Akshita Nanda

Recent and archived articles by Akshita Nanda

25 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

How much for the festive spirit?

’TIS the season to be judged on your giving. Colour has drained from my wallet and brain in yet another annual round of Secret Santa parties and gift exchanges with loved ones.

Meaningful exchange: The perfect gift makes both giver and recipient feel happy that the other truly knows and values his real, true self. —
7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM

British author John le Carre’s granddaughter debuts as a novelist

Jessica Cornwell’s first book – 'The Serpent Papers – is a thriller ... just like granddad’s.

Independent: Cornwell didn’t want to trade on her connection with the famous ‘Le Carre’ name and sent out her manuscript like any other first-time author. Photo:
27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 AM

Zubin Mehta to lead concert in Singapore

He's one of the most highly regarded conductors in the world. Catch him in Singapore.

12 Jan 2014 | 7:00 AM

A Vietnamese view

A Singaporean writer is inspired by her Vietnamese husband’s family to pen a story on war wounds and survival.

Audrey Chin, a Singaporean writer, was struck by the silence surrounding the Vietnam War amongst her relatives by marriage.
11 Jan 2014 | 7:00 AM

Goodbye, greeting cards

The zeal in sending greeting cards may have diminished, but there’s still joy in receiving them.

22 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM

No more soul baring for Elizabeth Gilbert

The author of the strikingly honest memoir Eat, Pray, Love turns to fiction after finding domestic bliss.

Writing for women: ‘I honestly would rather be dismissed as chick-lit and write books that uplift women’s lives,’ says Elizabeth Gilbert.
15 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM

A clever move

Some say Canadian author Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize for Literature is a win for female writers and the short story form. I say the true winner this year is the Swedish Academy.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany last week, the German publisher of Alice Munro’s books, Fischer Publishing, was inundated by the press when Munro’s Nobel Prize win was announced. — EPA
22 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM

Living the dream

She’s barely over 20 and already has millions in book and movie deals! Meet Samantha Shannon, overachieving author.

The next Rowling: Young writer of young adult fiction Samantha Shannon’s six-figure book deal has a certain name cropping up in comparison in all her interviews. – MARK PRINGLE/ Bloomsbury
3 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM

Inspired by real life death

Award-winning writer Claire Tham releases a new book after 10-year gap.

Murder, she wrote: After a decade away from publishing, award-winning Singaporen author Claire Tham was inspired by a real-life murder to pen a new book. — The Straits Times, Singapore
1 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM

Queen of Instagram

What every girl wants: ‘You want to be loved by your loved ones, you want to have nice things.’ And become famous on social media.

Sharing herself: Jamie Chua posing for Instagram pictures taken by one of her two maids at her opulent home in Singapore. She shares her fashionista lifestyle on Instagram with 89,000 followers. – Photos from The Straits Times