In these intolerant times, we should take a leaf from the patron saint of banned books, D.H. Lawrence, and discuss, dissuade and dissent.
In his new book, Sanjaya Baru makes the convincing argument that Narasimha Rao’s reforms made 1991 as momentous a year as 1947 for India’s political history.
Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut book is a rite-of-passage tale of a Sikh migrant who defies all labels of religion, cultural and identity.
Grassroots Innovation – Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds is a compendium of rural innovations encountered by Anil Gupta during his travels over the last couple of decades.
Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s best-known novelists and author of the short story Whale Rider, which has been adapted into an award-winning film. Ihimaera is also believed to be the first member of the Maori community to have published a novel.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
Prerna Singh’s book, ‘How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India’, establishes a connection between subnationalism and social indices.
Between Memory and Museum questions our perceptions of diverse cultures and the roles of capital and markets in the world of art.
The e-book has made continued inroads into the publishing world but the printed book has defied predictions of its death.
For Mahajan, appropriating the experiences of minorities is not a question of power that needs sensitive negotiation, but something that privilege has given him a season’s pass to.
A new book edited by Ravinder Kaur examines the consequences of gender imbalance in India and China.
Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, lays bare the trapdoors of the American Dream after the 2008 financial crisis.
Chetan Bhagat discusses his new book “One Indian Girl” and answer questions on themes such as sexism at the workplace, female friendships, romantic relationships and his idea of feminism.
This excerpt from Aashish Contractor’s book shows that heart disease and diarrhoea are among the leading causes of death among women in India.
This week’s column deals with our relationships with stories. What do we expect from the fiction we read and who owns a story, the writer or the reader?
The urban ecologist Harini Nagendra in her book Nature in the City explores the past, present and future of nature in one of India’s largest and fastest growing cities.
Vijay Prashad’s The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution provides a helpful interpretation of the processes that have led to the current state of the Arab world, but hazards little about the future prospects for the region.
An excerpt from Arshia Sattar’s Ramayana for Children.
Nandini Sundar’s meticulously researched The Burning Forest is a searing indictment of how the government and the Maoists fail to deliver constitutional rights.
The #bookstagram hashtag on Instagram is changing the way the world looks at reading.
The unmasking of the real author of the Neapolitan series was an act of vandalism.
The announcement marks 19 years since Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, took the literary world by storm and won her the Man Booker Prize.
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Aravind Adiga’s new novel Selection Day takes a cynical view of Mumbai cricket, and is centred around the high aspirations of its protagonists and their ultimate failures.
Many of H.G. Wells’s futuristic prophecies have come true, but the one on which his heart was most set – the establishment of a world state – remains unfulfilled.
The curious place of Arundhati Roy’s non-fiction in the canon and the persistent mischaracterisation of her work.
Volga’s The Liberation of Sita is not a Ramayana of war and rivalry, but a re-envisioning of the epic through Sita’s eyes.
In Perilous Interventions, Hardeep Singh Puri, an astute observer of the limits of the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, explores the failure of the UNSC on several accounts, especially in Libya.
This year’s competition includes a more eclectic range of writers than we’ve become used to.
Anuk Arudpragasam’s book asks if life is worth the misery of living.
Whatever the official state of the language, recent events at two literary institutions do not augur well for the future of writers.
Hisham Matar’s The Return is a powerful memoir of exile, loss and hope in a fractured world.
Robert Lacey’s Inside the Kingdom chronicles the destruction brought upon a society where education and justice are surrendered to clerics without knowledge of the wider world.
The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own.
Mehta’s What is Remembered is riddled with the classism, casteism and Orientalist cliches that plague the genre – its sole saving grace is its brevity.
In his book, The Ethical Doctor, Kamal Mahawar writes that society, politicians and bureaucrats significantly contribute to medical corruption.
Ex-IPS officer Vibhuti Narain Rai recounts the massacre in his book Hashimpur 22 May, weaving a narrative with survivors’ stories, court documents and his own memories.
In An Atlas of Rural Health, the Jan Swastha Sahyog has used personal experiences and case studies to explain why disease in rural Chhattisgarh only embodies conditions of deprivation and inequality.
Barnes manages to take the literary art form to its farthest, exploring the human condition. In The Noise of Time, it is the condition of being a non-hero.
Indian Cultural Forum speaks to Rahman Abbas, whose Urdu novel was cleared of obscenity charges after a decade, about the freedom of expression in the country and more.