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.

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’.

Den Sorte Skole’s Lektion III: A Musical Journey via the Art Of Sampling

THE LOUNGE | THE MUSIC CAFE’ LEKTION III is the 3rd album from the Copenhagen-based DJ collective DEN SORTE SKOLE. While it’s categorized in the mixtape/mash-up genre, one listen to it will reveal that it’s unlike any other mix tape you’ve heard before, says Dheeraj SP.

A Review of ‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’

Parth Pandya reviews Salman Rushdie’s latest ‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’, calling it a work of uncommon and unabashed beauty.

Does the Bhagavad-Gita Advocate War?

THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY When Arjuna, the third of the five Pandavas, was confused whether he should fight the Mahabharata war against his own teachers, relatives and friends, Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to help him achieve clarity in thought and fight the war. One of the oft-asked questions, therefore, in this context is, ‘Does the Bhagavad-Gita Advocate War? Is it a violent scripture?’ Hari Ravikumar and Koti Sreekrishna attempt to answer these questions in this piece by digging deeper into the context of the Mahabharata war.

The Cup of Misery

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE As the nation recovers from India’s loss to Australia in the cricket World Cup, Parth Pandya, a devoted fan, remembers the other unsuccessful tales of the Indian cricket team in the biggest cricket tournament.

A Singular Loss

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD It’s the age of the multiplex when it comes to movie-watching in India today. The popular predecessors of the multiplex, the single screen theaters, are now on their way out. Parth Pandya rues the fast-approaching end of a memorable episode in the lives of movie-goers, and recalls some fond moments associated with single screens.

‘r2i dreams : For here or to go? : A Review

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE ‘r2i dreams: for here or to go?’ written by Parth Pandya, Ramya Sethuraman and Subashini Srinivasan, draws you in right from the beginning with its personal connect, says Vani Viswanathan, in her review of the book that deals with the eternal question that plagues the minds of Indian immigrants in the U.S. – Should we return to India or stay on?

The Gali Gali Man

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Aboard a ship at anchor, an Egyptian folk magician keeps an audience enthralled. Chandrashekhar Sastry gives us the experience through his magical words.

Dilli – A Review by RK Biswas

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Dilli, an anthology of poetry on Delhi by under-30s is a collection that captures the love-hate-and-other emotions that the city evokes, says RK Biswas in her review.

Of Momos and Jaa

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Having lived in Bhutan for three years and experienced some interesting facets of the place, Goutam Bhattacharya decides to write on the exquisite variety of food that he had the chance to feast upon during his stay in Bhutan. Here’s a piece that’s sure to tickle your taste buds!

Understanding my Religion

THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY What does Hinduism stand for, with its multitude of repressive practices and seemingly regressive ideas? What is the ‘Hindu’ way of life? Sushanta Sarma Barooah talks about an experience that gave him some answers.

Shaping the Cinematic Lens of the Reader

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD In an interview to Yayaati Joshi, Baradwaj Rangan, National Award-winning film critic, talks about what runs in his mind as he watches a movie, what criteria he applies to assess a film’s merit, while also answering other questions about cinema and criticism in general.

Of Untold Stories

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Neha Kirpal recounts conversations with a close friend during the tumultuous period of adolescence, and how suddenly, someday, they seem distant.

A Stream of Sweet Pain Threads Vinita Agrawal’s Poetry

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE A thread of pain or pathos resulting in compassion runs through her weaved words which becomes sweet poetry, says Aju Mukhopadhyay, in his review of Vinita’s debut book of poems, ‘Words not Spoken’.

In Search of the Warrior Poet of Love – 2

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE In the second part of her series exploring the path taken by the tribal chieftan-turned-Vaishnavite poet Kaliyan, or Thirumangayazhwar, Preeti describes her journey to the temples whose Lords the Azhwar sang about, in Tirunarayur, Tirukannapuram and Nagapattinam. All along, be prepared for a treat of the Azhwar’s poetry translated into English, and Preeti’s exquisite commentary around them.

In Search of the Warrior Poet of Love

In this multi-part series, Preeti Madhusudhan tells us of her journey following the trail of one of the most enigmatic Tamil poets, tribal king-turned-robber-turned-poet Thirumangai Alvar. Read on for her journey through Tamil Nadu’s rustic temples.

Shopping for Firewood

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Rajitha Gopal, in a reflective piece, goes back to her childhood and reminisces as to how shopping for firewood used for heating water helped her learn some small yet important lessons in life.

Review of Jerry Pinto’s ‘Em and the Big Hoom’

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Em and the Big Hoom inspires you to celebrate every moment of your life. It inspires you to reach within yourself. Em connects you to your true self, says Priya Gopal, and insists that it is a must-read.

Thoughts on Magalir Mattum

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD Vani Viswanathan discusses some thoughts on what she considers a fairly feminist movie, Magalir Mattum