Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

The big daddy of literature festivals is back again this year with the likes of Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, Ruskin Bond and many others.

Lines in the sand

Winston Churchill wrote of Seven Pillars of Wisdom: ‘It ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language. As a narrative of war and adventureâ?¦it is unsurpassable.â?

The extraordinary life of Joseph Conrad

From smuggling arms to the Caribbean revolutionaries to watching the Belgian republic’s avaricious slave-and-ivory trade first hand, Joseph Conrad was much more than a wandering seaman with strange tales

Airport stories

From the story of a man who lives in an airport to the tales of thirteen stranded passengers at another airport

No man’s land: The history of war in India

“The grain of the land” that soldiers often talk about is vertical, or waterless, or it’s freezing cold, or steamy hot. Far more men die in Siachen of exposure and/or pulmonary oedema than of bullet-wounds.

We are family

Even as his books make a riotous comeback, Gerald Durell was never far from home. He is the go-to man for all kinds of creature comforts

Ruskin Bond

For the well-known author, staying in Mussoorie is like being on a permanent holiday