|October 07, 2005|
Spice up the Puja
Bengali kitchens are abuzz, rustling up a few delicious vegetarian concoctions. Here are some authentic Bengali recipes.
|September 29, 2005|
To swap a mockingbird
Zadie Smith's On Beauty is equal parts family drama, entertaining campus novel, nuanced character study and a quietly powerful account of clashing ideologies.
|September 15, 2005|
Two Lives, remembered
Two Lives can be frustrating because Vikram Seth's own voice is so muffled. But this book grows on the reader, because of the care with which Seth has tended his memories.
|September 14, 2005|
The importance of reading
Guides to writing skills sell, but writers learn their craft from the works of others, that is, by reading.
|September 12, 2005|
Can you resist the 'graphic' novel?
Neil Gaiman's Sandman series can now be found, or ordered, at most leading bookshops, but another series that is rapidly growing in popularity is Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Find your home on the Net
The Net releases cool new stuff every day. Some of it is forgotten in a week; once in a while, there's a killer app.
|September 09, 2005|
Voices in your head
Shalimar The Clown is lyrical from the first word onwards, testifying yet again to Salman Rushdie's ability to set off soundtracks to his prose, putting voices in your head, even as he enraptures the reader while sheathing his own heartbreak.
|September 08, 2005|
The great literary paranoia
Mainstream literary prize lists reveal a deep paranoia, a grand defence of the literary novel versus whatever oozing horror might try to slide through the gates.
|September 01, 2005|
Vandana Singh's brave new SF world
Vandana Singh's Delhi features in an anthology that includes names like Nancy Kress and Robert Reed. What if it's no good, what if the first author of Indian origin to make the cut has, well, messed up?