An experiment in being authentic and fake, spontaneously
In the fractured, imperfect interactions of Sally Rooney’s novel, our own ruptured attempts to carry forward our thoughts to another end is reflected, often with completely undesirable results.
Madan Mani Dixit, a pioneering writer and journalist, dies at 96
He was jailed multiple times for his association with the Communist Party during the Panchayat regime, and it was during those incarcerations he wrote his award-winning novel.
The inheritance of caste indignities
Githa Hariharan examines how social exclusion devastates individual lives in her new novel 'I Have Become the Tide'.
In Rajasthan, a meditation on obsession, dreams and poetry
Anukriti Upadhyay’s Daura is an interesting work that reveals layers of possibilities and meanings under its folksy cloak.
It’s always good to start with a personal story: Akanchha Karki
Theatre artist Akanchha Karki talks about her reading inspirations and her favourite books.
Mark Liechty: Effective writing is about managing information
In an interview with the Post's Srizu Bajracharya, anthropologist and historian Mark Liechty shares his writing methods and his love for non-fiction.
Mythical coming of age story, reimagined and modernised
This critically-acclaimed novel is an adaption of ancient Greek myth, and its gritty female protagonist is still one for the ages.
Decoding India’s transformative constitution
Gautam Bhatia’s idea of a transformative constitution envisages an expansive reading of constitutional fundamental rights, only if consistent with India’s current constitution.
A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There is Krishna Sobti’s reproduction of a refined old-world
The writer leaves a fierce presence of her existence in her memoir-poetry-novel--but subtly.
Tenzin Dickie: Read works of people you know
When you want to pursue writing, but you feel incompetent to start, read the works of people you know.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle warps time, space and minds
Following a shapeshifting protagonist through this timewarping murder mystery is a mindbending experience in deft literary and narrative skill.
12 books to read this summer
Here’s The Kathmandu Post’s top picks to keep you company as the days grow longer.
The book that will be your first introduction to the world of Tibetan storytelling and storytellers
Old Demons New Deities presents well-rounded narratives of the Tibetan people that go beyond the binary depiction of them as either a religious, peaceful community or slogan chanting freedom fighters.
Sabyn Javeri’s ‘Hijabistan’ interrogates many shades of hijab
Stories of oppression of desires and life choices of women and their valiant fights to break the chains of Pakistan’s patriarchal society
Each circle darker than the other
The novel, then, is a minute observation of a dysfunctional family. A family which, to begin with, was the quintessentially happy, educated, cultured Bengali couple with their beloved son.
Reflections and confessions
The book also includes graphic and candid depictions of adolescent psycho-sexual experiences. Description of romantic imaginings with the opposite sex, obsession with the posters of a Bollywood star—Rani Mukerji—and the passion and amatory emotions that these posters aroused in him are vivid and identifiable.
When less is more
A failing, disgruntled, middle-aged writer travels the world to forget his beloved, and finds love again where he least expects it Nothing unique about the concept
Doab Dil is a pleasure to flip through and ruminate over, but it is also haphazard and pretentious
Divided into 11 chapters, the writer flits between subjects and associations with a practiced, if clumsy, tread. There is much thought spent on gardens and their benefits; changing landscapes; histories and nocturnal activities; libraries and truths.
Emotionally charged, vividly illustrated
Khaled Hosseini is remarkable for telling tales about the bonds that cement people together and shape our lives; how we define each other; and the choices we make that resonate through history.
Gets under your skin, and stays there
This is a wretched tale about revolting people This is also an empathetic account of needful humans