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1 January, 2019 | 7 min read
Nayanjot LahiriProfessor of History,
Ashoka University
Ph.D. Delhi University

Nayanjot Lahiri, in her latest book dives into the past to search for clues left behind by early inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent to reveal to us our ancient land in all its splendour. The scholar’s wit and her curious energy shines through as she links the past to the present; a civilization to the world and beyond.

“Who were ancient India’s “first couple?” This unlikely question from a purveyor of India’s antiquity is one among the many explorations in historian-archaeologist Nayanjot Lahiri’s latest book, ‘Time Pieces – A Whistle-Stop Tour of Ancient India.’

Lahiri attempts to open a window to ancient India via facets that are “important from the contemporary perspective: food and hygiene, art and identity, environment and emotions.””

Janice PariatAssistant Professor,Creative Writing andHistory of Art,Ashoka University
English Literature,St.Stephen’s College
History of Art,
School of Oriental and African Studies

Janice Pariat’s ‘The Nine-Chambered Heart’ is a deeply intimate, luminous and fine-boned novel that explores the nature of intimacy and how each connection you make forms who you are.

“Nine characters recall their relationship with a young woman – the same woman – whom they have loved, or who has loved them. We piece her together, much like we do with others in our lives, in incomplete but illuminating slivers. Set in familiar and nameless cities, moving between East and West, this kaleidoscopic novella builds a life with colour, with light and dark, and in turn asks the reader: How does the world see you?”

The book has been published in India, Romania, Spain and the UK and will be published in France, Germany, Italy and Norway. It has been shortlisted for Tata Book of the Year Award 2018 and is on the shortlist for Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award 2018.

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