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My Fiction Explores The Repressive Nature Of Our Education System: Saikat Majumdar

Dec 07, 2020 Sohana Manzoor

Dr Saikat Majumdar discusses his novel-writing process, the crisis in the liberal arts field and shares his thoughts on creative writing.

Three Ways To Read Homer’s Iliad

Nov 07, 2020 Lalit Kumar

The ancient anti-war epic has mesmerized millions, from Alexander the Great to modern day playwrights and authors


Orwellian Dystopia Is Here, So Is The New India

The way government and police work now bears part resemblance to the dystopian setting of Oceania in George Orwell’s book 1984, writes Pushkar Raj.

Poetics Of Solitude, Songs Of Silence

May 08, 2020 Sudeep Sen

Over the last three decades, I have spent most of my working hours happily and voluntarily self-isolated and quarantined, cocooned in the world of ideas, surrounded by books and literary artifacts in my office-study, writes Sudeep Sen.


'Never Underestimate Power Of Faiz': Says Poet's Daughter On 'Hum Dekhenge' Row

Poems are not restricted by borders or even language and claimed by those who need new words, said Saleema Hashmi.

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01 November, 2019

Meet Shortlisted Nominees Of The JCB Prize For Literature In This Engaging Video Series

Damini Babbar

The #JCBPrizeTea series presents the shortlisted authors in conversation about books, writing process, and the current state of affairs over a cup of tea.


26 October, 2019

Can Imagination Or Creativity Be Taught?

Saikat Majumdar

The idea of the modern 'creative writer' is something that would make no sense to Shakespeare, Milton or Homer.


18 October, 2019

Mathrubhumi Announces 'Book Of The Year' Award To Celebrate Indian Literature

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The 'Book of the Year' award that carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a memento, aims to recognise and encourage works by Indian writers in English, as well as regional literature translated into English.


14 October, 2019

Why Our Education System Is A Factory Producing Clerks And Bureaucrats

Saikat Majumdar

Universities in India still function as if serving the administrative needs of a colonial empire.


10 October, 2019

Olga Tokarczuk Wins 2018 Literature Nobel, Peter Handke Wins 2019 Award

Outlook Web Bureau

The Nobel Prize for Literature was postponed last year after a sexual harassment scandal left the institution paralysed.


27 September, 2019

Book Which Tells Muslims To Get Over ‘Excesses’

Shajahan Madampat

‘The Tale of the Boy Who Never Laughed’ is a parable that tells the reader that it is important for Arabs and Muslims to learn to approach life and world more intellectually than sentimentally.


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14 February, 2019

Banned By British In 1920, Punjabi Writer's Poem On Jallianwala Bagh Is Being Released In English

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After going through the traumatic experience, he proceeded to write "Khooni Vaisakhi", a long poem that narrates the political events in the run-up to the massacre and its immediate aftermath.


23 January, 2019

Jaipur BookMark Kicks Off In Pink City Ahead Of Jaipur Literature Festival

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Jaipur BookMark, the South Asian publishing conclave that runs parallel to Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), kicked off amid big celebrations


07 January, 2019

Author Nayantara Sahgal Dropped From Lit Meet, Raj Thackeray Says ‘Not Against Inviting Her’

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The decision to withdraw the invitation to Sahgal (91), who was earlier at the forefront of the "award wapsi" campaign, was taken after a political outfit threatened to disrupt the function, the organisers said on Sunday.


06 December, 2018

Nandita Das, Neelesh Misra Will Be Among Storytellers In Odisha Fest

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Deepa Kiran, Nandita Das and Neelesh Mishra are some of the national storytellers that will be part of the festival


28 November, 2018

Bookaroo, The Children’s Literature Festival, Is Coming To Town

Lachmi Deb Roy

Bookaroo will celebrate the joy of book reading among children


16 November, 2018

Each Caddy Was A Character Worthy Of A Story, Says UK Bridport Prize Winner Sanjay Kumar

Mahima Monga

‘The Fore Caddy’ written by V. Sanjay Kumar from Bangalore received the first prize at the prestigious UK Bridport Prize 2018.


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03 October, 2018

Jury For India's Richest Literary Prize Prefers Emerging Voices Over Veteran Writers

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Veteran writers like Nayantara Sahgal, Kiran Nagarkar and Jeet Thayil have been overlooked by the jury while shortlisting for the JCB Prize for Literature.


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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

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Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

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Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

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