Rohinton Mistry

La.lit | February 15, 2013

A mistri is a craftsman, and it was no surprise when Rohinton Mistry was last year awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. In an essay titled Rohinton Mistry’s Omniscient Gaze in this issue of World Literature Today, Samrat Upadhyay pays tribute to the Indian-Canadian writer, commending him in particular for his ability to, in […]

Three R’s of narrative nonfiction

La.lit | February 10, 2013

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about narrative non-fiction, longform journalism, or literary non-fiction, call it what you will. But what is it, apart from being “not fiction”? In essence, you might say it’s the use of literary forms to present the truth. But these forms, in many cases, were developed for the service of […]

Exploring the sexes

La.lit | February 7, 2013

Ignorance and insecurity remain drivers of the vulnerabilities faced by sexual minorities. But the attitudes and stances that define a society’s views towards these marginal characters is not much different from the gaze it directs towards its women. This gaze remains consistent across cultures. Casey Plett explores the fate of being transgender in such a […]

Submission guidelines

La.lit | January 29, 2013

La.Lit welcomes submissions from all over the universe and in whatever tongue you communicate in. The basic criterion is that your material, as per the collective judgment of our editorial team, has quality or relevance or preferably, a combination of both. We will consider for publication on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photo stories, and graphic […]

Jaipur Literature Festival: Day 2

La.lit | January 26, 2013

The second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival saw a rewarding focus on literature. The first session we attended saw Uday Prakash and Jason Grunebaum read in Hindi and English respectively from sections of the three stories included in┬áThe Walls of Delhi, shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literary Prize. Moderated by Namita Gokhale, the […]

Jaipur Literature Festival: Day 1

La.lit | January 24, 2013

What is a literature festival for? The writers or for the literature? The first day of the festival was a mixed bag. It saw the Dalai Lama, in conversation with Pico Iyer, talk about the importance of honesty. The assumption behind his Holiness’s statement was that most unenlightened beings are not honest with themselves

Au Lecteur

Rabi Thapa | January 21, 2013

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Amod Bhattarai | January 18, 2013

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What is a classic? A hundred years of Nepali literature (1900-2000)

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A literary work that possesses the quality of being eternally significant by building upon historically relevant work in a creatively stylistic manner can be