In Kingfizzer: The Rise and Fall of Vijay Mallya, Kingshuk Nag tries to shed light on Mallya’s personality and the role it played in his decline.
Through Swarga, Ambikasutan Mangad sheds light on human suffering, compassion, entrenched politics and structural power that environmental movements and activists fight against.
Vineet Bajpai’s Harappa: Curse of the Blood River is a well-paced book with parts that point towards a potential Bollywood masala movie.
Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is welcome at a time when words such as ‘secularism’ and ‘reservation’ are becoming unwelcome, but the astute storytelling you’d expect is sadly missing.
In ‘Why Gandhi Still Matters’, Rajmohan Gandhi helps us understand the Mahatma’s legacy and analyses his ideas of ahimsa, Hindu-Muslim unity as well as his changing stand on the issue of caste.
“The ban on The Adivasi Will Not Dance is not only deplorable in itself but also adds to a series of dangerous precedents of books being banned on flimsy grounds in India.”
Create, Copy, Disrupt: India’s Intellectual Property Dilemmas is well-researched and easy to read, especially for a non-legal audience.
‘Hum Vehshi Hain’ is a humanist response to the trauma and tragedy of 1947, and presents points of view of various characters across class, gender and ideology in colonial India.
Historian Arjun Dev, editor of the manuscript, has said the government institution is unhappy that the book details the counter-productive role Hindutva groups played in the freedom struggle.
An extract from Paulo Lemos Horta’s ‘Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights’, documenting how the ‘Thousand and One Nights’ came to be.
Sugata Bose, professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University, author and TMC MP discusses with The Wire his latest book The Nation as Mother and Other Visions of Nationhood.
If the people or government of Jharkhand disagree with Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s book, they should fight it with their own books and ideas, not with bans and burnings.
In conversation with Priyanka Pathak-Narain, the author of ‘Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev’, about Ramdev’s rags-to-riches story, the recent injunction on her book and more.
Yashpal’s two-volume Jhutha Sach, which revolves around two key moments that directly shape Partition, closely connects history and fictional narrative.
Essays on how Chughtai was perceived show how impossible it was to ignore her, and how her work had the power to capture the reality she witnessed.
Labelled as “the legendary dictionary of British India,” Hobson-Jobson reflects the idiosyncrasies of both the coloniser and the colonised, and the growing unrest among an educated and outspoken native Indian middle-class, particularly in the 1870s.
An excerpt from Somendranath Bandyopadhyay’s My Days with Ramkinkar Baij where the sculptor and painter shares with the author his experience of sculpting the Yaksha-Yakshi statues that stand outside the central bank in New Delhi.
Diksha Basu, the author of The Windfall, talks about her acting career, her time in Columbia University and the decision to write about India.
Hussein’s The Weary Generations, a quintessential partition novel, is till date an accurate account depicting Pakistan’s condition and contradictions.
An excerpt from ‘Inheriting the Hamam Dasta and its Stories,’ a chapter by Maya Mirchandani in ‘Looking Back: the 1947 Partition, 70 Years On’.
The 13 titles vying for the literary award showcase a diverse approach to South Asian narratives.
An excerpt from Unbordered Memories: Sindhi Stories of Partition, edited and translated by Rita Kothari.
Author Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar had earlier said he was facing intense online abuse, and a group of Adivasis had taken out a protest against him, burning his effigy and books.
In India Through Archaeology: Excavating History, Devika Cariapa digs through mud, stone and brick to bring alive the story of the people of India by the material remains of their cities and settlements.
A Delhi court issued an interim injunction on the book on an ex parte basis – which means the publisher and author were not asked to present their version of events.
An excerpt from Y.V. Reddy’s ‘Advice and Dissent: My Life in Public Service’ on his time as RBI governor.
An excerpt from ‘Ricochets: From Gordonstoun to Africa’s Wars: The Life of Mercenary Soldier Peter Duffy’.
From Chanakya to Modi: The Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy explores the design in India’s worldview where the moral and the practical mesh, sometimes seamlessly and sometimes not.
An excerpt from Manjari Katju’s ‘Hinduising Democracy: The Vishva Hindu Parishad in Contemporary India’.
Emily Brontë’s 199th birthday is a good time to sweep away the fluff of romantic notions that shroud her only novel, and to examine her genius.
In conversation with Priyanka Pathak-Narain about her research into the rise of Ramdev, India’s surprising godman-tycoon.
The great Hindi writer remains as relevant today as he was more than a century ago.
‘India Dissents’, edited by Ashok Vajpeyi, leaves you with thoughts that make you understand the value of Indian citizenship.
All six of Austen’s novels, published between 1811 and 1818, are thematically and in their representation of stereotypes and caricatures, relevant to 21st century India.
The shortlist will be announced on September 13 and the winner on October 17.
Gayatri Jayaraman’s ‘Who me, Poor?’ fails to understand that the difference between the ‘urban poor’ she talks of and the real urban poor is that the former have a choice.
In an interview to The Wire, author Scaachi Koul discusses her new book of personal essays, casual racism, date rape, her parents and more.
N. Ram’s new book sees mounting graft as an outgrowth of economic liberalisation. But the fact that controlled economies produced some of the most corrupt societies the world has known should give us pause to think.
India-China relations require a fundamental reset and a new scholarly book provides a useful, if indirect, contribution to how we think about the relationship.
The Raghubir Library and Research Institute is a must consult archive for historians of Malwa and Central India, for the Mughal-Maratha-Rajput interface of the 18th century and the British expansion thereafter.