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📚 💃🏽 | Novelist, The Wildings, The 100 Names of Darkness | Columnist, @FTLifeArts, formerly NYT opinion writer & Business Standard

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"The truth is no writer comes 'out of nowhere' ... a writer’s growth is often a slog, the slow burn of reading and… https://t.co/tWBbX5IUjHWalking the #Brahmaputra River in #India means getting swept away—by life, and death, and an undertow of immense si… https://t.co/qm9k5FaAcm
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyJulia Gillard at #ftlive and #ftwomen: "It's not about fixing women, it's about fixing the way they're perceived." https://t.co/amSWSkwqiBAt @ftlive, and so happy to hear leaders like Inga Beale say that change must happen much faster. Over and over ag… https://t.co/j4cVkHREWb
10/17
2019
I don't care if I get trolled for this, but I want to say that I hope I live long enough for people to appreciate h… https://t.co/yifEZbzyVh
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10/16
2019
With so much bad stuff happening in the world, I decided that what I really, really needed to write about.....was p… https://t.co/C7S0UUBliQ
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyA month of glittering book prizes; re-reading Amitav Ghosh's The Testimony of My Grandfather's Bookcase (1988): "… https://t.co/hfkAhhMSzRBernadine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood together winners of @TheBookerPrizes. Two amazing novels, intergenerational… https://t.co/KL65HqOOz3
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy"These are two books we started not wanting to give up and the more we talked about them the more we treasured both… https://t.co/BLvTaRyxCrBreaking: The Man Booker Prize went to Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo https://t.co/7VxJo8nt5L
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10/15
2019
@NobelPrize The poverty lab and their trial-based research approach to discovery in how to change systems has been… https://t.co/gIVC00f1Ap
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyWatch this TED talk from Esther Duflo – awarded the 2019 Prize in Economic Sciences – where she explains the experi… https://t.co/mQ9PyLyaIi
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyAbhijit Banerjee is perhaps the first economist to get a Nobel who’s also gone to jail. Where else, but as a studen… https://t.co/plLwrFcrGO
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy+ (Apologies, I should have credited @CafeEconomics for that 2011 story and profile.)"What spending time with the poor taught me is that the poor have much more complicated lives than us, and they hav… https://t.co/hlnQMGL9nKEconomist Abhijit Banerjee is a joint winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Economics, here is @mkvenu1's old inter… https://t.co/1NWLI5FrgD
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyDelighted to hear that Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Dufflo have won the Nobel Prize for Economics. Richly deserved.… https://t.co/CPRCEAnBV8
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10/14
2019
"...all around them people are walking happily across this border in both directions. You’d think there wasn’t a bo… https://t.co/mf8U6i151w
10/13
2019
#Video | Over 1500 prominent citizens endorsed a letter written by 49 public figures who were charged with sedition… https://t.co/tXGy9WTNmI
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @IlariaMariaSala Banville, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Atwood, Condé, Yan Lianke, Anne Carson... hardly a lack of choice. Th… https://t.co/smx65LQdsnShirin Neshat: "“They don’t know what their tomorrow looks like, and that immediacy of vulnerability plays a major… https://t.co/Mm84nTQWGfA historian who shed light on colonial-era opium trade in the city - Mumbai Mirror https://t.co/ifqu8fXBdA
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy+ 2/2 A cruel hoax, though, to play on such a fine writer. “I was disappointed of course. When you are phoned up… https://t.co/bnjI9phGAZFrom scandal to controversy to an elaborate hoax call made to John Banville, interesting times for the Swedish Acad… https://t.co/EUmivP5u8NHello I wrote this about Olga Tokarczuk winning the @NobelPrize for @parisreview https://t.co/hiqehX6hfz
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10/12
2019
“Poetry is not a fancy way of giving you information; it’s an incantation. It is actually a magic spell. It changes… https://t.co/8lkuO5XQo9
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyWhen you finally hear from a friend who's been silenced by the #Kashmir lockdown for the last 68 days. https://t.co/leGB5IEQ3wWhile the Iliad and the Odyssey have been read by scholars for about 150 generations, “Gilgamesh” has been studied… https://t.co/DXXWAlIOJ4
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThrilled that my work in India has been awarded the Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia b… https://t.co/2htkrfbeVg
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyI have deployed hydrogen peroxide, iodine, rubbing alcohol, sheep’s fat, cooking oil, talcum powder, ice, salt wate… https://t.co/YGx6MJzm3C
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10/11
2019
