I caught up with feminist icon – legend – Gloria Steinem, at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Early on in this collection of the bizarre, the strange and the impossible, we are introduced to a character called Sir Henry Mandifer, a man who, having made pots of money as a writer, had ‘taken to spiritualism’ and was at the top of his game. On his way to investigate another intriguing piece of […]
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” But what of yesterday? Or today? A stroll through the two gardens closest to my heart.
Putting together a guidebook to Indian kids’ books is no child’s play.
As any writer of memoir – whether fictional or autobiographical, or a mix of both – knows, it is a fine line between remembrance and nostalgia, and there is an almost irresistible urge to muse upon the nature of memory itself. Supriya Dravid’s novel, written in the form of a confessional memoir, is in part […]
Imagine Cinderella where the princess is a dowdy middle-aged governess and her fairy godmother a ditzy strawberry-blonde showgirl. Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day is as delicious, delightful, as naughty but nice as a silver platter of petit fours. This forgotten gem from the 1930s was rediscovered and reissued by the wonderful Persephone publishers in […]
How to Patronise Kids and Infantilise Adults all at Once
Why cats can’t taste sweet, and whether raisins taste like maggots – for the Himal special issue on food, feasts and famines.
On Arundhati Roy’s novel The God of Small Things
An essay commissioned for a volume entitled Bologna – Fifty Years of Children’s Books From Around the World (Bononoia University Press, March 2013) to celebrate the fiftieth year of the Bologna Children’s Bookfair.