Nina Martyris

Freelance Journalist

Nina Martyris

Books. History. Food, Tea. Etc.



Dickens would approve of Illinois' juvenile solitary ban

Oliver Twist contains a searing indictment of solitary confinement.
The Chicago Tribune Link to Story

A Feminist Subjugated Through Food

Julia Ward Howe's husband sought to control even what she ate.

Good Atticus, Bad Atticus

When America confronted the two faces of its most ambiguous fictional hero: Atticus Finch
The Paris Review Link to Story

When Rudyard Kipling’s Son Went Missing

John Kipling was likely the most widely searched-for soldier of WWI.
New Link to Story

Two great little men

One week after Waterloo, Napoleon turned into Mr. Pickwick
The (Prospero) Link to Story

The Most Punctual Man in India

Gandhi believed we were trustees of time. To waste it was criminal.
Lapham's Quarterly Link to Story

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

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

Britain's Dalits: the stigma persists

Understanding race in the US through the prism of India's caste system
The Guardian Link to Story

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

Operation Margarine

George Orwell's strongest memory of WWI? Not the slaughter. But the taste of margarine. Link to Story

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


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, Paris Review Daily, Harper', Los Angeles Review of Books, NPR, Forbes Life India, The, 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.

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