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Manasi Subramaniam

Manasi Subramaniam is Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins India. These views are her own. She blogs at manasis.blogspot.in

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
30th May 2015
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

A handsome, successful, popular 29-year-old man is murdered in a tavern brawl. It is barely past six in the evening. The sun has not even set as yet. He has just enjoyed supper and a game of cards. It

Sex and literature: A charged relationship
14th Feb 2015
Sex and literature: A charged relationship

The producers of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James have chosen 14 February — Valentine's Day — to release the film of the same name. Popular media has redefined this day to

In Jaipur, a heartening tribute to poetry
31st Jan 2015
In Jaipur, a heartening tribute to poetry

The Zee Jaipur Literary Festival reaffirmed, for me, at least, the value of poetry in our lives. On the first day of the festival, extraordinary tribute was paid to the art of poetry with a keynote ad

A case for reading in the New Year
10th Jan 2015
A case for reading in the New Year

If 2014 taught me anything, it is that the world, which can be cruel and atrocious and heartrending, has more good than bad: its collective consciousness grows murky every so often, but it is lightene

If wine were books: Pairings for the literary gourmet
20th Dec 2014

Light, flavourful dishes with delicate wines: "You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of s

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An open letter to men everywhere: Question yourselves, question society
14th Mar 2015
An open letter to men everywhere: Question yourselves, question society

If "feminist" is such a dirty word, you can call me something else, anything else, as long as you don't make me shift focus. I don't know what to call this movement, no word seems powerful enough, sex

Burying the ghosts of the past, brick by brick
31st Aug 2013
Burying the ghosts of the past, brick by brick

The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna develops in the slow, haunting way of an urban gothic psychological thriller. There's a sleepy, mysterious village with a dark secret, into which stumbles a cheery Engl

Threadbare memoir held together by earnest gags
4th May 2013
Threadbare memoir held together by earnest gags

Imran Ahmad is born in Karachi in 1962 and moves with his family to England the following year. Instead of fine jobs and a comfortable existence, though, the Ahmad family faces systematic discriminati

Much beauty, little novelty to be found in Sidhwa’s stories
27th Apr 2013
Much beauty, little novelty to be found in Sidhwa’s stories

If Their Language of Love had been published two decades ago, it would have been the exact same book. Nothing — neither the stories nor the writing — would have been any different. This

Chauhan’s alphabet soup of Thakurs is a side-splitter
13th Apr 2013
Chauhan’s alphabet soup of Thakurs is a side-splitter

Perhaps it's best to read Those Pricey Thakur Girls when you are alone. Otherwise, how will you explain the endless guffaws that will emerge from you while you navigate New Delhi of the 1980s through

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