characters and a twist in the tale.

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How did we miss this? Sushmita Sen's comeback in a stunning film

The former Miss Universe brings her A-game to the challenging screenplay of the recent avant-garde Bengali film, 'Nirbaak'.

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Five most underrated Ram Guha books you must read

The acclaimed historian, who recently won Japan's Fukuoka Prize, has produced seminal work much before the publication of 'India After Gandhi'.

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Why IITs are scared of any student rebellion

Decades of treating students like cattle made them forget that sometimes, it's preferable to have an honest discussion on an equal footing.

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The real magic of Amitav Ghosh

His body of work is one of the strongest examples that subcontinental literature has moved out of Salman Rushdie’s shadow.

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Kiran Nagarkar saw it in 1978, how writers and artists will kiss ass

'Bedtime Story', inspired by the Mahabharata, is a play that anticipates its own suppression.

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What Günter Grass learnt from Subhas Chandra Bose and India

He identified the basics of the all-Bengali superhero in Netaji: intellectual acuity, who does not let moral grey areas come in the way of imminent revolution.

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'Twin Peaks' 25 years on: The American TV show that changed it all

A pioneer of storytelling, but more importantly, the David Lynch-directed show took great pains to remain unpredictable.

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Cricket World Cup 2015 final: Whose mauka now? Australia, New Zealand or Arnab Goswami?

Will "Baz" McCullum flex his Popeye muscles again? Can "Big Show" Maxwell turn "phataa poster niklaa hero" for Aussies? We'll find out on Sunday.

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Remembering Yoshihiro Tatsumi: Man who reformed Japanese comic books

He paved the way for "gekiga", a new kind of comics, that were short and satirical.

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Cricket World Cup: Why we need to watch out for Australia's three Mitchells

With all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, swing-meister Mitchell Starc and the red-hot, re-moustachioed Mitchell Johnson, Michael Clarke's fifth World Cup dream is not a long shot.

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Delhi election mash-up: AAP's beats, BJP's mushy tunes, Congress's retro-patriotism

Mariachi musicians hired by political parties are clashing with loud patriotic numbers in the capital's streets.

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5 reasons why Perumal Murugan must be read

If you believe in freedom of expression, this should be reason enough to read "One Part Woman" as soon as you possibly can.

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2014 belonged to the captains

With the departure of Michael Clarke and MS Dhoni, the burden of captaincy has been passed on to two precocious young men: Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.

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Perils of reading a big, fat book

Most people my age, I know, cannot commit to anything for more than a day, unless it's pizza coupons.

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From Rohtak to Ferguson: Viewer's discretion advised

How an audience or viewer reacts to something staged is very different from how they feel about the candid.

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