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Perumal Murugan's Poonachi is pleasant and heartwarming but its experimentations with satire are muddled

Kathmandu, Feb. 9 -- "A large populace reads your work only as translations. Don't you think this creates a loss of your original text?" This question was put forth to author Perumal Murugan at the re... Read More


The lessons you teach

Kathmandu, Jan. 26 -- Keep your hands visible. Only speak when spoken to. Sixteen-year-old Starr knows these rules by heart. When she was 12, her parents taught her how to deal with cops, because sh... Read More


Good, but not quite best

Nepal, Jan. 12 -- In 'March, Me and Sakura' by Geetanjali Shree, a 70-year-old Indian mother travels to Japan to be with her son. At first wary of the unfamiliar country and afraid of venturing out, s... Read More


Familiar streets, novel adventures

Nepal, Dec. 29 -- The sun sets over the Howrah Bridge as fishermen reel in fresh batches of Hilsha. Nearby, a young, bespectacled, curly-haired poet in a Punjabi spouts Marx and Tagore in the same bre... Read More


Of birds and flights of fancy

Nepal, Dec. 15 -- Hanif spits out words staccato style and hits as hard as bullets. Yet, he is also a master of thoughtful, almost delicate sentences bursting with beauty and ideas Dec 15, 2018-Halfw... Read More


Lives lost, loves regained

Nepal, Dec. 1 -- Roy is enamored by the concept of the flawed female, the gifted and talented woman who deserves much more than a marriage. She sets out to create an unbridled, unapologetic, bold fema... Read More