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I have a Mughal connection

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Utpal Kumar | in Agenda

William Dalrymple reached India 30 years ago as a reluctant traveller. But once he was in this country, he was here forever. In an interaction with Utpal Kumar, he talks about his journey to India, how he has a trickle of Bengali and Mughal blood in him, and how Americans...

The entrappings of ideological excess

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | RINKU GHOSH | in Agenda

While it is understandable why the collision of confused priorities result in the title A Great Clamour, why do you not point more definitively to the Oriental roadmap as it were, that is but hinted? Is there any way the Orient is going to evolve a socially-inclusive growth philosophy and...

The woman who chose to be a nomad

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Utpal Kumar | in Agenda

It was after her marathon 1978 camel trek across the desert of west Australia that made her a big name across the world. Robyn Davidson had just $6 when she planned this audacious journey. But she had the will power and in the next two years she took up the...

The upmarket Da Vinci Code

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Utpal Kumar | in Agenda

Justin Cartwright's Lion Heart interrogates history as a romance or even disaster, but within the purview of an assorted merger of reality and fiction to create an account of what happened in time. In a conversation with Utpal Kumar, he talks about himself and his books Richard Cathar, narrator and protagonist...

Love in the time of war

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Utpal Kumar | in Agenda

Lara Feigel’s The Love-charm of Bombs chronicles the time during World War II when London became a setting for passionate love affairs and surreal splendour amid the sirens, bombings, sleepless nights and fear. It documents wartime from the perspectives of literary figures like Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Rose Macaulay, Hilde...

Permeating into the underworld of dystopia and fantasy

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Ananya Borgohain | in Agenda

From the paranormal indulgences to the centurial myth-constructions, a network of supranational configurations renders fantasy literature as an evolving genre of literary significance. Samantha Shannon’s debut novel, The Bone Season, is set in 2059 when Oxford is a lost city and protagonist Paige Mahoney works for the criminal underworld of...

The other 9/11 we don’t know

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Utpal Kumar | in Agenda

To mark the 40th anniversary of one of the most infamous coups, when jets, helicopters and tanks entered the Chilean capital targeting the presidential palace, Colombian writer Oscar Guardiola-Rivera tells Utpal Kumar the story of Salvador Allende who would briefly be the President of Chile and who aptly showcased that...


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Hridya Naryan Dikshit elected speaker of UP Assembly

31 Mar 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

Hridya Naryan Dikshit was elected Speaker of the 17th Assembly unopposed on Thursday. His election was announced by Protem Speaker Fateh Bahadur Singh and later Leader of the House and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary escorted Dikshit to the Speaker’s chair...

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