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Nina Martyris

Freelance Journalist

Nina Martyris

Books. History. Food. Tea. Etc.

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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
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A Feminist Subjugated Through Food

Julia Ward Howe's husband sought to control even what she ate.
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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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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, 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 Scrivener — 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 worked at The Times of India in Mumbai for 15 years before moving to the US, where I am now based. I am a freelance journalist. I review books for NPR and write for several publications including the New Yorker.com, Paris Review Daily, Harper's.com, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Economist.com, and The Guardian.

I guest lecture at the University of Tennessee's Journalism School and occasionally address various groups on the social and cultural history of tea, a subject I write about frequently for NPR.

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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Email: contactnm@zoho.com