In conversation with Michelle Cohen Corasanti

The following interview with author Michelle Cohen Corasanti was published in Times of India (Online) Book: The Almond Tree Author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti Publisher: Fingerprint/Prakash Books India Pages: 352 Intolerance is a human being’s biggest weakness and finding peace, his greatest strength. This journey from intolerance to peace is the search for freedom. In her…

The Girl who dies pleading a FATWA

Book review: The Fatwa Girl Author: Akbar Agha Publisher: Hachette India Pages: 232 While memories of the fatwa issued against author Salman Rushdie with reference to his novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ (1989) continue to be fresh, upon reading a book titled ‘The Fatwa Girl’, one cannot help but assume its contents to have symptoms akin…

Getting drunk helped me write: Vikram Seth

It took four years, a tireless violinist, a persistent music composer and countless sips of wine for the ‘suitable boy,’ Vikram Seth, to complete his latest book, ‘The Rivered Earth.’ The Spring Fever 2012 by Penguin Books India took off with the versatile writer reading out verses from his new book to an audience of…

Amrapali was more than a luscious courtesan

Book review: The Legend of Amrapali Author: Anurag Anand Publisher: Srishti Publishers Pages: 203 Heroic tales of Lord Rama’s battle against Ravana or the valiant Arjuna in the Kurukshetra battlefield are some of the first images we recall about the Ramayana and the Mahabharata respectively. But we surely find ourselves a bit unaware stumbling upon…

Autumn winds add colour to every love story

Book Review: Autumn in my Heart Author: Saptarshi Basu Publisher: Times Group Books Pages: 162 Love, romance and sex are authorial subjects that entice the reading populace in a big way. How else would you explain the mass appeal of books authored by Nicholas Sparks, Erich Segal, and Nora Roberts or let’s take a next…

‘The Great Indian story’, by three great authors

It was the seventh day at the Spring Fever 2012 and the literary mood was in full swing. The session of the evening titled ‘The Great Indian Story’ was presided by three eminent figures – author and public intellectual Gurcharan Das, writer and academic Amit Chaudhuri and the suave politician cum novelist Shashi Tharoor. This…

The same-sex appeal in literature

Surviving the crests and troughs of the bygone decades of confined notions and rigidity, homosexuality in literature has definitely come a long way from an uneven terrain of condemnation and ridicule to a road of acceptability and inclusion. Let us revisit those chapters on homosexuality and consequently arrive to the pages of the current literary…