Nina Martyris

Freelance Journalist

Nina Martyris

Books. History. Food, Tea. Etc.



The Strange Pathos of the Turkey in Madame Bovary

Why does a 19th-century French tragedy about adultery and debt have to do with Thanksgiving?
The Atlantic 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, 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 Scrivener — 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 started out as a feature writer at The Sunday Times of India in Mumbai and, a decade or so later, ended up as Books Editor and a Senior Editor in charge of the Feature section. I subsequently moved to the US, where I now review books for NPR and freelance for several publications including the New, Paris Review Daily, Harper', Los Angeles Review of Books, The, and The Guardian.

I've been invited to guest lecture at the University of Tennessee's Journalism School and talk to various groups on the historical aspects of tea, since I contribute regularly to NPR's Tea Tuesday column.

A few years ago I was selected for a Gabriel Garcia Márquez Cultural Fellowship and spent two marvelous weeks in Colombia retracing the footsteps of one of my literary heroes.

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