Literature

A long spell of instability and violence lies ahead for the Middle East where "artificial borders" drawn post World War I are being slowly dismantled, but one model the region can learn from is India with its diversity and autonomy for states, says a chronicler of Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab revolt. ...

Nostalgic accounts of travellers who rode the earliest trains in India, personal journeys of men who who have written memoirs of their life and struggle in the US and East Africa and former union minister Salman Khurshid's account of Muslims in India. IANS bookshelf this weekend offers these delights. Take a look:...

Amid the maze of galleries representing modern and contemporary works, and art connoisseurs thronging the spacious venue of India Art Fair, a few artworks stand out for their theme, quirkiness and vision....

Of the six novels Welsh author Sarah Waters has written, five have lesbian couples as protagonists and for someone who has championed gay rights through her writings, she was extremely disappointed, like several others, with the Supreme Court's 2013 order recriminalising homosexuality. ...

Afghanistan, not Kashmir, can be the issue for India and Pakistan to resume a sustainable dialogue, where it will be relatively easier for them to reach agreement on issues like trade and security while ensuring peace for the "volatile" country , says a regional expert....

Why does society have a biased view about writers dealing with sex or about sexual dualities, what would end if we stop believing in our past and why freedom of expression comes at a cost were among the questions that were thrown open for debate and introspection at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015....

Seven books penned by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were released at the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair, which she inaugurated Tuesday alongside British radio and television presenter and journalist Anita Anand....

"Here richly, with ridiculous display,/The Politician's corpse was laid away/While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged/I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged", was prolific English author Hillaire Belloc's caustic send-off to an unnamed politician. The verse also exemplifies the vibrant, universal tradition of political satire that...