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An Indian Literary Saga

An Indian Literary Saga India is a land that abounds in culture and we are a people that are awfully proud of the culture and Indian Literature. For a land that has been the object of desire of a number of kings and kingmakers, it does not come as a surprise that our culture at some point has been influenced by these foreign presences and has in ways absorbed their culture into itself. Oxford dictionary defines culture as, “the beliefs and attitudes about something that people in a particular group…

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Babur the conqueror, Babur the connoisseur, or Babur the raconteur; one is left wondering

Baburnama: Journal of Mughal Emperor Babur Written by Babur in Chagatai TurkishTranslated by Annette Susannah Beveridge Edited and introduced by Dilip Hiro Published by Penguin Books India Babur the conqueror, Babur the connoisseur, or Babur the raconteur; one is left wondering Pay no heed to those preconceived notions as Babur’s diary is not just a chronicle of a conqueror on a vanity ride. It’s a talking canvas that waxes eloquent on aesthetics, architecture, history, geography, and people, with war as its unwavering motif. Valour came naturally to Babur but what’s astonishing…

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Manto and Ismat Chughtai
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When Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai Gave Us some Serious Friendship Goals

  Any celebration of Friendship would become bootless without the mention of the peerless friendship between Saadat Hassan Manto and Ismat Chughtai. Their friendship demonstrates a unique diversion from the usual competition that is present between any two contemporary writers. They strived together through the grave and unfortunate criticism attracted by their realistic short stories. They faced the trial for the alleged “Obscenity” in their stories together and openly defended each other’s work. Here is an interesting extract from the court trial where Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai give…

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harry Potter
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20 years of Harry Potter: Why HP Books Still Rule Over the Movies?

Lost in translation: Why the Harry Potter books rule over the movies It gives a more personal touch to the story and it connects with the individual in a way that no visual representation can. Let’s ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ this moment. Yes, let’s suspend this moment in midair for just a while and look back on what a journey it’s been since we met the boy who lived under the staircase at Privet Drive. It’s been 20 years since but the memories are as good as new. For most of us…

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Arundhati Roy The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
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Arundhati Roy: A rebel’s song

Arundhati Roy- From The God of Small Things to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Twenty years ago a book took the world by storm, a morally strenuous and imaginatively rich work that not only made a deep impact on its readers but also impressed the critics community. The book is none other than The God of Small Things, the brainchild of literary genius Arundhati Roy. Born to Mary Roy and Rajib Roy in Meghalaya in 1961, Arundhati Roy was a child of single parenthood. Her parents separated when she was two following which…

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