The idea of individual liberty has barely had a look in among the various “solutions” we have been sold as freedom.
Pullman shows how science – like religion – can suffer from institutionalisation, and how a non-democratic approach can stifle the very principles on which science was founded.
Uttaran Das Gupta’s Visceral Metropolis is relentless in its pursuit to look at a city through nostalgia, love, revulsion, progress, climate change, and through everything, hope.
In ‘Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India’, Eiluned Edwards shares the voices of craftspeople while also analysing government and NGO programmes.
With the staggering rise of wealth inequality and the increasing concentration of ideas and access to an audience in the hands of a few, largely elite writers, it’s the voices on the margins that need to be heard.
In Legacy of Spies, the deeds of the past are weighed against the morality of the present
A Diplomatic Dispatch for an Ambitious India: How Shyam Saran Sees the World and India’s Place in It
‘How India Sees the World’ lays out the idea that diplomacy is not only an instrument of politics, but also shapes politics as we know it.
Qurratulain Hyder’s final novel revolves around how the coexistence of a temple and a mosque on the same piece of property has the potential to flare up into a full-scale conflagration.
Matsyagandha, published in 1987, is celebrated for Borgohain’s ability to depict untouchability and the vicious grip of kani or opium.
In most English literature courses of whatever period, the writers taught are white, largely English and largely male.
The Booker Prize jury has done us a favour by drawing attention to a book that tries to forge a unity among opposites in the most surprising ways.
Saunders’ experimental novel winning the prize opens up many new possibilities. Now, Indian Anglophone authors might finally think of adapting concepts from the vast philosophical traditions of the East.
‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is a fictional account of US President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.
It remains a mystery why Krishan Chander has not received the respect his writing clearly deserves.
Despite its flaws, Sidin Vadukut’s latest book is a fine medical thriller – a race against time as an epidemic spreads through Mumbai.
An excerpt from Upinder Singh’s Political Violence in Ancient India, looking at various theories of state violence in ancient texts.
Who gets to document African realities? Who are the gatekeepers of African publishing traditions?
Jairam Ramesh’s Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature should be read not just to understand history, but also because the battle to conserve the environment is harder than ever.
Beneath the ostensible simplicity in Kazuo Ishiguro’s words lies buried the contours of an emotional volcano waiting to burst open. But Ishiguro never makes that apparent.
In ‘The Lovers’, Amitava Kumar seeks to engage us in an intimate relationship with the narrator – but one that we end up questioning.
“Disagreement is a necessary condition of public life; individuals and groups have no right to take law into their own hands to intimidate and physically assault social thinkers and intellectuals like Illaiah.”
The Swedish Academy said that Ishiguro, “in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.
Rushdie offers no easy answers, but the spirit of questions The Golden House helps provoke, makes it a great book and a worthwhile investment.
“Civil society must stand up against this goondaism and demand for security for Prof Kancha Iliah as well as punishment to those issuing open threats, before we have another Gauri Lankesh.”
In Life After MH370: Journeying Through a Void, K.S. Narendran has decided to banish melodrama and focus on what happened, and what ought to be done next.
TDP MP T.G. Venkatesh addressed a press conference against the author and sought that he be “hanged publicly”.
Public-spiritedness does not always require self-sacrifice or deep ethical thinking, though ethics, of course, can help.
Diane Coffey and Dean Spears’ Where India Goes is a path breaking addition to the literature on child malnutrition and development policy in India.
The Karnataka government had banned her book in 1998, two years after its publication.
The bench was hearing an appeal against the ban on Kannada book Basava Vachana Deepthi by scholar, mystic and writer Mate Mahadevi.
Extracts from Is That Even a Country, Sir!
In All the worlds between, an enaction of a collaboration between sets of Indian and Irish poets results in an interplay of themes that we may have never considered we shared.
The Indian Air Force, then less than 10 years old, was in the process of helping the British Royal Air Force in suppressing the Pashtuns…
Karthik Shashidhar’s ‘Between the Buyer and the Seller’ lacks depth and force-fits simplistic versions of theories to complex real-life situations.
Where India Goes is essential reading not only for policy-makers and development professionals, but for anyone interested in the paradoxes of development in the early 21st century.
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s terming of upper-caste traders as ‘smugglers’ who do not have any empathy for the lower-caste poor has not gone down well with the Arya Vysyas of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The most striking aspect of Wilderness Tales from Similipal is a vivid picture of the forests that Satyesh Naik weaves through his words, so charming that you’re left wanting to visit a forest right away.
Without understanding the context of words such as Wahhabi, Salafi and Takfiri, reportage on Islamic militancy may obscure more than it reveals.
The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in London’s Guildhall.
An excerpt from Revolutionary Passions shows that Bhagat Singh – who the Hindu Right tends to project as an antidote to the Congress and Gandhi – not only had close relations with Congress leaders, but was also critical of Hinduism.