Here at last is an Indian historical novel that resists the temptation to be intimate with the monumental, using instead the lives of obscure (and imaginary) characters to tell the story of Tipu Sultan’s Mysore.
In Hindutva or Hind Swaraj, U.R. Ananthamurthy sets out to prove that V.D. Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva is dangerous to the idea of India but ends up situating him as an important and respectable thinker alongside Gandhi.
Are the hauntings at Mussoorie and Landour just practical fictions amidst the solitude of the hills?
‘Witness/Kashmir 1986-2016’ features nine Kashmiri photographers from different eras, who have put together their version of the Kashmir they grew up.
Sidin Vadukut’s new book, based on a real case, fails to build a convincing world around its characters, leaving the reader discontented.
Like Weber before him, Shadi Hamid attributes more importance to religious denomination than material conditions as a factor for liberalism and democracy in ‘Islamic Exceptionalism’.
Paul Lemos Horta’s Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights tells us of the many ways stories from the Arabian Nights have been appropriated, told and retold, over the centuries.
Krishnan Srinivasan’s Ambassador Marco returns in another thrilling novel, Ambassador Marco’s Indian Instincts which successfully combines an espionage plot with elements of crime fiction.
India has, over time, cultivated a culture of exerting no effort towards justice for the survivors of communal violence, finds Warisha Farasat and Prita Jha’s book.
At the root of India’s problems, the authors of ‘Dragon on Our Doorstep’ write, is the erroneous belief that a large and well equipped military alone can win wars.
Through ‘The Queue’, a dystopian novel, Basma Abdel Aziz provides an incisive look into the functioning of dictatorships.
In ‘Do We Care: India’s Health System’, K. Sujatha Rao tells us an insider’s tale of the languishing Indian Public Health System and how it could be rebuilt.
In his book, Bashir Abu-Manneh sets out to examine how the Palestinian novel has been in conversation with the Palestinian political struggle since 1948.
Both the India Art Fair and the Jaipur Literary Festival have expanded and developed at a time when there is a increasing appetite in India for what they offer, as well as growing international interest in India’s modern culture.
Voters Make “Strategic Choices” in Favour of Money and Muscle: Milan Vaishnav on Criminal-Politicians
Milan Vaishnav’s recently released ‘When Crime Pays – Money and Muscle in Indian Politics’ explores the co-existence of democracy and illegality, and why it is repeatedly blessed by voters.
MSG’s study sought to accurately assess the presence of Indian indigenous languages at the World Book Fair.
‘Homesick for Another World’ is a fine short story collection. It’s relentlessly dark and unforgiving of both the world we live in and ourselves.
In ‘Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond’, William Dalrymple and Anita Anand tell the tale of the colourful stone with an attempt to separate history from myth.
In conversation with Karan Mahajan on writing contemporary novels, memory, political correctness and a post-Trump US.
Rabi Thapa’s Thamel:Dark Star of Kathmandu suggests that the world needs to get to know Thamel’s residents – both Nepali and those visitors that arrived but never left.
In Goras and Desis, economist Omkar Goswami shows how from even as far back as the 18th century, Indians collaborated with the British, creating enterprises for fruitful mercantile activity.
To reduce the scientific enterprise to a battle for priority is to replace an intricate portrait with a gross caricature.
This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.
Amongst the themes that emerge from Chintan Chandrachud’s ‘Balanced Constitutionalism: Courts and Legislatures in India and the United Kingdom’ is the quest for optimal machinery for dialogue between the legislature and the courts.
‘The Story of Secularism’ is a great introduction to a complex topic and a good way for young readers to start thinking about a difficult subject.
In conversation with the English novelist about the allure of realism, the traps and surprises of writing fiction, and his sense of Englishness.
In conversation with Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger, on liberal democracy, fascism, faith and where to find hope in such times.
In Marriage and its Discontents: Women, Islam and the Law in India, Sylvia Vatuk argues how ‘paternalistic attitudes’ affect women suffering in abusive and troubled marriages.
“When I think about it – in a weird way, I’ve stopped pandering to myself.”
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce’s Rebellion Against Victorian Conventions Turns 100
James Joyce’s first novel traces the intellectual awakening of a fictional alter ego and is symptomatic of the literary transitions taking place from the Victorian to the modern era.
In ‘Political Tolerance in the Global South: Images of India, Pakistan and Uganda’, Sten Widmalm has provided much-needed and rarely available data on how people view the political “other”.
Khaled Ahmed’s ‘Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism in Pakistan’ fell short in that was far more descriptive than it was prescriptive.
This excerpt from Foot Soldier of the Constitution: A Memoir delves into the activist’s roots, explores how her family shaped her childhood and the role Parsis have played in her life.
The novella beautifully captures the cultural significance of jallikattu in the life of rural Tamil Nadu, even if the ‘tradition’ is inextricably bound up with feudalism, caste hierarchies, masculinity and patriarchy.
The Man Booker Prize winner is not an unwilling interviewee. Rather, he doesn’t want to subscribe to labels the meanings of which he is unsure of.
In Rohith Vemula and Kanhaiya Kumar’s Writings, an Extraordinary Power to Connect With Ordinary People
From Bihar to Tihar and Caste is Not a Rumour both demonstrate the privileges and pitfalls of belonging to certain castes, classes, institutions, locations and politics.
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya’s Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji is a detailed description of a movement and a leader that have much to teach us, despite their faults.
‘Swing Time’ like its predecessors is intensely curious about race, but it is also curious about so much more than race, such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, ‘Ali Baba Goes to Town’ and Michael Jackson.
In Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, James T. Hamilton gives a bird’s eye view of the ecosystem of investigative reporting and addresses its costs, benefits and impact.
Burhan Sonmez’s Istanbul Istanbul is filled with stories of imagination and hope that help the four protagonists survive torture in an underground prison in the Turkish capital.