The biggest black money case that has come up so far is that of the Adani group, promoted by Gautam Adani, one of Modi’s closest associates, writes Josy Joseph in his book A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India. Here’s an excerpt.
Nguyen understands that the sheer magnitude of the destruction from the war cannot be effectively captured through bleak realism, but rather, through a style that disavows its own seriousness, that often pushes us to laughter, before making us remember the darkness that lies underneath.
Shrabani Basu’s For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front is an engaging chronicle of the lives of Indian soldiers sent by the British Empire to fight in the first world war.
In The Truth About Trump, Michael D’Antonio presents Donald Trump as a creation of a society that rewards boasting, self-publicity, self-confidence and celebrity.
Despite her popularity and her solidarity with the oppressed, the Left and the avant garde writers of West Bengal never really liked the celebrated author.
Beauty Is a Wound serves as a crash course in contemporary Indonesian history since most of us who know little about the country beyond Bali.
In conversation with Gautam Bhan on his new book, In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi.
This is one obituary I wish I did not have to write. The writer Mahasweta Devi breathed her last in Kolkata on July 28 but the activist in her wanted to live ‘for ever’. On many occasions we got talking about death; and invariably, in every such conversation she stated […]
A fierce controversy is raging in the Hindi literary world at the moment because the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is celebrating his 89th birthday today by launching a series of programmes in his honour.
In a remarkable coincidence, irrefutable evidence of ‘the RSS connection’ with Gandhi’s assassination surfaced in recent years – just as it was about to claim the Gandhian heritage.
An excerpt from Hashimpura 22 May: The Forgotten Story of India’s Biggest Custodial Killing, pointing out the role of the army in the 1987 massacre.
‘When you actually have a different genre for climate change fiction, it becomes something separate that is not connected with the seriousness of everyday life. But it is absolutely integrated into our everyday life.’
A conversation with Kate Brittlebank, whose Tiger: The Life of Tipu Sultan looks at the life and times of the dynamic, near-mythical historical character
An excerpt from Maya Mirchandani’s chapter in More News Is Good News: Untold Stories From 25 Years of Television Journalism.
While short-and-to-the-point may be a good fit for digital consumption, it’s not the sort of reading likely to nurture the critical thinking we still talk about as a hallmark of university education.
In India’s Long Road, Vijay Joshi takes his reader on an insightful journey through seven decades of economic history, pointing out what went wrong and how it could be made right.
The framing of A Long Watch, the memoir of the LTTE’s highest-ranking prisoner, Commodore Ajith Boyagoda, as told to Sunila Galappatti.
In a slim volume, the celebrated author asks fundamental questions about the role of literature in confronting the greatest challenge of our times: climate change.
The relative marginalisation of Pansare’s work is likely a consequence of the larger unquestioned practices that have become normal fare in communist parties today.
With a much-anticipated critical edition of Hitler’s hateful screed in the pipeline, it’s worth revisiting how the French translation endured decades of dubious sales, editing and censorship.
The Madras high court reminds the state that it is charged with the obligation to resist the illegal demands of censorious mobs, not to appease them.
The dance is one among a few cultural objects today – like Ganesh Utsav, the thickening sindoor that women display, freshly minted greetings like ‘Jai Shri Krishna’, bhajan sandhyas – being deployed.
Adichie recreates the very narrative she has famously warned against.
The history of mental illness in his family is an undercurrent throughout his book, The Gene, lending intimacy to what would otherwise have easily been a clinical history of the gene.
Sam Miller talks about his latest book, Once Upon A Time in India: The Marvellous Adventures of Captain Corcoran, the first-ever translation into English of the raucous 1867 French classic.
The countries are far beyond poised for partnership as matters stand today. Perhaps a more apt title could have been Poised for Alliance, which would be eye-opening and more forward-looking.
By recreating a whole world around a group of traders in western India, Chhaya Goswami’s Globalization before Its Time is business history as it should be.
Dikotter maps the prolonged paroxysm of that figure who tormented China and sought to perpetuate his political legacy by destroying what he had himself created.
Pallavi Aiyar writes a laudable and deeply relatable account of a modern day motherhood that is wedged between conventional expectations and contemporary aspirations
The translations by N. Kalyan Raman bring the work of Ashokamitran, one of the finest living Indian writers, to a wider audience.
Daya Kishan Thussu’s Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood lucidly maps out the complex concept in its historical, cultural and political contexts.
Far from clamouring for the videos tapes of Ayyub’s sting operation, Modi partisans have maintained a studied silence. Is it simply because they are cowards, or because they have accepted its truth?
Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails is a riveting intellectual biography that brings to life the men and women who transformed existentialism from a fancy idea with a fancier lineage, to a full-fledged ‘movement’.
First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India Volume 1 tells 22 non-fiction tales of contemporary India.
No one claims ‘purity’ any longer, no one can. Chaudhuri, while being a worshipper of British originality and purity, would vouch for this today more than anyone else.
Vinay Sitapati’s biography of the former prime minister raises pertinent points about Rao’s tenure as prime minister during the Babri Masjid demolition, the process of economic liberalisation and the advent of India’s nuclear programme.
Slade House is a good enough haunted house tale, but it is a mix of Mitchell’s safe styles and for that, a tad disappointing.
In his new book, Husain Haqqani broadly diagnoses the bilateral distrust between India and Pakistan and maps out how both sides have played with a number of levers over the last two decades.
In a state where leaders are usually hero-worshipped and critics discouraged, Vaasanthi’s new book is an objective, rigorous and textured view of ‘Amma’.
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.