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When fact is masqueraded as too much fiction

Nepal, Feb. 22 -- It is 1942, and der Fuhrer has just begun sending out shocks of terror across the world. Like thousands of others, young and happy Lale is cruelly wrenched apart from his comfortable... Read More


An 'angry', 'bossy' woman tells her story the way it is

Kathmandu, Feb. 8 -- Excelling in her studies, a young, smart African-American woman goes on to ace her way through Princeton and Harvard, eventually landing a plum job at a law firm. Her zeal to give... Read More


A long journey to Kashmir

Kathmandu, Jan. 25 -- Shalini, the heroine of Indian author Madhuri Vijay's debut novel, is restless. Her mother has died, she has been fired from her job, and a close friend snubs her. Suddenly disco... Read More


Death, and before-life in a limbo in Istanbul

Kathmandu, Dec. 28 -- Dawn is breaking across the city of Istanbul. In one of its alleyways on the outskirts, the unusually named Tequila Leila has been murdered and dumped into a metal rubbish bin. S... Read More


Death, and before--life in a limbo in Istanbul

Kathmandu, Dec. 28 -- Dawn is breaking across the city of Istanbul. In one of its alleyways on the outskirts, the unusually named Tequila Leila has been murdered and dumped into a metal rubbish bin. S... Read More


10 books that defined 10 years

Kathmandu, Dec. 21 -- This past decade saw a deluge of biographies and autobiographies, and a worrying decline in the publication of essays and dramas. The emergence of new and diverse writers, themes... Read More


Melancholy, nostalgia, and an attempt at valiant patriotism

Kathmandu, Dec. 14 -- Bangladesh, 1971. At the roots of a venerable tree, a bot, a young couple press against each other, sobbing in desperation, to create a new life in a country that awaits a direct... Read More


Accepting the transformations of time

Kathmandu, Nov. 30 -- When news of his only child's death in faraway America reaches him in India, acclaimed writer Vishwanath starts coping with this tragedy the only way he knows: through words. His... Read More