Two recent books chronicle the rise and fall of an influential Dalit movement and a significant Dalit politician.
Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods captures gendered violence, and yet, celebrates the impossible beauty of the everyday.
A journalist’s immersive look at modern relationships in the metropolis throws light on dark corners.
As Islamophobia creeps deeper into India’s psyche, Nazia Erum’s book delves into how children are being bullied for their religious identity.
In Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, author Michael Wolff has questioned Trump’s mental fitness, portraying him as child-like with a short attention span.
The Altar of the Only World follows the journeys of three mythological characters through heartbreak, separation, and ultimately, a quest for the self.
Young people in the West are historically competitive, anxious and unhappy. Malcolm Harris’ Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials tries to find out why.
Mathangi Krishnamurthy’s research for 1-800 Worlds included working a job as a voice-trainer. The result is a scholarly book that is also empathetic and playful.
Gayathri Prabhu’s ‘If I Had to Tell it Again’ challenges our preconceptions both about writing and about depression.
Excerpts from Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’.
An excerpt from Ranbir Sidhu’s Hacking Trump which explores the forces and people that shaped the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency.
A number of good short story collections came out in 2017, announcing afresh the new sensibility of Hindi writing.
Pankaj Chandra’s new book provides a detailed analysis of everything that is faulty in higher education in India and how the corrosion can be stemmed.
Ruskin Bond’s Lone Fox Dancing gives an insight into the life of the Indian writer who defies the concept of being a ‘foreigner’.
We do not have time, these days, for stories. We are obsessed with politics, not the despair, hopes and dreams that may drive people into it.
Art or literature is a way of seeing, but a seeing that dismantles the essentialist tendencies of cultural knowledge.
In ‘The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die’, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay has created one character who far exceeds the book’s limitations.
In conversation with the acclaimed author about her book ‘Room’, the process of writing and more.
‘The ASEAN Miracle’: An Optimistic Assessment of ASEAN’s Contribution to Regional Peace and Prosperity
The success of ASEAN as the world’s most important regional organisation after the European Union is reiterated several times in the book.
The collection of seven stories is devoid of Austen’s comical satire, her admonishments, her exposure of the duplicity in the men and women who dwell in her novels.
Ray was a Renaissance Man, obsessed with every aspect of filmmaking.
The state government had banned ‘The Adivasi Will Not Dance’ in August alleging that it portrayed the Santhal community in a bad light.
An excerpt from Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy about Ambedkar’s analysis of the affinities of Buddhism with democracy that led to his conversion.
Eka Kurniawan’s ‘Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash’ qualifies for the cliché of being “unputdownable”.
In ‘The Economization of Life’, Michelle Murphy suggests that the entire edifice of modern economics was built to serve a conspiratorial purpose.
Naseer Dashti’s The Baloch Conlict with Iran and Pakistan: Aspects of a National Liberation Struggle offers a radically distinct outlook from an ethnic Baloch.
In its blend of the public and the personal, Persuasion explores both the torment of silence and the value of hope.
An excerpt from Krishna Jha and Dhirendra K. Jha’s Ayodhya – The Dark Night that uncovers the story of how the mosque had turned into a temple overnight.
Amardeep Singh’s The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage – The Sikh legacy in Pakistan is a vivid reminder for Sikh enthusiasts searching for their dying heritage in inaccessible lands.
Eco-literature needs to move beyond the sterile badgering of activism and delve deeper into human stories of subtlety.
Hernando Colón’s bibliomania took him back and forth across Europe for three decades.
The poems in Manohar Shetty’s ‘Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems’ demand many celebratory re-readings.
We need to remind ourselves of the continuing relevance of this master storyteller and humanist par excellence whose presence in our midst is perhaps more needed than ever before.
The ‘historical’ Padmini is no more than a symbolic manifestation of the fusion of bardic imagination and colonial ethnography.
In ‘Delhi’s Qutb Complex’, Catherine B. Asher goes beyond Mehrauli and Delhi to look at the afterlife of the iconic tower that is the Qutb Minar.
Gauri was everything that the Sangh loves to hate – a fearless and opinionated single woman, an extremely important voice against Hindutva and someone who wrote extensively against caste.
In conversation with Sujatha Gidla about her memoir Ants Among Elephants, which provides a sharp take on caste, gender and Left politics in India.
Naivo’s Beyond the Rice Fields, the first novel from Madagascar that has been translated into English, is set in the background of a creeping colonial influence that is more felt than seen.
Ghazala Jamil’s Accumulation by Segregation: Muslim Localities in Delhi looks at how urban governance works against working class Muslims.
In River of Life, River of Death, Victor Mallet largely interrogates the core question as to why devout Indians, who revere the Ganga, are so comfortable with the river’s terrible pollution.