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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nine years in office have been significant in many ways

PM Modi has taken the country on the path of progress with a leadership style that is not based on inheritance but on merit(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:22 AM IST

Interview: Manish Gaekwad, author, The Last Courtesan – “My mother and I were accomplices in this”

The genre of memoir was the best way to tell Rekhabai's story because she wanted to share her life in her own voice and not through another narrator. She wanted to be honest and truthful, and the memoir allowed her to do that. The process of writing the memoir was enjoyable and brought the author and Rekhabai closer together. Rekhabai would have been thrilled about the book's reception and the attention it is getting. The cover of the book features a picture of Rekhabai performing her routine as a dancer. The process of listening to Rekhabai's life story did not alter the author's relationship with the various places in India that the story unfolds in. The author's experience as a screenwriter influenced the narrative choices made in the book, but the prospect of selling movie rights did not influence how it was written. While working on the book, the author read various books including The Book of Disquiet and Fictions. If the book were to be made into a movie, the author would choose Tripti Dimri to play Rekhabai. Some depictions of courtesans in Indian cinema and literature that stood out for the author include Sardari Begum and Umrao Jaan Ada. The author believes that the stereotype of the tawaif as a sex-worker needs to be more informed. The author responds to gay men who romanticize the lives of courtesans by saying that if they find comfort and expression in courtesan-ship, why not? The author is currently working on a book about their own growing up years in the kotha and a rom-com film script.

Author Manish Gaekwad (Courtesy HarperCollins)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:13 PM IST

Tarot Card Readings: Tarot daily prediction for August 31, 2023

Let us delve into your daily tarot predictions for August 31, 2023.

Read your daily tarot prediction for August 31, 2023(Pixabay)
Published on Aug 31, 2023 12:05 PM IST

A new era in chess has begun. Nurture it

India's young chess prodigies, R Praggnanandhaa and D Gukesh, are proving that they are ready to compete for the highest level.

**EDS: GRAB VIA worldcup2023.fide.com** Baku: Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa and Norway's Grandmaster and World No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen during the first game of the final match of the Chess World Cup 2023, in Baku, Tuesday, Aug 22, 2023. The first game of the world cup final ended in a draw after 35 moves. (PTI Photo)(PTI08_22_2023_000248B)(PTI)
Published on Aug 28, 2023 08:19 AM IST
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Exotic caravan tourism service set to launch in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Tourists in Andaman and Nicobar Islands can soon hire luxury caravans at exotic locations, offering a comfortable and adventurous stay.

Caravans are a unique tourism product, which promotes family-oriented tours even in circuits/destinations which do not have adequate hotel accommodation. (Unsplash/Alpert WANG)
Published on Aug 18, 2023 12:51 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri, Port Blair
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