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.
The history of mental illness in his family is an undercurrent throughout his book, The Gene, lending intimacy to what would otherwise have easily been a clinical history of the gene.
Sam Miller talks about his latest book, Once Upon A Time in India: The Marvellous Adventures of Captain Corcoran, the first-ever translation into English of the raucous 1867 French classic.
The countries are far beyond poised for partnership as matters stand today. Perhaps a more apt title could have been Poised for Alliance, which would be eye-opening and more forward-looking.
By recreating a whole world around a group of traders in western India, Chhaya Goswami’s Globalization before Its Time is business history as it should be.
Dikotter maps the prolonged paroxysm of that figure who tormented China and sought to perpetuate his political legacy by destroying what he had himself created.
Pallavi Aiyar writes a laudable and deeply relatable account of a modern day motherhood that is wedged between conventional expectations and contemporary aspirations
The translations by N. Kalyan Raman bring the work of Ashokamitran, one of the finest living Indian writers, to a wider audience.
Daya Kishan Thussu’s Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood lucidly maps out the complex concept in its historical, cultural and political contexts.
Far from clamouring for the videos tapes of Ayyub’s sting operation, Modi partisans have maintained a studied silence. Is it simply because they are cowards, or because they have accepted its truth?
Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails is a riveting intellectual biography that brings to life the men and women who transformed existentialism from a fancy idea with a fancier lineage, to a full-fledged ‘movement’.
First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India Volume 1 tells 22 non-fiction tales of contemporary India.
No one claims ‘purity’ any longer, no one can. Chaudhuri, while being a worshipper of British originality and purity, would vouch for this today more than anyone else.
Vinay Sitapati’s biography of the former prime minister raises pertinent points about Rao’s tenure as prime minister during the Babri Masjid demolition, the process of economic liberalisation and the advent of India’s nuclear programme.
Slade House is a good enough haunted house tale, but it is a mix of Mitchell’s safe styles and for that, a tad disappointing.
In his new book, Husain Haqqani broadly diagnoses the bilateral distrust between India and Pakistan and maps out how both sides have played with a number of levers over the last two decades.
In a state where leaders are usually hero-worshipped and critics discouraged, Vaasanthi’s new book is an objective, rigorous and textured view of ‘Amma’.
Like some of the finest examples of the science fiction and fantasy genres, these novels engage directly with the idea of ‘the Other’ and ask what happens when humanity just cannot comprehend the alien.
Akhil Sharma, the India-born American author has won the prestigious International Dublin Literary Award for his autobiographical novel, Family Life, a book he once almost gave up on.
The fellowships are awarded to scholars and writers working on the history of independent India.
For Raghu Karnad, recipient of this year’s Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for English, a passing generation held the key to a lost chapter in Indian history.
Karnad’s epic non-fiction account of the lives and deaths of three men in the Indian army is sweeping, passionate and intimate.
Through talking to many of the participants of the 1988 operation, Sushant Singh paints a picture that is both informative and readable.
Imperialism Past and Present challenges several existing notions about empires, colonists and imperialists, making it an interesting read.
Ajay Skaria talks about his new book, Unconditional Equality: Gandhi’s Religion of Resistance.
Wainaina said no bystanders came to his aid during the assault.
Madness allows us to challenge the stereotypes of the rational world.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 is a bold experiment in form, set in an anonymous ‘City-State,’ which unnervingly parallels the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A new performance based on the writings of Muslim women from about a century ago has important implications for the Indian feminist movement today.
Today we assume that early African-American writers inevitably wrote about race – finding Farro’s novel changes that.
Not just chocolates and noodles, even cooking oil made full use of kids to break through the clutter.
An excerpt from Rana Ayyub’s ‘Gujarat Files: The Anatomy of a Cover-Up’
Hopefully, in future, the critics will be more constructive and open to debate than the crowd that failed to shut down JLF SouthBank last weekend.
Llosa’s new novel is impressive in its dexterity as it traces political themes and tells of troubled lives in Lima. But is it a great work?
An excerpt from Office Chai, Planter’s Brew by S. Muthiah and Ranjitha Ashok
The South Korean author won the prize for her novel The Vegetarian.
With his new book, the author takes a step back from the urgency and desperate clamour attendant to a chronicle of cancer and into the more sterilised, yet even more transformative, world of genes.
Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a History of Kavya Literature is a joyous, exuberant and passionate celebration of the Sanskrit language and its most ornate literary form – kavya.