In ‘The Vanishing Stepwells of India’, Victoria Lautman articulates how a traditional water conservation system was foolishly destroyed when the British took the reins.
Salman Rashid in his slim memoir about a visit to his ancestral house, has also written about many more among the two million displaced by the Partition of 1947.
The US president could surely use a primer on the gathering to prepare him for the clashes sure to come.
Since we are witnessing the renewal of what can be termed the battle of identities, Walcott’s work may help us to not repeat ourselves, and thereby, repeat history.
Published five decades ago, Shrilal Shukla’s satirical novel captures the culture of politics that has persisted in the country.
Amos Tutuola was dismissed by his critics as a relic of a dying and forgotten past of a dark continent that was awakening and harkening to the call of Europe’s colonising civilisation.
Premchand’s nationalism often looked inward, at Indians, the decay of their culture, the condition of women and poor, the caste system or communalism.
Jonathan Silvertown has presented between the covers of his book a wonderful suggestion: that there is in fact a lot more on our dining tables than a satisfying meal for the stomach.
Nabina Das’s third poetry collection, ‘Sanskarnama’, is a searing commentary of our times.
In ‘New Wealth of Nations’, Surjit Bhalla offers compelling support for education as the foundation of individual, national and global advance. But is this the only way to reduce inequality?
Winners this year also include journalist Shantanu Guha Ray, film director Karan Johar and yoga guru Vasudev.
Isabel Allende’s ‘In the Midst of Winter’ weaves violence, dictatorship, struggles and migration with the fascinating spirit and colours of the Latin American region.
Sunil Sharma’s Mughal Arcadia: Persian Literature in an Indian Court has implications for how we understand Mughal culture as “Indian”.
In his book, ‘Islam is Good, Muslims Should Follow It’, Sanjiv Bhatla invokes the link between the present realities of Muslims and milestones in Islamic history.
Set up in 1994, Shah Waliullah library in Old Delhi provides free education to those in need. The Wire speaks with two students who are grateful for the library’s support.
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.