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.
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.