Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Kabuliwala’ to get a contemporary remake

One of Rabindranath Tagore’s most popular short stories, Kabuliwala, will be told once again in film. In this new remake, Mithun Chakravarthy will reportedly play the titular role of Rehemat, an itinerant merchant from Kabul, Afghanistan, who strikes an unlikely friendship with a 5-year-old girl during his yearly visits to Kolkata. Though it is fiction,… Read more »

Wanderings of a Pilgrim, in search of the Picturesque, Vol I

This mid 19th-century book by Fanny Parkes Parlby is an account that illustrates her independent travels in India. Fanny Parkes, born as Frances Susanna Archer in 1794, arrived in Calcutta from England in 1822 and eventually set out on solo explorations, sometimes on horseback or a boat, across India. She pieced together her account from… Read more »

Sandman in the Desert

Now that rockstar sci-fi novelist and Twitter darling, Neil Gaiman, has confirmed his presence at next year’s Jaipur Literature Festival, it’s time to re-read his greatest hits. Also, we recommend this oldie-but-goodie: a 2013 lecture by the author on the importance of libraries, reading and daydreaming