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Review: the wrestler and the courtesan

La.lit | February 27, 2013

His translation of the Urdu epic Hoshruba is expected to run to 8000 pages in 24 volumes, but Musharraf Ali Farooqi minces no words in his latest novel, Between Clay and Dust

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Pashupati Hotel

Narayan Dhakal | February 26, 2013

Before the People’s Movement broke out, in early 1990, we would spend the evenings killing time at Pashupati Hotel. Despite its name – which it shared with the temple to Shiva – the hotel was quite run-down.

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Seeking a purpose

La.lit | February 21, 2013

The search for the meaning of life has long been linked with an idea of purposefulness. Within the traditional Hindu caste system, one derived a purpose by virtue of birth into a specific caste group...

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The fierce one

La.lit | February 17, 2013

Nepal watchers will get their fix with this non-hagiographic take on the man who has dominated the country's politics, for better or worse, for the greater part of two decades. Deepak Adhikari's insights into the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...