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.
Hardeep Singh Puri’s book highlights the interconnected world where mistrust, violence and injustice are increasing while international covenants fray, and stresses the need for a collective legal framework to deal with them.
This excerpt from ‘Amul’s India 3.0’ describes the Amul ad’s ability to answer, ‘What is the funniest way to tell that real story so it is truer than just the truth?’
In Night Prayers, Santiago Gamboa charts the lives of three Colombian characters as they navigate life in four different Asian countries.
Hindi literature has been a reflection of the times in the last year, not simply walking the path of power and market forces.
As 2016 draws to an end, we do not truly understand why people believe what it is that they believe, but the stories that they tell themselves give meaning to their lives, and they will not let them go lightly.
Nikesh Shukla has picked many ‘loud people who tell uncomfortable truths about privilege’ for a collection of essays titled The Good Immigrant.
In A Book of Conquest, Manan Ahmed Asif examines the Chachnama and explains why the narrative of Islam in South Asia have been historically misunderstood.
In this episode of The Intersection, we learn about the crusaders who preserve and restore old books so we don’t lose the invaluable gift of knowledge.
In Religion, Caste and Nation in South India, V. Ravi Vaithees focuses on the works of the Tamil Saivite saint Maraimalai Adigal and explores the religious roots of the Dravidian movement and its impact on the political discourse.
An excerpt from the environmentalist’s Radiant Raindrops of Rajasthan.
Adity Kay tells a fictional but believable story of the legendary Chandragupta Maurya, who rose from obscurity to reign over an empire.
It is the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ of Murugan’s literary career that really offers rich and useful insights into his work, more than the period of his literary exile.
In Being the ‘Other’: The Muslim in India, Saeed Naqvi chronicles the events that have led to Muslims being identified as the ‘other’ in the country.
The famous story of a group of schoolboys trapped on an island is more than a little reminiscent of the real world right now.
Arjun Raj Gaind has skilfully combined historical and detective fiction in his A Very Pukka Murder.
An extract from Anuj Bhuwania’s book, Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, which examines how the PIL has become an instrument for the judiciary to micromanage governance.
Kendzior’s collected essays, ‘The View From Flyover Country’, condemns a system so blind to its own faults that it punishes people as “failures” for playing in a game that is rigged against them.