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The centre cannot hold

Kathmandu, March 9 -- Forgive us, we sound scattered," says a spirit in Akwaeke Emezi's debut novel, Freshwater. It is as if the book is asking forgiveness for its random and disjointed but wild flas... Read More


Ben Okri writes beautifully but The Freedom Artist has too many loopholes and inconsistencies

Kathmandu, Feb. 23 -- Can a book start a revolution? Ben Okri's The Freedom Artist certainly intends to. The novel is an ardent entreaty to every single person in the world, an appeal to let go of th... Read More


Perumal Murugan's Poonachi is pleasant and heartwarming but its experimentations with satire are muddled

Kathmandu, Feb. 9 -- "A large populace reads your work only as translations. Don't you think this creates a loss of your original text?" This question was put forth to author Perumal Murugan at the re... Read More


The lessons you teach

Kathmandu, Jan. 26 -- Keep your hands visible. Only speak when spoken to. Sixteen-year-old Starr knows these rules by heart. When she was 12, her parents taught her how to deal with cops, because sh... Read More


Good, but not quite best

Nepal, Jan. 12 -- In 'March, Me and Sakura' by Geetanjali Shree, a 70-year-old Indian mother travels to Japan to be with her son. At first wary of the unfamiliar country and afraid of venturing out, s... Read More


Familiar streets, novel adventures

Nepal, Dec. 29 -- The sun sets over the Howrah Bridge as fishermen reel in fresh batches of Hilsha. Nearby, a young, bespectacled, curly-haired poet in a Punjabi spouts Marx and Tagore in the same bre... Read More