A note on the issue: The stories we vote for

This week, we look at the fundamentals of living in a democratic society through a curated set of books Every five years when India votes, everyone gears up for the “world’s largest election”. “India watchers” are eager to tell you “everything you need to know”, X analysts put out quick-fix …

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12 writers on their literary experiences of democracy

This election season, Lounge invited 12 distinguished writers to share stories, poems, books and memories that shaped their idea of democracy in India Every five years, as Indian democracy gears up for its biggest carnival—the general election—publishers fall in step with the spirit of the season. Suddenly bookshops are flush …

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Show a little kindness to lower the temperature

The doorbell rang in the middle of a hot April afternoon in Kolkata. It was yet another courier, the third of the afternoon. The temperature was already inching towards 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity was high. The family had drawn the curtains, turned on the air-conditioning and settled in …

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