“I will write in the same way in which I lived through all of this: carrying myself with enormous, infinite grace.”
The HRD ministry’s new rules for giving ISBNs to publishers are inexplicable – why should the applicant get clearance from NITI Aayog?
In ‘Confessions of a Book Lover’, Ruskin Bond takes us on a journey of his bookshelf through the years.
Antara Ganguli’s Tanya Tania takes us back to Mumbai and Karachi of the 1990s, weaving a tale of a friendship fraught with complex realities.
The many who condemn Aurangzeb cannot be swayed because they base their ideas on an ideology of India as a Hindu nation, in which Muslim rulers are inherently illegitimate, rather than on documented historical facts.
Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s 1984, Madhav Mathur’s satirical novel ‘Dvarca’ sets characters from Hindu epics in a dystopian world, where a totalitarian government controls every move.
Filled with wit and self-deprecating humour, Karan Johar’s autobiography is about coming-of-age and ‘coming out’.
The Sahitya Akademi Award winner’s latest murder mystery thrills while engaging with perceptions of queer sexuality in India, questions of class and caste, and the lives of sex workers in Mumbai.
Despite some issues, Chauhan’s characteristic use of Indian English, her fantastic sense of comedy and the research involved in the book makes it worth a read.
An extract from Vivek Kaul’s ‘India’s Big Government: The Intrusive State and How It’s Hurting Us’.
With patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, a new memoir invites us to pause and think.
Although it is not history’s job to dabble in ‘what-ifs’, could an alliance between the Gorkhas, the Sikhs and the Marathas have succeeded in ending the East India Company’s machinations in the subcontinent?
In conversation with philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo on his new book, the process of ‘decivilisation’ and where we go from here.
Sunetra Choudhury’s ‘Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous’ highlights how different jail experiences can be depending on who you are and what you can pay.
In Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India, Arun Kumar takes us on a journey from the origins of the black economy in India to what should come after demonetisation.
The ‘shadow armies’ of Hindutva profiled in Dhirendra K. Jha’s book seek to propagate a problematic definition of nationhood using historical falsehoods, hate speech and hooliganism.
In the foreword to The Decline of Civilization, Romila Thapar argues that the current concept of civilisation is a partial understanding of a segment of the societies and cultures of the past, and thus a limited concept.
‘The Undoing Project’ extends the academic thread of Michael Lewis’s earlier book, while bringing to life the riveting story of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman.
Prayaag Akbar’s Leila is the story of what happens when the relationship between a mother and a daughter is not allowed to exist.
S. Theodore Baskaran’s The Book of Indian Dogs unfortunately mistakes breeding enthusiasts for dog lovers, and doesn’t look upon stray dogs kindly.
In this extract from The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities, Namit Arora talks about parsing through the fiction that he is the sole author of his success and about the wilful blindness among Indians about their inherited privileges.
A statement from his publisher said that Pirsig’s wife Wendy had confirmed his death at his home in Maine “after a period of failing health.”
The power of Ajith Pillai’s Junkland Journeys lies in the deeply observed life, illuminating an unexceptional man going through amusing times.
In conversation with Anirudh Krishna, whose research has focused on poor communities and individuals in developing countries.
Ranendra’s ‘Lords of the Global Village’ tries to account for the Asur tribes and their culture, which has been subsumed under the apathy of a “self-proclaimed and tolerant Indian culture”.
Martha Nussbaum’s Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice is an invitation to explore alternatives to the darker, retributive emotions that guide many of our responses to wrongdoing.
Basharat Peer’s A Question of Order: India, Turkey and the Return of Strongmen shows how the air of contemporary politics across the world, is filled with xenophobia and a fear of the democratically-elected autocrats.
The 2017 edition of Ayesha Siddiqa’s ‘Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy’ discusses how military capital being used for personal benefits is now a permanent feature in Pakistan.
The collected writings of archivist P.K. Nair reveal his passion for cinematic history.
Mahabaleshwar Sail’s ‘Age of Frenzy’ reminds us that it will never be easy to speak of past violence and it does not help that there was much violence by all parties.
Medical technologies don’t evolve in a vacuum. They are driven not only by trends in scientific research but also by business interests and the regulatory environment.
Hirsh Sawhney, the author of ‘South Haven’ on the relationship between literary fiction and politics and the connection between trauma and ideology.
Today, it is hard to see India standing up for any values at all. The reasons, as Menon wrote so perceptively in his essay on Sri Lanka, have to do with “internal politics”.
Prakash Kashwan’s Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico shows, choosing between land rights of the peasants and forest dwellers and environmental sustainability is a false choice.
In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight, it goes with him…. Not people die but worlds die in them. ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko, ‘People’ In A Precocious Autobiography, the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who passed away on April 1, recounted […]
In ‘When Crime Pays’, Milan Vaishnav explores the factors that influence voter demand for candidates with criminal reputations, showing that voters prefer them not despite their dubious record but because of it.
Poetry that listens to history can contribute to the recovery of the past, of the many pasts that make up the fragmented memory of this nation.
If religious belief is not malleable to reason, then there can be no rational discussion between, or about, religious stories, because you cannot communicate unless you become the other.
Hugo Gorringe’s extensive fieldwork is the backbone of this well researched book, which is deeply empathetic and yet astutely observed.
Vappala Balachandran speaks to The Wire about his book ‘A Life in Shadow: The Secret Story of ACN Nambiar’.