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.
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.