Over April 21 and 22, Mumbai hosted its first literary festival for children. Held in the sprawling grounds of St Anthony’s School in Chembur in the city’s eastern suburbs, it was a wonderful occasion, filled with writing workshops, storytelling sessions, panel discussions, and much more. It was very heartening to see so many children involved; it was just as encouraging to see the enthusiasm of the organizers. Read more

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I came to John McGahern after he had died in 2006, encouraged by English and Irish writer friends who admired his work very much. Read more

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The principle on which this blog is predicated is that I only recommend things over here. No book/author/website gets slagged off. Only good news is passed on. Read more

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There is something fundamentally dysfunctional in me that makes me relate to cities and absorb their character as much from the literature about them as from their physical presence.

Long before I moved to Bombay in the autumn of 2005, the city had seeped into my consciousness from the fictions of Salman Rushdie, Vikram Chandra, Amit Chaudhuri and Rohinton Mistry. Shortly after I moved here, I wrote about the Bombay that I knew from books, and the one that I’d found when I arrived.  Read more

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