Booklists

The Curious Reader is an Indian online literary magazine. We look at the world through the lens of literature.

The Bizarre Ways Some Male Authors Describe Women

More often than not male authors describe women unrealistically in their books. Read this piece to understand why society hasn’t put a stop to this.

The Pleasures Of Writing A Debut Novel

In this essay, Rehana tells us how writing a debut novel can be an exciting, nerve-wracking and liberating experience, all at once.

Are We Living In A Dystopian India?

Can fiction help us understand India’s political climate? Deya looks at dystopian fiction to figure out whether we are living in a dystopian India.

Lessons In Empathy From “The Adivasi Will Not Dance”

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s “The Adivasi Will Not Dance” is a collection of ten poignant yet confrontational short stories. Find out what Monisha learnt from reading them.

The Classics: A Roadmap For Teenagers

If you want your teenager to read the classics, follow this roadmap, designed by Henry Eliot, creative editor of Penguin Classics.

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