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I wrote a book review after ages, but then this was a special kind of book. The review is just out in Biblio , and will be up soon at .   THE BOOK OF DOG is edited by Hemali Sodhi is a beautiful hardback of 311 pages and is priced Rs 699. It is published by HarperCollins India. ___  “Dogs read the world through their noses and write their history in urine”, wrote J. R. Ackerley, and in The Book of Dog , Simba, Rufus, Laika, Pali, Buggy, Siddhi, and dozens of others gambol en pack , reading the world, writing their histories, leaving a trail of pawmarks in your mind. It is as if, all of a sudden, the room is joyously crowded with a wagging, panting, licking, drooling, nipping bunch. As they flop down in various corners having tousled the cushions, raided the bin, showered everything with fur, and spread anarchy, their people beam adoringly. And then start telling stories of their lives together, in which it is clear that the dog, by virtue of being dog, has ensl
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Inhabiting the world: Ranikhet, Abu Dhabi and London/ Paris Book Fair, 22 April 2022

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Daughter of India

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  I have the huge privilege of being in conversation about the Earthspinner with the brilliant Sri Lankan writer and publisher Ameena Hussein at the Jaipur Literature Festival . The session is on 8th March, at 1230 pm IST, at the Mughal Tent, available online. It's fabulous to be talking to each other again about a new book. We were in conversation in 2016 too, in Galle, Sri Lanka, where we met. I found her one of the most interesting and lively conversationalists about literature I've encountered. I loved Ameena's own new book, IBN BATTUTA IN SRI LANKA.    It is an effortless intertwining of history, family memoir, travelogue. The spread of Islam in the second century meant hospitable networks worldwide, enabling Ibn Battuta to travel far and wide, including to SL. With a blend of very engaging detective work, map reading and travel, Ameena reconstructs Ibn Battuta’s journeys in her country. Tongue-in-cheek vignettes place modern day Sri Lanka against the past: where plac


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The Earthspinner will be published in India on 3 September and in the UK on 9 September.