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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Manjula Padmanabhan

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Profile of Manjula Padmanabhan

Articles by Manjula Padmanabhan

Culture In His Folds

Culture In His Folds

Sep 11, 2019

Nagarkar’s long-necked grazing on the fields of literature, films, food and his gift for friendship

Tarragona Diary

Tarragona Diary

Aug 01, 2018

In this week's diary, a playwright and writer talks about her visit to Tarragona.

Loose Contacts

Loose Contacts

Aug 05, 1996

A depressing assortment of grim and grimy life experiences

A Princely Story

A Princely Story

Feb 24, 1997

A historical tale, recounted with astonishing power and grace

A Cosmic Taj

A Cosmic Taj

Aug 09, 1997

Frittered into sundry insular herds, many of us have nothing to celebrate

One Straight Line

One Straight Line

Aug 22, 1998

Life for Laxman is a linear path, remembered minus ambiguity

My Book of the Century

My Book of the Century

Oct 24, 1998

Was He A Master?

Was He A Master?

Jun 26, 1999

A veteran writer's saga of defeat evokes only impatience

India 2099

India 2099

Nov 06, 1999

The 'nation' a 100 years from now

All Smoke, No Fire

All Smoke, No Fire

Apr 29, 2000

Irony, love, decadence, Pakistani-style: but where's the heart?

Fluffy Word-Cakes

Fluffy Word-Cakes

Jan 26, 2002

Gour's self-consciousness only makes the flaws in her own writing less excusable.

Such A Fine Journey

Such A Fine Journey

May 11, 2002

Skilful tale, compassionately told, but marred by a few oblique biases

Flutter Bye-Bye

Flutter Bye-Bye

Jun 01, 2002

The author's idealism and vivid imagination do not make up for the horror-comics feel.

In Residence

In Residence

Jun 08, 2002

Friends Colony and its contrasts.

Cloying Homilies

Cloying Homilies

Dec 15, 2001

Requires no mental effort to understand and has no distracting literary qualities.

Odd Accents

Odd Accents

Feb 08, 2003

Part II of this novel is so superior to Part I that I would prefer to think of it as a separate narrative altogether.

Heady Scents

Heady Scents

May 15, 2004

Smart and engaging, these stories define the craft of short fiction.

No Storm, Just a Lall

No Storm, Just a Lall

Jan 15, 2005

Despite being a well-written book with an interesting story to tell, by the third quarter of it, I found myself struggling.

Cast Of Caricatures

Cast Of Caricatures

Jul 03, 2004

It is easy to suspect that the cartoonist is only playing with his readers, using caricatures instead of characters, and lurid stage sets instead of a plot.

Middle-Class Indiana

Middle-Class Indiana

Aug 28, 2004

It is such a relief, and these days such a rare treat, to read a well-written book. The ideas and plot flow lucidly together...

Gender Blunders

Gender Blunders

Oct 16, 2004

This lavishly illustrated book is too informal and imprecise to do more than skim the surface.

Memories Of Mom

Memories Of Mom

Jun 25, 2005

Brings home the unfairness that keeps Indian writers from getting the acclaim they deserve if they write outside the magic circle of English.

Of Fact And Fictoid

Of Fact And Fictoid

Jan 13, 2007

In which the reviewer imitates the book's technique, avoiding straightforward prose for "something more creative"...

Gorgondola Any Day

Gorgondola Any Day

Feb 10, 2007

No doubt the several translators have performed a heroic task, but the results are disappointing.

Small Town, Big Heart

Small Town, Big Heart

Mar 17, 2007

The book is about the adrenaline rush of humdrum survival eked out within the casually chaotic, blood-drenched mobocracy of today's India.

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