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William Dalrymple is joined by Phil Whelan on Morning Brew (26.2.2010)to talk about his new book, Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India and introduce the books' characters.
When Adela and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced British community. Determined to explore the real India', they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves...
The author Salman Rushdie has pulled out of a literature festival in India. The writer said he had been warned by intelligence sources that people might have been paid to assassinate him there. Some Indian Muslim groups had said he should be barred from the festival because of the 20-year-old controversy over his novel the Satanic Verses - which the late...
In this book, Mehrotra has put together an unusually sensitive selection of fine verse in English by some of his best contemporaries. Many of the poems chosen either present new facets of recognized faces, or deliberately differ from those repeatedly on offer in the more standard, mimic anthologies. An insightful and analytical commentary includes essential...
The 2010 Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival will be held from 11-19 March. RTHK Radio 3 is proud to be the Radio partner of the festival once again, and will interview Ramachandra Guha. Ramachandra Guha was recently named as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world by the US magazine, Foreign Policy. He has been a Fellow of the...
Nine people. Nine Lives. Each taking a different religious path. This is a modern Indian Canterbury Tales. A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend...
Meira Chand, Amitav Ghosh and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra talked about poetry.
Amitav Ghosh was joined by Sarah Passmore to talk about his writing.
Stuart Christie recommends three of his favourite books, i.e. Passage to India by E.M. Foster, English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and the Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood to us and tells how books have changed his life.
Indian author Jeet Thayil tells Phil Whelan about his book, Narcopolis, which illustrates the transformation of Bombay to Mumbai - through the change of opium to heroin. He is one of the shortlisted finalists of the Man Asian Literary Prize.