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.
104 years after his birth, Manto continues to teach us about valuing the human above any ethical or political standpoint, through his stark Partition stories.
Sue the Messenger by Subir Ghosh and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is not only a chronicle of legal harassment by corporates of investigative journalists who write about their questionable practices, but also of the resistance against it.
It is to writers like Nirala that we owe the creation of modern Hindi and the development of the Chhayavad movement.
A new book recounts the hostility Rajneesh faced from the people of Oregon when the Guru and his followers set up camp in a small community.
In this extract from Hindutva or Hind Swaraj, the celebrated writer dwells on the theme of crime and punishment.
Liu Cixin’s wildly popular Three Body trilogy mirrors China’s changing zeitgeist.
Mayank Shekhar’s new book ‘Name Place Animal Thing’ manages to capture the essence of modern India – the good, the bad and the ugly – with equal aplomb.
Satabdi Mishra and Akshaya Rautaray recently concluded their extensive “Read More India” tour, which encouraged book-lovers to browse and read a range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Migration and displacement, nostalgia about a pastoral age, decline and disaster run through Intizar Hussain’s classics Basti and The Sea Lies Ahead.
Girl-gone-bad, villains and comedians are among those who picked up a glass of liquor; no one in Hindi films drinks just for leisure
It is ironic that the demand to ban the book comes from those whose ideology was far from anti-colonial, or in sympathy with establishing a secular democratic nation, the kind of nation that Bhagat Singh was working towards.
In his book India’s War, The Making of Modern South Asia 1939-45 Raghavan touches on the human and environmental impact of the war.
Dharamvir Bharati’s 1949 classic novel exploring caste, social propriety and love, which has been translated from the Hindi by Poonam Saxena, remains relevant to this day.
It is our lack of knowledge about Shakespeare’s heart that makes him incomparably enigmatic, more so than any other playwright or poet in history.
A committed activist and writer, he dedicated his life to working with the disenfranchised.
The unfashionable world of Blyton’s school stories still has much to say about what it means to live an ethical life.
An excerpt from Sue the Messenger: How legal harassment by corporates is shackling reportage and undermining democracy in India
How do we explain Bhagat Singh’s prominence over his fellow martyrs, such as Chandrashekhar Azad? His hat portrait, and the extraordinary campaign around it, holds some of the answers to this enduring question.
Those who claim that India is the product of just one religion and culture would do well to read Sunil Khilnani’s eclectic selection of fifty lives who show that India has always absorbed myriad influences, says Sidharth Bhatia.
Anyone, these books assure us, however little else they may have, can hold on to the integrity of their feelings.
Five young women use memory as a powerful weapon against the shameless attempts of the state machinery of Jammu & Kashmir and the Centre to erase mass sexual rape from public consciousness.
Sugary sodas are often seen as an innocuous product, a small part of our global consumer culture. Marion Nestle looks behind this façade in her book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).
Four hundred years after his death, the extraordinary global attention given to Shakespeare not only retrieves the past but traces how historical inscriptions of feeling states have shaped modern consciousness.
On the bard’s 400th death anniversary, Edward Wilson-Lee’s debut book explores the remarkable ways in which his works are woven into the merging cultures of East Africa.
Hridayesh Joshi’s novel, the first in recent years on the Naxal conflict, reads almost like a granular report of the battlefield as it probes the meaning of love and war, life and democracy.
The controversy has exacerbated social tensions between Hong Kong and China, fuelling a fledgling independence movement among pockets of the city’s increasingly restive youth.
A new book examines the painful testimonies and dogged silences of families whose members have been murdered, tortured or raped by security forces, in a place where “everything is in a state of violent, tragic flux”.
An extract from The Northeast Question: Conflicts and frontiers by Pradip Phanjoubam.
Children’s perspectives – their play, their imaginings, their curiosity – invite us to see history with fresh eyes, and achieve a fuller, more intimate access to the past.
Not being a master of any one language may not be a completely hopeless situation after all.
In a tone that is at once celebratory and wondrous, humble, witty, and serious, she talks about the mutability of words over time and their autonomy in making meaning.
Early on in Uncertain Glory, Lluis de Broca, one of the protagonists of Joan Sales’ great novel, stumbles into the cathedral in Olivel, recently sacked by Anarchists, and witnesses a strange scene made up of mummified priests, ripped out of their ancient resting place in the cathedral’s catacombs: […]
A dialogue on the challenges of publishing and selling Palestinian books brings out the day-to-day travails of a lone Arabic bookstore in East Jerusalem.
A detailed and entertaining biography of John le Carre that draws out interesting parallels between his life and his much loved spy novels
The book isn’t simply a litany of all that has gone wrong with India’s environment, but also focuses on green campaigners who are doing admirable work to arrest the onslaught.
Showing a remarkable ability to identify new opportunities, Subhash Chandra created a massive media empire, but has also blurred the distinction between the owner’s and the editor’s views
In conversation with Sunil Khilnani on his new book, Incarnations, and what he hopes this work will mean for how India and the world perceive Indian history.
“My novel is dark because I wrote it in a state of bechaini [anxiety]. In truth, I would like to think of myself as in a state of neither extreme pessimism nor optimism.”
So said writer-academic Purushottam Agrawal, responding to filmmaker Govind Nihalani, during the spirited conversation that took place between them at the India International Centre on March 9, about writing, freedom, and technology.
How does this film look when placed in the context of the nation, is the subject of this new academic study