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.
In her historical fiction, Nena-Sahib, ou l’Insurrection des Indes, Antoinette Henriette Clémence Robert demonstrates that in far away, imagined India, women were freer, fiercer and at the centre of all great affairs.
“Shouldn’t we protect the famished people first? Tell me, what is the point of saving barren cows which only gobble up the feed?”
A. Mangai’s book, Acting Up, throws light on the subversive moments in the history of women doing theatre and also brings together Mangai’s many sides – the individual, the scholar and the artist.
Excerpts from a compilation of Rabindranath Tagore’s previously unpublished short verses, Knockings At My Heart.
In The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money, Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier tell the story of the Mossack Fonseca revelation. But what was the outcome?
The biggest black money case that has come up so far is that of the Adani group, promoted by Gautam Adani, one of Modi’s closest associates, writes Josy Joseph in his book A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India. Here’s an excerpt.
Nguyen understands that the sheer magnitude of the destruction from the war cannot be effectively captured through bleak realism, but rather, through a style that disavows its own seriousness, that often pushes us to laughter, before making us remember the darkness that lies underneath.
Shrabani Basu’s For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front is an engaging chronicle of the lives of Indian soldiers sent by the British Empire to fight in the first world war.
In The Truth About Trump, Michael D’Antonio presents Donald Trump as a creation of a society that rewards boasting, self-publicity, self-confidence and celebrity.
Despite her popularity and her solidarity with the oppressed, the Left and the avant garde writers of West Bengal never really liked the celebrated author.
Beauty Is a Wound serves as a crash course in contemporary Indonesian history since most of us who know little about the country beyond Bali.
In conversation with Gautam Bhan on his new book, In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi.
This is one obituary I wish I did not have to write. The writer Mahasweta Devi breathed her last in Kolkata on July 28 but the activist in her wanted to live ‘for ever’. On many occasions we got talking about death; and invariably, in every such conversation she stated […]
A fierce controversy is raging in the Hindi literary world at the moment because the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is celebrating his 89th birthday today by launching a series of programmes in his honour.
In a remarkable coincidence, irrefutable evidence of ‘the RSS connection’ with Gandhi’s assassination surfaced in recent years – just as it was about to claim the Gandhian heritage.
An excerpt from Hashimpura 22 May: The Forgotten Story of India’s Biggest Custodial Killing, pointing out the role of the army in the 1987 massacre.
‘When you actually have a different genre for climate change fiction, it becomes something separate that is not connected with the seriousness of everyday life. But it is absolutely integrated into our everyday life.’
A conversation with Kate Brittlebank, whose Tiger: The Life of Tipu Sultan looks at the life and times of the dynamic, near-mythical historical character
An excerpt from Maya Mirchandani’s chapter in More News Is Good News: Untold Stories From 25 Years of Television Journalism.
While short-and-to-the-point may be a good fit for digital consumption, it’s not the sort of reading likely to nurture the critical thinking we still talk about as a hallmark of university education.
In India’s Long Road, Vijay Joshi takes his reader on an insightful journey through seven decades of economic history, pointing out what went wrong and how it could be made right.
The framing of A Long Watch, the memoir of the LTTE’s highest-ranking prisoner, Commodore Ajith Boyagoda, as told to Sunila Galappatti.
In a slim volume, the celebrated author asks fundamental questions about the role of literature in confronting the greatest challenge of our times: climate change.
The relative marginalisation of Pansare’s work is likely a consequence of the larger unquestioned practices that have become normal fare in communist parties today.
With a much-anticipated critical edition of Hitler’s hateful screed in the pipeline, it’s worth revisiting how the French translation endured decades of dubious sales, editing and censorship.
The Madras high court reminds the state that it is charged with the obligation to resist the illegal demands of censorious mobs, not to appease them.
The dance is one among a few cultural objects today – like Ganesh Utsav, the thickening sindoor that women display, freshly minted greetings like ‘Jai Shri Krishna’, bhajan sandhyas – being deployed.
Adichie recreates the very narrative she has famously warned against.