Weekend reads: Stories on how novelists find inspiration, Begum Akhtar's legacy, wrestling village and more

Weekend reads: Stories on how novelists find inspiration, Begum Akhtar's legacy, wrestling village and more
Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Elif Shafak. Photos: Shutterstock
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1. Where do Booker-prize authors find their inspiration? The authors on the 2019 shortlist - Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Elif Shafak - reveal the secrets behind their novels, in The Guardian

2.Mukul Kesavan writes on the joy of reading science fiction, in The Telegraph

3. Shreya Ila Anasuya pays rich tributes to Begum Akhtar, one of India's greatest singers, popularly known as 'Mallika-e-Ghazal', Queen of Ghazals, in Mint

4. University teacher Maroona Murmu describes the everyday exclusionary experiences of Adivasis in education spaces in West Bengal, in The India Forum

5. Rohini Mohan writes about the living conditions of Madhya Pradesh villagers, who are displaced by Sardar Sarovar Dam, in The Hindu

Weekend reads: Stories on how novelists find inspiration, Begum Akhtar's legacy, wrestling village and more
The Sardar sarovar Dam on River Narmada at Kevdiya Colony, Bharuch, Gujarat. Photo: Shutterstock

6. In an clandestinely written memoir, jailed Turkish novelist and political dissident Ahmet Altan remembers the single sentence that changed everything at the moment of his arrest. An excerpt in the Longreads

7. We only eat about 40 per cent of a fish. But there’s much more to it than that, from the head to the bones to the eyes. Sue Quinn tells you how to waste less fish and enjoy more, in The Independent

8. Bhavna Faizullabhoy tracks the fascinating life story of Hans Dalal, who overcame cerebral palsy to became a crusader to save tigers, in Conde Nast Traveller

9. The real reason to skip Joker is that it’s boring. Not even Joaquin Phoenix can save this muddled, monotonous movie, writes Dana Stevens, in Slate

Weekend reads: Stories on how novelists find inspiration, Begum Akhtar's legacy, wrestling village and more

10. In The Indian Express, Mihir Vasavda writes about the wrestling village of Chahara in Haryana, which pinned itself on the Olympics map. Of the four wrestlers who qualified for the Tokyo Games via the World Championships, two began their journey in Chhara

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