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Deepanjana Pal

  • Book review: 'The Secret Gardener'

    Kalpana Swaminathan's The Secret Gardener begins with a piece of human bone surfacing at 24 Patwardhan Cross. This address turns out to be the last thing a dying gigolo sputters. Private eye Lalli is the one who pieces the random pieces of this case together to create the portrait of a terrible...

    Sunday, 17 March 2013 - 9:48am
  • Women's Day Special: She's a survivor

    The women we spoke to — a marital rape victim, a breast cancer survivor, a woman who spent years locked up in a dark room, and a domestic abuse victim turned lawyer — prove that women not only survive, but go on to help others escape the same fate.

    Friday, 8 March 2013 - 8:00am
  • Women's Day Special: Single, but not similar

    It was marriage that saw Shweta Baxi Tyagi step foot in Gurgaon nine and a half years ago. A few years later, the same marriage introduced her to a different kind of life — that of a single mother.

    Friday, 8 March 2013 - 9:30am
  • Weaving a tangled web

    Spider Man fans, we have news for you. The Marvel superhero is not responsible for the massive web hugging the facade of Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai.

    Sunday, 3 March 2013 - 3:13am
  • Book review: Dozakhnama

    A journalist chances upon a manuscript while on a visit to Lucknow. It's written in Urdu, a language the journalist can't read but whose lyricism he can appreciate if it's read out to him.

    Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 8:00am
  • The city of little joys

    Calcutta, or Kolkata, has appeared repeatedly in Amit Chaudhuri's fiction and he's lived in the city since 1999. Despite this Chaudhuri doesn't think he belongs to this "post-bhadralok" Kolkata, finds Deepanjana Pal.

    Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 10:00am
  • Twinkle, twinkle: Shilpa Gupta's art lights up Carter Road

    The sea-facing stretch of Carter Road in Bandra is mostly known for traffic jams. Until March 9, however, you won't mind if you get stuck at the bandstand because of artist Shilpa Gupta's public art piece.

    Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 9:30am
  • Book Review: Those Pricey Thakur Girls

    Alright, let's not kid ourselves. Dylan Singh Shekhawat isn't rooted in realism.

    Sunday, 17 February 2013 - 9:04am
  • Book Review: Missing & in action

    Both Samhita Arni and Manil Suri’s new novels are driven by absences. Deepanjana Pal looks at what is lost and what is gained when a critical character disappears from a story.

    Sunday, 10 February 2013 - 10:45am
  • Book review: 'Poet Of The Revolution'

    Spare and evocative, Dil’s poetry is filled with unforgettable images. It pulses with romanticism and idealism.

    Sunday, 27 January 2013 - 2:25pm