How to write three books before you are 30

When his peers were probably still settling into their chosen careers, Manu S Pillai published his first book. The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore, a detailed history of the last female ruler of the southern Indian Travancore dynasty, was published by HarperCollins in 2015—when Pillai was just […]

The walk of life: Nigerian Booker-winner Ben Okri on poetry, his mother’s stories, and a new novel

An encounter with Nigerian poet, novelist and Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri is always invigorating. Hailed as one among the foremost African authors today, Okri has been likened to the late Colombian novelist, short-story writer and journalist Gabriel García Márquez and even to British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, with whom he maintains […]