The Seduction of Delhi

The Seduction of Delhi


Nehru Park Flames of crimson, blue moon in full bloom, birds transmuting into humans, rocks permeated with love. Nehru in dialogue with Lenin and the⋅⋅⋅

China to be Guest of Honour at 2016 New Delhi Book Fair

Xi flowers

Seeking to build a knowledge bridge between the two ancient civilisations, India has selected China as the Guest of Honour at the New Delhi World⋅⋅⋅

Modinama: One man, hundred days, 180 books


The journey of a tea-seller from Vadnagar, a small village in Gujarat, to the most prized address in New Delhi – 7 Race Course Road – is the stuff of which contemporary myths and folklore is woven. Not surprisingly, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life story has launched a thousand tales about the man who evokes diverse emotions among Indians and the world at large. The publishing industry in India is on a roll, with over 180 books published on Modi within the first 100 days of his taking office.

Written mostly in Hindi and Gujarati, the books provide a melange of perspectives and insights into Modi the leader as well as Modi the person.

The authors who penned these stories include former journalists, lawyers, RSS workers and even his body guard. Presented in multifarious ways, these works range from political biographies to comics. Bookstores across the country display these books; some have even been translated in Mandarin and French.

For Borges


Silence is a Forest. Rootless words Perch on filtered sunlight, shadows dance with rhythm of swaying distance, dead wind caresses.   You are welcome to⋅⋅⋅

On writing, South Asian taboos, beauty of the Nepali language

Prajwal Parajuly

Nepali-Indian author Prajwal Parajuly is a curious person. Laidback, he writes simply because he likes to. Yet, his stories are written with such forceful simplicity⋅⋅⋅

Demystifying Tibetan culture: Uncle Tompa’s profane adventures


In these 20 stories Rinjing Dorji narrates how Uncle Tompa gets the better of others through his trickery. The ‘others’ here are usually the rich, the foolish, the virtuous, and the stubborn. While tales of Uncle Tompa are very similar to those of other tricksters like the Persian Mullah Nusruddhin, or the American Cayote, Uncle Tompa’s stories differ because of the centrality of sex in his adventures.

Remembering and celebrating Maya Angelou’s inviolable voice


Iconic poet and memoirist Maya Angelou may have exited this mundane realm, full of fret and fever of longings, but before she left she saw⋅⋅⋅

The Shape of Words, Day Breaks Open, Last Lights


The Shape of Words You are so impressed with the shape of words that you forget to fill them. They are empty shells displayed on⋅⋅⋅

Moving beyond right and left, creating a new politics and poetics of India


JAIPUR: Dovetailing the preciosities of the high-brow with the pugnacities of popular culture, the seventh edition of the Jaipur Literary Festival is in full flow⋅⋅⋅

Of day-dreaming, living in home of poetry, benevolence in India


Poet and novelist Simon Armitage lives in West Yorkshire, but his true home is that numinous place called poetry. He likes to think of himself⋅⋅⋅