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.
Prayaag Akbar’s Leila is the story of what happens when the relationship between a mother and a daughter is not allowed to exist.
S. Theodore Baskaran’s The Book of Indian Dogs unfortunately mistakes breeding enthusiasts for dog lovers, and doesn’t look upon stray dogs kindly.
In this extract from The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities, Namit Arora talks about parsing through the fiction that he is the sole author of his success and about the wilful blindness among Indians about their inherited privileges.
A statement from his publisher said that Pirsig’s wife Wendy had confirmed his death at his home in Maine “after a period of failing health.”
The power of Ajith Pillai’s Junkland Journeys lies in the deeply observed life, illuminating an unexceptional man going through amusing times.
In conversation with Anirudh Krishna, whose research has focused on poor communities and individuals in developing countries.
Ranendra’s ‘Lords of the Global Village’ tries to account for the Asur tribes and their culture, which has been subsumed under the apathy of a “self-proclaimed and tolerant Indian culture”.