Art-Books

Living ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’


A Vedic phrase asks us to “treat the world as family.” In our age of global crises—pandemics, climate crisis, crippling inequality—this sentiment is more necessary than ever. Solutions to these seemingly insurmountable problems demand new approaches to thinking and acting locally, nationally, and transnationally, sometimes sequentially but often simultaneously. This is the mentality of...

Jhumpa Lahiri wrote her new novel — in Italian


After a gap of eight years since her last novel, Pulitzer-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's 'Whereabouts' released last month. And in an unusual literary accomplishment, Lahiri initially wrote 'Whereabouts' in Italian (titled 'Dove mi trovo' in 2018) which she translated into English herself. 'Whereabouts' (Penguin Hamish Hamilton) is about a single, middle-aged Italian woman who works as...

The Hill We Climb


Poem by Amanda Gorman Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who stirred America at the inauguration of President Joseph Biden last month, again commanded the spotlight at the Super Bowl. She read an original poem Sunday during the pregame festivities in Tampa, FL. The poem, titled “Chorus of the Captains,” was a tribute to three people for their...

‘I want to tell the world our stories through art’


Muthulakshmi Anu Narasimhan’s manifesto as an artist All my life I’ve been an artist. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been painting. It has helped me combat trauma, insecurities, and stress. But it hasn’t been a short road to becoming a full-time artist. I started off as a computer scientist in college actually,...

Anuradha Goyal pens a must-read guidebook to India’s temples


For author and noted travel blogger Anuradha Goyal, who has penned the book ‘Lotus in the Stone: Sacred Journeys in Eternal India’ on India’s most sacred sites, temples contain vignettes of our history, heritage, art history, folk tales, aesthetics. Condensing years of her travel into writing, Goyal presents a travelogue rooted deep into Indian...

How the plan to vivisect India was foiled


By Ashutosh Kumar Thakur There was no dearth of secessionist claims. It seems like throughout the second half of the century, after the Indian Union came into being, almost every corner of the country wanted a separate nation, every province harbored a desire to be declared a sovereign state. The idea was to create a third dominion called...

‘Kamala’s Way’ charts an engaging journey from California to Washington


By Vishnu Makhijani Just how did the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California become one of this country’s most effective power players? Through the human touch, by turning defeat into victory and most of all, by doing things her way, a timely biography of Kamala Harris, the US Vice President says. “Harris entered the (Democratic)...

JLF goes online in USA and Canada


by Prakash Bhandari   Jaipur: This year, Teamwork Arts, producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is presenting virtual versions of its much-awaited literary festivals held annually in North America - JLF Colorado Online, JLF Houston Online, JLF New York Online and JLF Toronto Online. This year, the online editions of the festivals continue to bring together an extremely diverse palette of global...

Triggered by Trump


Donald Trump can take credit for triggering an entire cottage industry – publishing books about his presidency. A score of the major books – a majority highly critical of his controversial time in the White House, but a few in support also -  are in a collage produced  by The New York Times. Books...