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A Retrospective of Concern for Human Values: Letters to Namdeo Dhasal by Chandramohan S

Reading Time: 5 minutesChandramohan’s poems portray subaltern life with exactitude and his concern for human values is quite evident in almost all poems in this collection. Poem after poem one can sense the essence of his attitude to stand up with all forms of discrimination. Pankajam reviews his poems, exclusively in Different Truths. Letters to Namdeo Dhasal Author: […]

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My Dream Man: A Romance with a Pink Cover and Kamasutra Drawings

Reading Time: 2 minutesHumourist Soumya reviews an M&B kind of Romance, My Dream Man, by Aditi Bose, in his style. An exclusive in Different Truths. The stewardess scrutinis­­ed the book in my hand and gave me an amused look, or so I thought. My co-passengers too seemed to share her views. Maybe I was oversensitive, having been ribbed […]

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Exemplary of Poetic Excellence: Taming the Tides by Dilip Mohapatra

Reading Time: 5 minutesPankajam reviews a book of poem by Dilip Mohapatra, Taming the Tides, exclusively for Different Truths. Book:                          Taming the Tides: New and Selected Poems                Poet:                           Dilip Mohapatra Publisher:                 Authorspress New Delhi Price:                          Rs. 395/$ 20 No. […]

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Behind Bars of Sunetra Choudhury Exposes the Deep Rot inside the Gaols

Reading Time: 5 minutesYoung journalist Sunetra Choudhury deserves kudos for taking up this issue in her recently released tome Behind Bars published by the Roli Press. A volume like this was long overdue. She has identified a number of individuals and elaborated on their experiences within the custodial setup. The prose she employs is lucid and the narration […]

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A Love Affair that Became a Story

Reading Time: 2 minutesPankajam reviews In the Flickering of an Eye, a novel by Neelam Saxena Chandra, which is a love story between two people of the same gotra. The village panchayat and the community are against the marriage of these two lovers. Find out more, in Different Truths. In The Flickering of an Eye by Neelam Saxena […]

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A Country Between Worlds

Reading Time: 8 minutesAmidha was amazed to think that Stephanie would, after this first book, Bread of Angels, return not to Syria – we know what tragedy is transforming that ancient culture beyond belief – but to Jerusalem, with her husband, and in the life story she tells, this reviewer was struck by the evolving story of the unfoldment of the […]

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Rules of Desires rooted in the Earthly Mantle of Life

Reading Time: 2 minutesKnowledge of the history and culture of the backdrops of Dipika Mukherjee’s stories are remarkable. The plots are based across urban Kuala Lumpur to cosmopolitan Shanghai, small towns of India, and the wilderness of Unites States of America. The characterisation of the protagonists with their trappings of desire could have been a bit more varied. In some stories, the […]

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Did Maulana Azad Author India Wins Freedom with Flawed History, Questionable Authenticity?

Reading Time: 7 minutesOne volume that has served as a major source of reference is India Wins Freedom. First published, in 1958, a few months after Maulana Azad’s death, it supposedly has the Maulana’s own evaluations of events in which he was a major player and his opinions on the people he worked with and interacted. The Maulana was a prolific […]

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These are some of my Favourite Books

Reading Time: 5 minutesA bibliophile, with wide ranging interests, Ashoka finds it difficult to name his all-time favourite books. The author takes us through various genres and names some of titles that has remained his chosen titles, while some others were replaced by authors and titles that caught his imagination later. Here’s an interesting subject for all book lovers exclusively for Different […]

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Poetry of Politics in Koshy’s Allusions to Simplicity

Reading Time: 5 minutesAmpat V. Koshy’s latest anthology of poems, Allusions to Simplicity: Collected Poems, is a political statement of the celebrated poet. He is in the tradition of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Arnold in voicing his politics. This anthology shows the influence of Tagore, Rumi and Ghalib. Koshy inherits poetic tradition from countless poets before him. Here’s a review of his poems […]

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