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TRENDS
Prescriptions for a classic
With Siddharth Mukherjee winning the Pulitzer for The Emperor of all Maladies, medical writing has caught the popular imagination. Medical books and thrillers succeed because they give us a deep insight about ourselves, about how the mind-body machine works, says Parvathi Nayar.



TETE-A-TETE
New equations
David Davidar, who made books fashionable for the urban middle class, returns to the Indian publishing scene with Aleph, a high-end company forged in partnership with Rupa and Co.
Books


BOOK TALK
In defence of books
What is it that lawmakers fear when they resort to banning books? DIVYA DUBEY ponders over the question in the light of the ban on Great Soul.


Interview

A journal of his life
Irwin Allan Sealy's next book captures everyday accounts of how he built things with a strong sense of place interwoven in poetic form. Anupama Raju in conversation with the author.


Tribute

Remembering an icon
No other poet has profoundly influenced Malayalam poetry in recent times as Changampuzha did, writes C. Sarat Chandran, 64 years after the poet's death.


Columns


CREATIVE WRITER
Give stories a chance
A lot of stories never get written because the authors see no future in it. Can the situation be changed?


ENDPAPER
Into Shakespeare's world
A witty, intriguing and finely detailed peek into Shakespeareana.


Book Review


GRAPHIC NARRATIVE
Old forms, new contexts
There is an uneven, erratic quality to Promised Land, which tells the story of Martin Luther King through prose and Bengali scroll art.


POETRY
Salvaged silences
Despite lapses, some of these poems have an appealing old-world simplicity.


TRAVEL WRITING
Lush and languid
For all its undeniable talent, Sly Company is a little vain, trying too hard to be clever.

On a poetic cruise
Unpretentious and appealing, Satchidanandan's poems sail through with felicity.


FICTION
Love, espionage and war
A love story unspools in the background of a World War.


CLASSICS
The mystic poet
Khusrau's elegant poems are a commentary on the infinitely diverse and multi-hued Indian culture.

Tale of timelessness
A profoundly intimate novel, Rebirth is an impeccably crafted narrative…. Sharanya Manivannan


VOICES
Desert Spring
Devoted to Yemeni, Tunisian and Libyan literature, Banipal presents the hopes and aspirations of the Arabic-speaking peoples in modern times.


ANTHOLOGY
Well-packed potpourri
Refreshingly different from the usual anthologies, the book holds the promise of a new generation of Pakistani writers. RAKHSHANDA JALIL


TRAVELOGUE
The uninterested traveller
A free-ranging precisely observed, but highly superficial, commentary on various subjects other than African belief.


SHORT STORIES
Erotic encounters
Gitanjali Kolanad's evocative prose leaves one wishing for more.


NOVEL
Unsettling echoes
Though an old-fashioned story of exotic India, Nights in Bombay does have its redeeming features. SHEBA THAYIL


FICTION
Dreams and visa applications
Yet another book portrays today's modern Indian women as hesitantly liberated.


VERSE
Momentous shift
Two volumes that introduce the reader to the Who's Who of Oriya poetry. HIMANSU S. MOHAPATRA


TRANSLATION
Evoking deep emotions
A compelling book but one that could make you a prisoner of your conscience.



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