N. Ram’s new book sees mounting graft as an outgrowth of economic liberalisation. But the fact that controlled economies produced some of the most corrupt societies the world has known should give us pause to think.
India-China relations require a fundamental reset and a new scholarly book provides a useful, if indirect, contribution to how we think about the relationship.
The Raghubir Library and Research Institute is a must consult archive for historians of Malwa and Central India, for the Mughal-Maratha-Rajput interface of the 18th century and the British expansion thereafter.
Freny Manecksha’s Behold, I Shine: Narratives of Kashmir’s Women and Children brings women and their challenges to the front and centre, bringing the reader into the very home of Kashmiris.
“Gay men don’t only live in an urban setting. Thousands are growing up in villages and towns, with no way to access information on sexuality, most of which is available only in English.”
In India’s Big Government: The Intrusive State and How It’s Hurting Us, Vivek Kaul paints a grim picture of the economy and focuses on areas from banks to education in which the government plays a decisive, and all too often negative, role.
In Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change, Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle caution us about the risks of fear-inducing climate change discourses.
R. Kannan’s biography of MGR offers an objective insightful portrait of a matinee-idol turned politician who had monopolised the story of Tamil Nadu.
The story and the character, however, have not been free of criticism and controversy.
The usage of mangoes as a literary device is as varied as the variety of fruit available in the local markets.
Usually, books about decision-making tend to centre around foreign policy, economics and realpolitik. The Vanishing marks a fresh addition to the genre in the wildlife and environmental space.
In this essay, Ismat Chughtai recounts being brought before a judge on charges of obscenity for Lihaaf along with Saadat Hasan Manto, who was being tried for the same charge for his story Bu.
As India’s economy continues to grow without the adequate number of jobs in the formal sector, the state of exclusion that the vast majority of the country lives in is unlikely to ease.
Witty and fast-paced, Khushnuma Daruwala’s 50 Cups of Coffee is a practical book that takes love out of the equation to great results.
Unable to answer questions about why children knew the names of lord Ram’s brothers and Jesus’s mother but not the Prophet’s mother, Anita Nair decided to try and learn – and tell – such tales in her new book Muezza and Baby Jaan.
How does someone’s narrow pursuit become a sacred national issue? Noted Hindi satirist Harishankar Parsai tells us in this biting piece that is as relevant today as it was when written in the 1960s.
In conversation with Kallol Bhattacherjee on what distinguishes present-day Afghanistan from the 1980s, how India compares to China on engagement with the US on Afghanistan-Pakistan and more.
Prashant Bhushan talks about his book which documents the Supreme Court proceedings in the landmark Indira Gandhi vs Raj Narain case that shaped India’s political history.
In ‘The Case That Shook India’, Prashant Bhushan describes the debate that followed the EC granting the cow symbol to the Indira Gandhi-led Congress.
Extracts from Kallol Bhattacherjee’s ‘The Great Game in Afghanistan: Rajiv Gandhi, General Zia and the Unending War’, documenting the untold tale of US-India relations under Rajiv Gandhi.
After independence, English alone was seen as the language of knowledge; and easier prospects of employment drove the entire primary school education system inexorably to the learning of English.
In times of fear and insecurity, much of it manufactured, it is only a politics of morality, like that of Gandhi, that can come up with an appropriate response.
The criticism Kosambi faced over his papers on the Riemann hypothesis could have coloured his view of science’s practice and his impression of how much class politics might have been to blame.
Anees Salim’s The Small-Town Sea is about a childhood interrupted by untimely death, departures and bereavement.
Meena Menon’s Reporting Pakistan is a fascinating narrative filled with sharp and witty observations.
An excerpt from Jairam Ramesh’s Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature, which explores Indira Gandhi’s deep love for nature and her commitment to environmental causes.
Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel prize for Literature but only delivered his Nobel lecture on June 5, 2017.
Timothy Nunan’s Humanitarian Invasion: Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan is an insightful and lucid account of contemporary Afghanistan.
Santiago Gamboa’s novel, ‘Volver al oscuro valle’, takes you on a journey with cosmopolitan Colombians who are still haunted by war.
Anjali Nerlekar’s ‘Bombay Modern: Arun Kolatkar and Bilingual Literary Culture’ is rich with depictions of the Bombay literary scene of the post-1960s period.
Kanwal Sibal’s ‘Snowflakes of Time’, a collection of poems written during different periods of the diplomat’s career, is a gripping read.
The fact that you don’t require a certificate to call yourself a writer gives the average non-writer the impression that this isn’t a profession to be taken seriously. But writing, in fact, requires hard work – and rework.
In ‘When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife,’ Meena Kandasamy offers something for everyone – from poets who aspire to write, to men who hit their wives.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is not a picaresque tale of sorrowers but a saga of small-time renegades of fate who emerge as portraits each of a singular fortitude through the darkest hour.
In ‘Rupture, Loss and Living: Minority Women Speak about Post-Conflict Life’, K. Lalitha and Deepa Dhanraj bring out the voices of Muslim women targeted during riots.
The personal essay – the kind that scrapes away the clean neutrality of verifiable fact in favour of the wringing, dirty cesspool of emotion that is the effect of these facts – is a way of reacquainting you with yourself, and also with the world.
“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.