From Bihar to Tihar and Caste is Not a Rumour both demonstrate the privileges and pitfalls of belonging to certain castes, classes, institutions, locations and politics.
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya’s Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji is a detailed description of a movement and a leader that have much to teach us, despite their faults.
‘Swing Time’ like its predecessors is intensely curious about race, but it is also curious about so much more than race, such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, ‘Ali Baba Goes to Town’ and Michael Jackson.
In Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, James T. Hamilton gives a bird’s eye view of the ecosystem of investigative reporting and addresses its costs, benefits and impact.
Burhan Sonmez’s Istanbul Istanbul is filled with stories of imagination and hope that help the four protagonists survive torture in an underground prison in the Turkish capital.
Hardeep Singh Puri’s book highlights the interconnected world where mistrust, violence and injustice are increasing while international covenants fray, and stresses the need for a collective legal framework to deal with them.
This excerpt from ‘Amul’s India 3.0’ describes the Amul ad’s ability to answer, ‘What is the funniest way to tell that real story so it is truer than just the truth?’
In Night Prayers, Santiago Gamboa charts the lives of three Colombian characters as they navigate life in four different Asian countries.
Hindi literature has been a reflection of the times in the last year, not simply walking the path of power and market forces.
As 2016 draws to an end, we do not truly understand why people believe what it is that they believe, but the stories that they tell themselves give meaning to their lives, and they will not let them go lightly.
Nikesh Shukla has picked many ‘loud people who tell uncomfortable truths about privilege’ for a collection of essays titled The Good Immigrant.
In A Book of Conquest, Manan Ahmed Asif examines the Chachnama and explains why the narrative of Islam in South Asia have been historically misunderstood.
In this episode of The Intersection, we learn about the crusaders who preserve and restore old books so we don’t lose the invaluable gift of knowledge.
In Religion, Caste and Nation in South India, V. Ravi Vaithees focuses on the works of the Tamil Saivite saint Maraimalai Adigal and explores the religious roots of the Dravidian movement and its impact on the political discourse.
An excerpt from the environmentalist’s Radiant Raindrops of Rajasthan.
Adity Kay tells a fictional but believable story of the legendary Chandragupta Maurya, who rose from obscurity to reign over an empire.
It is the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ of Murugan’s literary career that really offers rich and useful insights into his work, more than the period of his literary exile.
In Being the ‘Other’: The Muslim in India, Saeed Naqvi chronicles the events that have led to Muslims being identified as the ‘other’ in the country.
The famous story of a group of schoolboys trapped on an island is more than a little reminiscent of the real world right now.
Arjun Raj Gaind has skilfully combined historical and detective fiction in his A Very Pukka Murder.
An extract from Anuj Bhuwania’s book, Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, which examines how the PIL has become an instrument for the judiciary to micromanage governance.
Kendzior’s collected essays, ‘The View From Flyover Country’, condemns a system so blind to its own faults that it punishes people as “failures” for playing in a game that is rigged against them.
In The Curse of Cash, Kenneth Rogoff argues that advanced economies should slowly phase out most paper currency, but stresses that the move is not intended for developing countries like India.
Sophie Hannah’s resurrection of Hercule Poirot might have been the last nail in the franchise’s coffin, but it has prised it wide open instead.
The emotional observations and personal musings brought on by Buscher’s travels are what set apart ‘Asian Absences’ from other travelogues.
An excerpt from With Great Truth and Regards, a forthcoming book on the social history of the typewriter.
Gleick’s book’s charm lies in his stitching together the ideas of writers, philosophers and scientists as far apart in history as Lamb and Oates, Aristotle and Hume, Galileo and Bohr
A book on Israel’s success in water management deliberately ignores the brutal military reality of water conquest, while another by a Palestinian journalist during the Israeli Operation Protective Edge in 2014, can only see the harm
The judges chose this book for its “eye-opening and captivating exploration into a parallel literary culture that can often feel at a great remove from English-speaking metropolitan India”.
Arthur Swinson’s Kohima: The Story of the Greatest Battle Ever Fought is a soldier’s personalised account of an excruciating and merciless battle.
Using anecdotal evidence in Faith, Unity, Discipline: The Inter-Service-Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, Hein G. Kiessling proves that the Pakistani military’s abiding aim is to ensure it has permanent veto power over the country’s civilian leaders.
Rajeev Kinra’s Writing Self, Writing Empire is a window into the life and writings of Chandar Bhan Brahman, a skilled Farsi poet and a munshi who served in the Mughal court under emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb.
The End of History and The Clash of Civilizations were maps, meant to explain the world. They emphasised the inevitable progress of liberal democracy and the irreducible nature of hostilities based on “civilisations”, aspects that events have shown are less important than political movements, nation-building projects and institutional alliances.
An extract from Kate Brittlebank’s Tiger: The Life of Tipu Sultan.
In an interview, Jerry Pinto talks about putting together a new collection of essays on mental health, the limitations of art, what it means to survive and why you must beware if you have a writer in the family.
M. Hashim Kidwai’s memoir recollects the student movements at Lucknow University, the role of Muslims in resisting Partition, and their participation in politics and academics after Independence.
The literature festival in Mumbai is geared towards recognising and promoting literary talent across different genres of literature among emerging as well as distinguised writers.
In Kossi Efoui’s The Shadow of Things to Come the work of forgetting has to be completed.
In these intolerant times, we should take a leaf from the patron saint of banned books, D.H. Lawrence, and discuss, dissuade and dissent.
In his new book, Sanjaya Baru makes the convincing argument that Narasimha Rao’s reforms made 1991 as momentous a year as 1947 for India’s political history.