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ART & CULTURE

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Library, Bangladesh, Polan sarkar, Books

A bringer of light: In an age of Internet book challenges, why we must remember a modest Bangladeshi man

For 30 years, Polan Sarkar remained the 'walking library' for villagers who had to drop out of school for financial reasons. But who could read books, thanks to Polan.

ART & CULTURE

 |  8-minute read
Classics, Reading, Literature, Books

Looking for something to read? 16 underappreciated classics from around the world

These should be read by everyone who cares about literature.

ART & CULTURE

 |  7-minute read
Hyper nationalism, Books, Pakistan, Raza Rumi

Being Pakistani: Raza Rumi’s new book and his never-ending 'teenage' angst

His rejection of the mindset that is at work to cleanse the country of dissent and diversity is based on Pakistan's rich past that transcends national boundaries.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Literature, Novels, Reading culture, Books

How to read a novel, a poem and a judgment: Yes, we need to learn the art of reading all over again

Few have read classics beyond the compulsory reading at schools. Almost none can recite a major poem or quote from a classic play.

ART & CULTURE

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Oral history, Literature, Books, Education

An ode to my teachers whose lectures had to be listened to, not downloaded

My college students do not know how to read a book. They insist on a summary or ask for power points.

ART & CULTURE

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Literature, Bollywood, Novels, Books

How books are changing Bollywood

The degree of exchange between literature and cinema is on the cusp of change.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
United States, Pulitzer, Literature, Books

Goodbye, Columbus: What Philip Roth meant to a sex-obsessed Jew like me

I had never read someone before taking the base urges and making literary magic out of them.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Human interest, Books, Obsessed

Why I wrote a book titled Obsessed

Unimaginable events follow.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Rough Cut  |  5-minute read
Writing, Books, Delhi

Two books and two Delhis — one intimate, another intimidating

Zarreen Khan's Koi Good News? and Sanjeev Sanyal's Life Over Two Beers capture a diverse capital.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Literature, Books, Storytelling

Why storytelling matters — at such a time

When stories are told, not read, it adds a measure of delight to the experience.