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Political drama ‘Pada’ is based on real events, explores Adivasi land rights

On October 4, 1996, militant activists who called themselves the Ayyankali Pada held the Collector of Palakkad, W.R Reddy, hostage and presented a series of demands focused on Adivasi (indigenous peoples) land rights. While...

A psychological horror novel set during British colonial times in Sri Lanka

Amanda Jayatissa has firmly established herself as prominent voice in South Asian popular fiction that blends horror, mythology, and mystery. Her first novel My Sweet Girl (2021) and her second You are Invited (2022)...

‘The Museum of Failures’ is an excellent example of Thrity Umrigar’s strengths as a...

Thrity Umrigar is the author of ten previous books including the popular The Space Between Us and the The Secrets Between Us. Museum of Failures is her 11th book for adults. Umrigar’s fiction often...

‘The East Indian’ imagines an Indian boy’s assimilation into colonial Virginia and complex racial...

Often South Asian immigration to North America is described as “new” and attributed to changes in the Immigration law of 1965. However, while the numbers of South Asian immigrants increased dramatically post-1965, South Asian...

Shahnaz Habib, author of Airplane Mode, to speak on travel at Third Place Books

Insightful, funny, moving, politically astute — these are the phrases that sum up Airplane Mode. The book consists of a series of interlinked chapters, in which author Shahnaz Habib turns the travel narrative on...

Two romance novels, ‘The Retreat’ and ‘Much Ado About Nada,’ offer refreshing depictions of...

South Asian writers are diversifying the romance genre and these two novels, The Retreat by Zara Raheem and Much Ado About Nada by Uzma Jalaluddin, offer more than just a predictable romance novel; they...

Jhumpa Lahiri’s new collection adeptly navigates textures of Rome’s psychological life

Jhumpa Lahiri is famous for her fiction that documents the Indo-American immigrant experience in works such as The Interpreter of Maladies — her debut work that won the Pulitzer — The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth,...

Sonali Kolhatkar, author of ‘Rising Up,’ to speak at Town Hall

Rising Up is a slender book in which Sonali Kolhatkar succinctly makes the argument that stories have the power to make social change. She begins by outlining how people of color encounter racism in...

“Murder at Jaipur” is a perfect, sumptuous mystery read for the summer  

Writer Bharti Kirchner is back with her intrepid Indian-American detective in her third Maya Mallick mystery, Murder at Jaipur (Camel Press, 2023). Fans of the series know that Maya is a globe- trotting detective...

The IE turns 50: A longtime arts writer looks back

More than 20 years ago, I was having lunch with local author Bharti Kirchner when she asked if I would be interested in doing book reviews for the International Examiner. I was then a...