You would think that handing out the world’s most prestigious literary award — along with a check for almost $1 mil… https://t.co/dpkh9Zshel
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThis from The @NewYorker, on Olga Tokarczuk's vision of Poland as a cosmopolitan country, in contrast to the narrow… https://t.co/GplDK9phsY
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy+ Favourite #Nobel literature hot take of the day, from a grumpy publisher friend: "Time they changed its name to t… https://t.co/QRoTl7rxzD+ Meanwhile, Handke. This is going to come up a lot today: "I don’t know the truth. But I look. I listen. I feel.… https://t.co/Mi7Jn90XymDelighted that Tokarczuk was awarded, though was secretly hoping for an Atwood-Tokarczuk or Anne Carson-Tokarczuk d… https://t.co/K19pIxjlhv#NobelPrize2019 https://t.co/RpSoWodyUF
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyBREAKING NEWS: The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. The Nobel Pri… https://t.co/TsgY6EJbXd
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyOlga Tokarczuk wins the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018; Peter Handke wins for 2019. #NobelPrize2019 #literatureIt has been brought to my attention that @FatboySlim has mixed @GretaThunberg’s speech into “right here, right now”… https://t.co/yGxAnE7gYi
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThe top 20 global polluters — Coal India at number 8: https://t.co/fpIE8N8AfJ#ICYMI: @cdivakaruni and @GhoshAmitav talked on @lithub about exploring modern concepts such as immigration and cli… https://t.co/Y8rpgnZci4
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Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy"We have been caged." https://t.co/30sNLsVQak
10/10
2019
Who isn’t going to win the Nobel Prize in Literature this year? https://t.co/pTVPkdCv1i
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThere was a young man called Telemachus who was bullied and in a dilemma 'cause he missed his lost dad and his mom… https://t.co/t3EYRRMbvh
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyYes let us celebrate the dropping an individual case of sedition. But don’t stop. Use it as an opportunity to rally… https://t.co/w70IbOwbjU
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy"Police spokesperson Jitendra Kumar told NDTV that the chief of the district police has termed the case "maliciousl… https://t.co/dTIwXIPe7ZOdysseys and road journeys, the Cemetery of the Companionless, the rich lives of girls and older women, a time of m… https://t.co/mMhCb7Paa6+ "So that mann ki baat doesn't become maun ki baat." https://t.co/m4dJzjwkFg"More of us will speak every day." https://t.co/NRxnY9ygSGIf you really care to really understand, you will listen and learn. Thank you @srinathraghava3https://t.co/SJIuCwgHgA
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyMy Report : Legal experts believe there is no case against the eminent citizens who wrote a letter to Prime Ministe… https://t.co/jWNPl70uM6
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is 40 this year. Is the book's enduring popularity down to the author creating… https://t.co/2yF4HsG8j7
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy"Like compound interest in a bank, the number of species increases at a constant rate each year, resulting in a muc… https://t.co/4dYrrYutlQTurns out bats talk and 60% of what they say is arguments, including a whole category of calls for “males making un… https://t.co/m1vebgyarJ
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10/9
2019
The Mountain of Mail protest, sedition edition: https://t.co/m6PAv71GRO @reshii Devastating. I'm so sorry you and the family had to go through such a traumatic loss. It feels as though we… https://t.co/uyqu5wESMkCongratulations, @Ram_Guha, and so glad for your years of work, research, writing and speaking up with such courage. https://t.co/TM5DG8THqE
10/8
2019
The good @vivekisms joined me in ep 141 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his memoir about growing up gay. We d… https://t.co/zRXUaC7wHZ
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyOn complicity -- @AngelaDSaini: "We must remember Galton as who he really was, and see him in full glare with noth… https://t.co/XOPXloRPc3The truth is this: across the world, contrarian right-wing ideologues are targeting children and science. Kids are… https://t.co/QFBnmOrzBX
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyOur online #booksale continues! The #ZubaanMela ends on 10 October, so make sure you visit our webstore by then fo… https://t.co/ESAcJHE3ue
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyZadie Smith: "We also forget what writers are: people with voices in our heads and a great deal of inappropriate… https://t.co/JsVZAApJ18Amartya Sen: "...Democracy is government by discussion, and, if you make discussion fearful, you are not going to g… https://t.co/H68gJZbvgMOn the history of Macaulay's sedition law, this 2016 primer by Abhinav Chandrachud: https://t.co/ViLAb1FDcx"Diversity was not merely something that we were surrounded by; it was, and is, a part of our consciousness, our se… https://t.co/Zxc1AC63aE
10/7
2019
The felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey forest to make way for a shed for the Mumbai Metro exemplifies the governmen… https://t.co/1l82vwuHGi
