Coping With War, Afghans Turn to Art and Books
May 24, 2019

Coping With War, Afghans Turn to Art and Books

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Dealing with decades of violence and war, Afghans turn to art and books to soothe their souls.

Daryaganj: Old World Charm at Delhi’s Used Book Bazaar
May 07, 2018

Daryaganj: Old World Charm at Delhi’s Used Book Bazaar

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Delhi’s Sunday book market is exceptional and very Indian.
Philip Hensher’s 'Scenes From Early Life'
July 12, 2012

Philip Hensher’s 'Scenes From Early Life'

What makes this novel/memoir set in war-torn Bangladesh special? Empathy, argues Amitav Ghosh.

Not Lost in Translation
April 27, 2011

Not Lost in Translation

Kyung-Sook Shin’s latest novel has hit it big in the US. So why has ‘Please Look After Mom’ been so successful?

June 21, 2010

Muslim Women Reformers

Muslim reformers who risk persecution, death – in a groundbreaking new anthology.

The Perfect Partner
June 04, 2010

The Perfect Partner

A new book by two Australian women shows fabulous new ways to enjoy wine with food.

May 13, 2010

Vietnam: Still Rising Dragon

Author of new book finds inspiration (and censorship) in the noisy and vibrant country.

Vietnam: Rising Dragon
April 13, 2010

Vietnam: Rising Dragon

A new book says, whatever happens in Vietnam next won’t be dull.

February 12, 2010

Flavours of Asia

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Mai Pham was born in Vietnam, raised in Thailand and moved to the US-where she currently resides-with her family back in 1975. And despite having started her professional career as a TV reporter, she eventually turned

December 16, 2009

Dear Santa: A Wish List Item

On Sunday I celebrated Hanukkah for the first time–mostly by eating too many hot-off-the-grill homemade latkas. My point is that these days, I don’t tend to adhere to any one particular holiday’s customs. And so with Christmas fast approaching, I’m

December 15, 2009

Charismatic Author of Upcoming Rock & Roll Jihad

I didn’t know there was a ‘Pakistani U2,’ but according to my recent research into the region there is, and it’s rock and roll band Junoon. Although the group has been in hiatus since 2005, it’s still arguably one of the most popular and influential

December 07, 2009

A New Must-Read

I’ve got a poinsettia on my desk, and the pressure not to let this year’s die of negligence is pretty high. It’s the least I can do for a plant that serves as a positive daily reminder of a certain celebratory time of the year that is fast approachin

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