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Nina Martyris

Freelance Journalist

Nina Martyris

Books. History. Food, Tea. Etc.

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Alt-Right Austen?

Even if Austen is an icon of white supremacists, their admiration is not new. Kipling got there first.
The American Conservative Link to Story
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Good Atticus, Bad Atticus

When America confronted the two faces of its most ambiguous fictional hero: Atticus Finch
The Paris Review Link to Story
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When Rudyard Kipling’s Son Went Missing

John Kipling was likely the most widely searched-for soldier of WWI.
New Yorker.com Link to Story
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Two great little men

One week after Waterloo, Napoleon turned into Mr. Pickwick
The Economist.com (Prospero) Link to Story
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Death By Coconut

A German vegetarian nudist who ate nothing but coconuts for 16 years.
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The Most Punctual Man in India

Gandhi believed we were trustees of time. To waste it was criminal.
Lapham's Quarterly Link to Story
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Auden's 1939 elegy for Yeats set off something beautiful

It linked Yeats, Auden, Eliot, Brodsky, Walcott, Seamus Heaney — and Kafka.
Los Angeles Review of Books Link to Story
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A House Divided Against Itself

Dilip Hiro's book The Long August examines the rivalry between India and Pakistan
Wall Street Journal Link to Story
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Britain's Dalits: the stigma persists

Understanding race in the US through the prism of India's caste system
The Guardian Link to Story
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A Patron Saint for Occupy Wall Street

The first man to occupy Wall Street was Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivner -- in 1853
The New Republic Link to Story
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Operation Margarine

George Orwell's strongest memory of WWI? Not the slaughter. But the taste of margarine.
Harpers.com Link to Story
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García Márquez's cool India Connection

It can be boiled down to three people: A Gandhi, a gypsy, and a Rushdie.
Forbes Life India Link to Story

About

Nina Martyris

I began my career as a feature writer at The Times of India in Mumbai. Over a decade, I rose to be Books Editor and a Senior Editor in charge of the Feature section.

In 2009 I moved to the US.

I now freelance on literature, history and food for several publications including the New Yorker.com, Paris Review Daily, Harper's.com, Los Angeles Review of Books, NPR, Forbes Life India, The Economist.com, and The Guardian.

I review books for NPR.

I guest lecture at the University of Tennessee's Journalism School.

I am also invited by various groups to present TEA TALKS, since I contribute regularly to NPR's TEA TUESDAY column.

In 2013, I was selected as a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Fellow and spent two marvelous weeks in Colombia retracing the footsteps of my literary hero.

LinkedIn Profile:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nina-martyris-a92a7494

Email: contactnm@zoho.com