An excerpt from With Great Truth and Regards, a forthcoming book on the social history of the typewriter.
Gleick’s book’s charm lies in his stitching together the ideas of writers, philosophers and scientists as far apart in history as Lamb and Oates, Aristotle and Hume, Galileo and Bohr
A book on Israel’s success in water management deliberately ignores the brutal military reality of water conquest, while another by a Palestinian journalist during the Israeli Operation Protective Edge in 2014, can only see the harm
The judges chose this book for its “eye-opening and captivating exploration into a parallel literary culture that can often feel at a great remove from English-speaking metropolitan India”.
Arthur Swinson’s Kohima: The Story of the Greatest Battle Ever Fought is a soldier’s personalised account of an excruciating and merciless battle.
Using anecdotal evidence in Faith, Unity, Discipline: The Inter-Service-Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, Hein G. Kiessling proves that the Pakistani military’s abiding aim is to ensure it has permanent veto power over the country’s civilian leaders.
Rajeev Kinra’s Writing Self, Writing Empire is a window into the life and writings of Chandar Bhan Brahman, a skilled Farsi poet and a munshi who served in the Mughal court under emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb.
The End of History and The Clash of Civilizations were maps, meant to explain the world. They emphasised the inevitable progress of liberal democracy and the irreducible nature of hostilities based on “civilisations”, aspects that events have shown are less important than political movements, nation-building projects and institutional alliances.
An extract from Kate Brittlebank’s Tiger: The Life of Tipu Sultan.
In an interview, Jerry Pinto talks about putting together a new collection of essays on mental health, the limitations of art, what it means to survive and why you must beware if you have a writer in the family.
M. Hashim Kidwai’s memoir recollects the student movements at Lucknow University, the role of Muslims in resisting Partition, and their participation in politics and academics after Independence.
The literature festival in Mumbai is geared towards recognising and promoting literary talent across different genres of literature among emerging as well as distinguised writers.
In Kossi Efoui’s The Shadow of Things to Come the work of forgetting has to be completed.
In these intolerant times, we should take a leaf from the patron saint of banned books, D.H. Lawrence, and discuss, dissuade and dissent.
In his new book, Sanjaya Baru makes the convincing argument that Narasimha Rao’s reforms made 1991 as momentous a year as 1947 for India’s political history.
Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut book is a rite-of-passage tale of a Sikh migrant who defies all labels of religion, cultural and identity.
Grassroots Innovation – Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds is a compendium of rural innovations encountered by Anil Gupta during his travels over the last couple of decades.
Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s best-known novelists and author of the short story Whale Rider, which has been adapted into an award-winning film. Ihimaera is also believed to be the first member of the Maori community to have published a novel.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
Prerna Singh’s book, ‘How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India’, establishes a connection between subnationalism and social indices.
Between Memory and Museum questions our perceptions of diverse cultures and the roles of capital and markets in the world of art.
The e-book has made continued inroads into the publishing world but the printed book has defied predictions of its death.
For Mahajan, appropriating the experiences of minorities is not a question of power that needs sensitive negotiation, but something that privilege has given him a season’s pass to.
A new book edited by Ravinder Kaur examines the consequences of gender imbalance in India and China.
Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, lays bare the trapdoors of the American Dream after the 2008 financial crisis.
Chetan Bhagat discusses his new book “One Indian Girl” and answer questions on themes such as sexism at the workplace, female friendships, romantic relationships and his idea of feminism.
This excerpt from Aashish Contractor’s book shows that heart disease and diarrhoea are among the leading causes of death among women in India.
This week’s column deals with our relationships with stories. What do we expect from the fiction we read and who owns a story, the writer or the reader?
The urban ecologist Harini Nagendra in her book Nature in the City explores the past, present and future of nature in one of India’s largest and fastest growing cities.
Vijay Prashad’s The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution provides a helpful interpretation of the processes that have led to the current state of the Arab world, but hazards little about the future prospects for the region.
An excerpt from Arshia Sattar’s Ramayana for Children.
Nandini Sundar’s meticulously researched The Burning Forest is a searing indictment of how the government and the Maoists fail to deliver constitutional rights.
The #bookstagram hashtag on Instagram is changing the way the world looks at reading.
The unmasking of the real author of the Neapolitan series was an act of vandalism.
The announcement marks 19 years since Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, took the literary world by storm and won her the Man Booker Prize.
A reader brought to our notice that some sections of this review could have been plagiarised. A subsequent investigation revealed some obvious similarities (whole sentences copied word for word) to this article. We apologise unreservedly for publishing the review and are taking it down.
Aravind Adiga’s new novel Selection Day takes a cynical view of Mumbai cricket, and is centred around the high aspirations of its protagonists and their ultimate failures.
Many of H.G. Wells’s futuristic prophecies have come true, but the one on which his heart was most set – the establishment of a world state – remains unfulfilled.
The curious place of Arundhati Roy’s non-fiction in the canon and the persistent mischaracterisation of her work.
Volga’s The Liberation of Sita is not a Ramayana of war and rivalry, but a re-envisioning of the epic through Sita’s eyes.