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.