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyAt Kali Bari, New Delhi. https://t.co/pHlJLefugc
10/6
2019
How to write an author bio — Zora Neale Huston: "I have served and been served. I have made some good enemies for… https://t.co/JwsA363nfl"With online surveillance, digital reading carries with it great risks and semi-permanent footprints; a physical bo… https://t.co/EHsnQQzaSiToday in the State of the Nation. You'd expect this in an autocracy, not a democracy, but not sure how much longer… https://t.co/z0aHp3PxGXDelighted our work at @TheWire_in is being seen as a new way of going about journalism. Humbled to be part of the g… https://t.co/r4Qn0AMp48
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyAnd then there were five. @TheJCBPrize for Literature 2019 shortlist. https://t.co/zWiZ2VkkSM
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10/4
2019
@MasalaBai Thank you so much, Ritu, am so touched! Not sure I deserve this praise, but it is so sweet of you and ha… https://t.co/Wagr5x8gw7
10/3
2019
+ "The truth is that, regardless of the governments in power, universities need academic freedom to flourish, they… https://t.co/IVh5BXySNt"We learnt a new way of perceiving history, a new way of reading our colonial and human experience, a new way of as… https://t.co/ODlIW73hp3The government has admitted that 144 minors have been detained since August 5, and children as young as 9 and 11 ye… https://t.co/NGFjkuwiRP
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyDaily reminder that under the Constitution, this "balance" requires the State to demonstrate that the restriction o… https://t.co/r9lXl76JUs
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyAlmost two months. https://t.co/aYRifV8OEY"The fantasy we're both writing is drawing not just on the things that came after Tolkien, but on the whole of thes… https://t.co/B6F6NZZ3S4"Predictors use data to drive people’s emotions in the direction they want without care about who is hurt and how..… https://t.co/gU70MC4qTq
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy"We crane our necks to see the wreckage of powerful male careers without even bothering to wonder about the women w… https://t.co/WYYJRpqM2o“Plant a billion trees!” Which, where, why, why not, how? Who cares! When details of reports are not read deep & s… https://t.co/R8rouEpCp1
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyMake no mistake, a year later, the civil defamation lawsuits are not to secure/restore personal reputation. They ar… https://t.co/SDNdvxxADy
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roystrongly recommend blocking high-profile trolls whenever you encounter them instead of impulsively rage-sharing the… https://t.co/efcXfZCSfd
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10/1
2019
A searching, thoughtful conversation between two great thinker-activists @NaomiAKlein and @wenstephenson https://t.co/bV8AtFBUJK
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyAnd this... all happening as the first anniversary of India’s #MeToo movement approaches. https://t.co/kj2bWmOz1K
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyOne year ago MBS silenced our colleague Jamal Khashoggi. But he could not silence the demands for freedom, as prove… https://t.co/uq7HN9MBP9
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyFifteen years since her bestselling debut, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, we're delighted to announce PIRANESI – th… https://t.co/mjNAHIS7HR
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyMargaret Atwood: "Interviewer: But the novel’s been declared dead a few times since then. As a form. MA: Well,… https://t.co/n7YxZvXqLnOur new multimedia series Sound, Fury and 4G gives you exclusive access to stories of youth and angst from rural an… https://t.co/yqmBbqCHBM
Retweeted by Nilanjana Roy @IndiaMeToo Six women accused Seth — if @InkpotConclave has forgotten, here's a comprehensive report from 2018: https://t.co/tUNxz9RmjxThe article, & the thread is gold. Dedicated to the alarming, astounding insanity of our obsession with #lawns! —… https://t.co/LvWKVX7Xsj
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyGrossman records an exchange with another Novy mir editor, Boris Agapov: Agapov: “I want to make your novel sa… https://t.co/0Uh9VzxE0CI get a variety of *interesting* responses when someone asks me what I do and I say that I’m a professor of African… https://t.co/vtCAqtFJTi
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyIt's been four years, as of this past weekend, since a Muslim man named Mohammed Akhlaq was dragged from his home i… https://t.co/jV0YMafbkt
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9/30
2019
Here's @arunava/ @scroll_in on the #DSCPrize2019: "the scope for diversity that is baked into the framework" e.g. d… https://t.co/HFfCnl6ELL
Retweeted by Nilanjana RoyLucy Prebble, revealing trade secrets: “What I’m using when I think about Putin is I’m using the part of myself t… https://t.co/SBjlmG2zFQ @KitchenBee Kasundi (fermented mustard paste, a fiery, layered sauce) or a raw mango/ tomato-kul/ bottle-gourd/ tam… https://t.co/X6ZfrxI4Go+ Chabon: "To experience the truth in art reminds us that there is such a thing as truth. Truth lives. It can be f… https://t.co/0NoywDebY2
9/28
2019

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