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  • Pandemics And Maps

    By Charles Correa Foundation

    In the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the CCF team came across a collection of maps that spatially visualise outbreaks, and did a little research around the analytics that illustrate pandemic movements. As it turns out, there has been an effort to document pandemics since as early as the 1600s.

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  • Book Review: Pages of a Mind: Raja Ravi Varma — Life and Expressions

    By Anil Dharker

    From the depiction of heroines in Indian cinema to calendar art, a commemorative book on artist Raja Ravi Varma seeks to understand the less obvious aspects of the artist's influence, notes Anil Dharker

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  • This Is What a Great Book Does to Your Brain

    By INC

    The neuroscience of deep reading will make you want to curl up with a great book.

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  • 14 Authors Who Started Out as Booksellers

    By Electric Literature

    It is universally-known that if you want to write a book you should read a lot of books, but a piece of unexpected advice for aspiring writers? Work in a bookstore.

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  • Quantum theory of ideas: Where two seemingly separate opinions can behave as an inseparable whole

    By Ashwin Sanghi

    Many ideas can only be described by what they are not rather than by what they are. Dig a little deeper into Hindu philosophy and we find that rishis were in the same dilemna as us.

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  • 10 best books by Shashi Tharoor and why you should read them!

    By Times Of India

    A politician, writer, and a former international diplomat, Shashi Tharoor is a well-known in the field of literature.

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  • Woody Allen’s memoirs: this is the behaviour of censors, not publishers

    By The Guardian

    When Hachette bought Woody Allen’s autobiography, they no doubt expected it to be controversial. And no doubt they expected it to be a commercial success.

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  • Beyond an Anthropocentric Literature

    By Green European Journal

    What is the relationship between literature and ecology? How does literature express, explore, and define our perceptions of the ways in which humans and animals are bound together in the world they inhabit? Anne Simon explains some insights from her research on animals and animality in twentieth and twenty-first century literature.

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  • There are far better Congressmen outside Gandhi family to lead the party

    By Anil Dharker

    Whoever emerges from these elections as the Congress president will have to work towards a national agenda which unites opposition parties.

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  • How can more women writers be published? The Women Writers’ Fest tries to provide some answers

    By Neha Bhatt

    Publishing professionals had a host of suggestions for women who want to write books.

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  • How can more women writers be published? The Women Writers’ Fest tries to provide some answers

    By Scroll

    Publishing professionals had a host of suggestions for women who want to write books.

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  • The authors reclaiming the forgotten voices of ancient women

    By BBC News

    Natalie Haynes is one of a new group of writers reclaiming women's voices from ancient literature. Along with authors such as Pat Barker and Madeline Miller, she's telling new versions of the Classics, veering away from epic fights and macho heroes.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Ustad Zakir Hussain is best known the world over as a tabla virtuoso. But as with any extraordinarily gifted artist, he has explored other fields. Years ago, he collaborated with violinist L Shankar, classical guitar maestro John McLaughlin, mridangam player Ramnad Raghavan and legendary ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram to form the fusion group Shakti.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    As I sat in my car waiting futilely for some movement, I thanked the presiding Traffic Deity that I don’t live in Bengaluru. Delhi is bad (Number 8, 56%), Pune is very bad (Number 5, 59%), Mumbai is worse (Number 4, 65%), Bengaluru is worst (Number 1, 71%). These figures were released by Tom Tom Traffic Index for 2019 at the end of January (even traffic indices move slowly).

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  • Amitav Ghosh talks three new projects, thinking in visual terms and the interplay of capitalism, imperialism

    By Aditya Mani Jha

    Amitav Ghosh has announced three new projects — Jungle-Nama, a verse retelling of the legend of Bon-Bibi, a Sunderbans epic; a new collection of essays; and The Invisible Hand.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dhaker

    Sridevi, the Eternal Screen Goddess, the title of a book Literature Live! launched recently, seemed like a bit of a hyperbole. However, the reaction that came in on Twitter after the event showed that the writer, a young man called Satyarth Nayak, wasn’t exaggerating: men and women (but more women than men) obviously worshipped her.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    You could sense the frisson of excitement when Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo walked into Rendezvous at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. You might have done outstanding work recognised the world over by your peers, but the layman will not have heard of you. However, get the Nobel, and you become a house-hold name. So it must be with this husband and wife team.

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    Do you have Alexa in your home to do you bidding? Or perhaps you are not an Amazon fan and have, instead, Apple’s Siri to schedule events and reminders, search the internet or find what movies are running in town.

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