Culture

  • Tarak Mehta (1929-2017) had an eye for observation

    Among the humorists in Gujarat who wrote/write for newspapers and magazines, Tarak Mehta (1929-2017) stood out with the visual and narrative qualities of his writing. He developed an eye for observation as he grew up and lived in the middleclass…

  • Abhijat Joshi: Knowing the Man Behind 3 Idiots, PK and Lage Raho Munnabhai

    The acclaimed screenwriter speaks about his raison d’etre for writing.  “The three commandments of Ingmar Bergman: Entertainment is your responsibility and priority because the audience is not coming for a sociological treatise. Do not sell your soul while entertaining, like…

  • Twisted Sobriety : Fab Fables #12

    She sat there, numb, clutching her phone tightly. Her eyes frozen and cheeks stained with tears. It seemed that heartbeat had completely lost its sense of rhythm. Her phone rang again. She hated it. After all, it was the same…

  • For Classic tales make Classic cinema after all!

    The literature will every time discover its road to reach the silver screen, even though the readers argue with the saying, ‘Never judge a book by the movie’, and film lovers revolt saying,’stories are brought to life’. Here is a…

  • Autumn Reads 2016: What to read from the Indian Authors

    With quite a few new releases in fiction and non-fiction, India’s citizens have been given many options for books to get engrossed in this autumn. Quite a few popular releases in Hindi have made the country’s literature scene all the…

  • TGILF : A LitFest that aims to be enlightening!

    Imagine a gathering under a single dome full of literary heads discussing, socializing, interacting, learning and meeting everyone present. Spending afternoons talking books, evenings hearing writers exclaiming their experiences, other days listening to panelists discussing the world over relevant literature topics. This is…

  • Man Booker Prize 2016: bag of bold choices & young authors

    Judges for top British literary award the Man Booker Prize spurned big-name novelists in favour of experimental new talent. None of the six writers who made the cut for the coveted prize for fiction is well known outside literary circles.Those…

  • Flashback: Female Poets and the India of their musings

    Lets take a look at some of the most important pre and post Independence Women Poets from India. Male folks, as it was the norm in most part of the world largely dominated literature in India. History however along with the…

  • Harnidh Kaur on the War of Poetry

      She isn’t the quintessential pen-toting, old-fashioned poet. If you meet her, it’s quite likely that you’ll see her furiously jabbing away at her smartphone, jotting down poetry on the Google Keep app or unleashing another post into the big…

  • Himalayan Stories in Books

    Older than the oldest grandfather, The Himalayan range has always been mystical and homage to serenity. There is something about the mountains that is being able to turn people inwards. Attracting wanderlusts, sages and seekers since decades, its mesmerizing beauty can be deceiving…

  • Miguel de Cervantes : an introduction to the Spanish literary great

    A Spanish writer, poet and philosopher, who himself became a revolution of Spanish literature and language.  His contribution towards Spanish literary was so impactful that people started calling the language as La lengua de Cervantes (The language of Cervantes). The…

  • Fernandes Bridge : a unique book market of Ahmedabad !

    Fernandes Bridge, the street is connecting readers with writers, students with publishers and curios beings with answers since decades. The Chopda Bazaar of Fernandes Bridge is one of the oldest Book Market in Ahmedabad Gujarat that serves thousands of people flocking…

  • The Nest : Fab Fables #1

    She looked around and took a deep breath. After all the bellowing and angst filled moments, finally everything was packed. Her friends had suggested to hire movers and packers as they knew how to pack and that would reduce her…

  • GOT it right on print or on celluloid: The patron’s debate

    Lets go back to the Red Wedding. The episodes were revolving around Arya and Catelyn’s perception now; Arya was struggling her approach towards the Twins with the Hound, while a Frey wedding was celebrated within the citadel by Catelyn and…

  • 159 year old library in Ahmedabad

    Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold free of cost. It can also be named as the commercial capital of Ahmedabad because it was historically one of the first…

  • WHY DO WE STILL REMEMBER SHAKESPEARE?

    In Greek tragedies like Oedipus the King and Agamemnon, it is the gods and fate that pull the strings and humans, like puppets, behave the way they do. In Shakespeare’s tragedies like King Lear and Othello, the factors that cause…

  • One of the oldest library of Ahmedabad – A discovery

    The oldest library of Ahmedabad, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, is blessed with quietness of the mosque that surrounds it. Ahmedabad has internationally carved its identity on the globe through the numerous mosques dotted across the city. The air confined…

  • Shelfie Love!

    Books light up one’s world. The shaft of light that books cast make even the darkest or dullest moments a fountain of glittering joy sprinklers. The way that books percolate through the layers of the skin, the cells to touch…

  • The New York Public Library

    ‘The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress),…

  • Narsinh Mehta – Remembering the legend

    Narsinh Mehta an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna continues to reside in our hearts even today, after 600 years. Such is the presence of souls like Narsinh Mehta. Being a pioneer of Gujarati bhakti (devotional) literature, Narsinh Mehta started his…

  • Discovering Umashankar Joshi

    It was not like every other day. I woke up late, maid didn’t turn up and car was punctured. Well, it didn’t end there. Later, I got stuck in a traffic jam. While cursing my luck and answering multiple calls…

  • Ismat Chughtai – a brief introduction

    “Only progressive literature can produce self-confidence. It will be disappointing if our writers don’t use their pen for the betterment of the common people, because if writers, journalists and thinkers turn away from present-day circumstances and write merely for personal…