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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Manjula Padmanabhan

Articles by Manjula Padmanabhan

Culture In His Folds

Culture In His Folds

Sep 11, 2019 Manjula Padmanabhan ON Kiran Nagarkar

Nagarkar’s long-necked grazing on the fields of literature, films, food and his gift for friendship

Tarragona Diary

Tarragona Diary

Aug 01, 2018 Manjula Padmanabhan

In this week's diary, a playwright and writer talks about her visit to Tarragona.

We Asked Them For Stories

We Asked Them For Stories

Nov 02, 2015 Shashi Tharoor

You will, woncha? By mid-October? While the goddess is straw still?.... Oh, but to count the bellows of the...

Man Enters Lift With Girl. Discuss

Man Enters Lift With Girl. Discuss

Nov 29, 2013 Manjula Padmanabhan

The situation. The scenarios. The choices.

Field Notes

Field Notes

Apr 09, 2012 Manjula Padmanabhan

It would be nice to know whom to praise for this elegant and thoughtfully designed volume

The Hand-Held Panshot

The Hand-Held Panshot

Feb 20, 2012 Manjula Padmanabhan

A gritty docu-style look at the lives of young people, but what is rendered visible is, strangely, a void

The Clearest Of Sapphires

The Clearest Of Sapphires

Aug 29, 2011 Manjula Padmanabhan

Jewel-bright descriptions, careful plots and compassionate prose from one of India’s most graceful voices

Trunk Calls

Trunk Calls

Jun 20, 2011 Manjula Padmanabhan

A novel set in India that has the hallmarks of what I would call the Indian Wedding Rock Opera genre.

Old Flames

Old Flames

May 30, 2011 Manjula Padmanabhan

Using homespun wit and unpretentious language, this little book manages to beam out a more robust message...

Know India: Learn The Alphabet By Heart

Know India: Learn The Alphabet By Heart

Mar 14, 2011 Manjula Padmanabhan

The raised-as-American Giridharadas has a steady eye, but his set-pieces are a patchwork in a big book

There’s A Googly In My Heart

There’s A Googly In My Heart

Feb 21, 2011 Manjula Padmanabhan

Much ado about whacking a sphere about—religiously

Move On To 60

Move On To 60

Feb 14, 2011 Manjula Padmanabhan

It’s hard to believe this collection of stories about meek wives and self-effacing widows comes from such a...

Art Without Heart

Art Without Heart

Jan 31, 2011 Manjula Padmanabhan

Gigantism bereft of the artist’s touch marks Kapoor’s creations

Strip The Skin

Strip The Skin

Nov 01, 2010 Manjula Padmanabhan

Nothing hits home better than sharp wit. The comic strip is an illustrative example.

Shots Of Intimate Distances

Shots Of Intimate Distances

Oct 25, 2010 Manjula Padmanabhan

The more we try to approach the person whose name is on the cover, the less we understand of her interior...

Slumcake Millionaires

Slumcake Millionaires

Oct 04, 2010 Manjula Padmanabhan

Can you really express your conviction through your confection?

Ready Wings

Ready Wings

Jul 05, 2010 Manjula Padmanabhan

Thapa has a light touch and maintains an admirable balance between telling a story and making socio-cultural...

Wrist-Slitters Anonymous

Wrist-Slitters Anonymous

Mar 29, 2010 Manjula Padmanabhan

This novel’s self-flagellating neurosis points at our true distress, but its tone is marred by a cold stream

A Bruising Pursuit Of Love

A Bruising Pursuit Of Love

Nov 09, 2009 Manjula Padmanabhan

Autobiography masquerades as novel in a tale of vicious dysfunction overcome by resoluteness of spirit

Sister Candide

Sister Candide

Jul 20, 2009 Manjula Padmanabhan

Sister Jesme writes in an intense, informal voice, as if she were standing in the room, haranguing the reader