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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshDec 02, 2022 | 18:11
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag: Tangled up in blue

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag is a novella that has crossed many borders and reached international shores after it was translated from the Kannada elegantly by Srinath Perur, but no amount of conversation around its genius shall ever be sufficient.

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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshNov 25, 2022 | 18:19
The Adivasi Will Not Dance, by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar: Lest We Forget

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for his debut novel, but it was in his second book The Adivasi Will Not Dance – this relentlessly readable collection of stories – that I felt he fully came into his own as a writer.

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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshNov 18, 2022 | 18:00
Dear Margaret: On Atwood's birthday, looking back at Dearly

The great Margaret Atwood turns 83 today, November 18. To celebrate her on this occasion, we turn towards the quieter, more solemn and yet deliciously satisfying side of her – her poetry. To be a little more specific, her most recent collection of poems dedicated to her late partner and published in 2020 – Dearly.

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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshNov 11, 2022 | 18:30
Alan Moore's V for Vendetta continues to be a 'pièce de résistance'

There hasn't been a fifth of November ever since I first read V for Vendetta that I haven't thought of the phrase: "Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot." Hence, it only made sense that it is written about this week.

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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshNov 04, 2022 | 17:18
King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan, the Emperor of Impossible Dreams

Anupama Chopra’s intimate and spirited biography of Khan, published in 2007 (which was also one of Khan’s most important years in films), finds the sweet spot between celebrating the actor and studying the rise of the quintessential song and dance Bollywood film into a global phenomenon.

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Sayantan GhoshOct 28, 2022 | 16:45
Audition by Ryu Murakami: Be careful what you wish for

Rounding up the Halloween month with one of the most visceral, terrifying novels ever written about the human race. This slim novel doesn’t waste any time and jumps straight into the story of Aoyama, a Tokyo-based documentary film-maker, who is leading an achingly solitary life after the death of his wife seven years ago.

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Sayantan GhoshOct 21, 2022 | 16:28
Reef by Romesh Gunesekera: A Sea of Innocence

The world has suddenly sat up and taken notice of contemporary Sri Lankan literature this week. No prizes for guessing that it’s because the most coveted literary prize, and arguably the most well-known, has been awarded to a Sri Lankan author.

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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshOct 14, 2022 | 13:19
Gulzar in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir: A Bard’s Eye View

What can be said about Gulzar that hasn’t already been said. Nearly every conversation among friends around poetry, the Urdu language or Hindi film songs—and sometimes even mundane details of life—tends to bring Gulzar’s name to our mind. It makes sense thus, that the story of Gulzar’s life unfolds before us in the form of a series of conversations with the author of this volume, Nasreen Munni Kabir.

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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshOct 07, 2022 | 17:08
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaVelle: Invisible Monsters

It’s October already and officially Halloween month. Of course, the festival isn’t celebrated here in India, but thanks to pop culture infiltrations we are not far removed from it any longer. So, it only makes sense to read something that not only is an immersive experience but also sends a shiver down your spine this month.

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Sayantan Ghosh
Sayantan GhoshSep 30, 2022 | 17:38
Andrew Sean Greer's Less: Journey to the Centre of the Heart 

The sequel to Andrew Sean Greer’s now celebrated novel Less released a few days ago to tremendous excitement worldwide. Less, which released to great acclaim in 2017, wasn’t an overnight success, but it went to win the Pulitzer Prize and found a wide readership eventually after coming out as a paperback. Pun unintended.

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