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Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness’: A Review

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Bakul Banerjee reviews Arundhati Roy’s latest novel ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’.

Reading Anuja Chauhan’s Chutnified Novels

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Most of us are aware of authors like Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh, Rohinton Mistry, who are feted in the West. There are, however, many other Indian authors who write beautifully and connect very well with the Indian masses. Harshita Nanda writes about Anuja Chauhan, whose work may qualify as chick-lit, but if you read carefully you might be surprised.

Planned Vacation

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE After finishing a picture-perfect vacation, Jyothi Murthy gets nostalgic about an old “not-so-picture-perfect trip” when the world was devoid of the internet or cashless transactions but full of human interactions. She muses if the world lost out on something more essential in the name of planning and being prepared.

Are We Working For, or With Happiness?

THE LOUNGE | INNER JOURNEY We all want to be happy in life. But we seek it out at the destination conditional upon reaching a goal. What we fail to realise is that happiness is our core state of being. It need not be chased outside. When we live by gratitude and contentment, we work with, not for, happiness; and we find true happiness, that is not disturbed by whether we achieve or fail, writes Snigdha Mohanty.

Oh! Calcutta!

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Suresh Subrahmanyan revisits the city of his childhood, university education and the cradle of most of his professional career. He finds that much has changed in Calcutta, not all for the better.

Review: Gleanings by M. Mohankumar

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE P Ravindran Nayar reviews ‘Gleanings’, M. Mohankumar’s 8th poetry collection.

The Story of Our Lives

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD “This is not a story about Sachin. It is a story of our lives,” says Parth, of the movie “Sachin: A Billion Dreams.”

Noori: Energetic, Inspirational

THE LOUNGE | THE MUSIC CAFE Medha Reddy reviews five songs composed by Pakistani band Noori for season 9 of Coke Studio Pakistan. Noori’s highly energetic indie rock tracks have the ability to connect with their listeners on an emotional level, she says.

Knowledge, Not the Known, is Power

THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Knowledge is power when we free ourselves from the known, says Snighdha Mohanty.

Review: The Return by Hisham Matar

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Ajay Patri reviews ‘The Return’ by Hisham Matar, a harrowing but humane memoir about the conflict in Libya and the toll it exacted on the author’s life.

Growing up with the Beeb

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Suresh Subrahmanyan gets nostalgic, and a tad misty-eyed about his childhood romance with the Radio, the BBC in particular. His love for the English language he largely attributes, among other things, to the BBC World Service broadcasts.

Witnessing ‘Court’

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD Soumyadeep Chatterjee writes about how Chaitanya Tamhane showed him that courtroom dramas usually occur without the element of drama, at least in this part of the world, through his Marathi film ‘Court’.