Patrick Modiano’s recently translated Sundays in August and Such Fine Boys are poles apart in their themes, but are shrouded in mystery and manage to successfully build a sense of place.
During the Second World War, the government subjected thousands of troops to mustard gas tests – and kept it a secret.
Hundreds of thousands of Indians fled Burma when Japan invaded in 1942, including my father and his family.
Eric Hobsbawm’s autobiography, Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life, is a vast treasure house of memories and provides a look into the past and the events that have shaped the world of today.
Edgar Allen Poe famously thought it was ‘such a great misfortune’, to lose the capacity to be alone with oneself, to get caught up in the crowd, to surrender one’s singularity to mind-numbing conformity.
Panic had already been growing in Madras – the city was already flooded with refugees from Burma with tales of the bombing on Rangoon and Mandalay.
The 45-day fishing ban provides a false impression of conservation: the benefits are short-lived and the fishing can happen unhindered for the remaining 320 days of the year.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Arthur Swinson’s Kohima: The Story of the Greatest Battle Ever Fought is a soldier’s personalised account of an excruciating and merciless battle.
The fashion for wild animal skins and furs drove a hunting boom in the Amazon basin through the 20th century and the animals that live there are feeling the impact till today.
Children are trained to take the subway, run errands and to even make the journey to their school by themselves due to a widespread trust in its society.
The ‘thing’ for this week’s column is war – what nations expect from soldiers and the unexpected societal consequences of losing.
The West is not the part of the world most threatened by ISIS. Countries in the Middle East will have to keep their own house in order – with less corruption, a better distribution of income and fair policing.
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 June 1914, a Bosnian-Serb revolutionary inadvertently set off the first global conflict of our times. Should he have chosen more peaceful methods to further his cause, the world would be a different place today.
China’s behaviour has put new life into a fierce debate about Japanese militarism that’s been rumbling since the end of the second world war.
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.
Among the remains excavated from Arunachal Pradesh, of US fighters from the Second World War, might be Gary’s uncle First Lieutenant Irwin Zartz, the navigator of the B-34 bomber fondly named “Hot as Hell”.
In her Nobel Lecture, the winner of the Literature prize for 2015 reflects on ‘Red’ Man and the complex legacy of the erstwhile Soviet Union.
Today is Hollywood actor Hedy Lamarr’s 101st birthday. It is being celebrated not only by movie fans but telecom engineers all over the world. Why could that be? Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler, and hit headlines as an actress with a nude swimming scene in […]
The unique challenges of feeding an army, and how World War II kick-started food research that changed what and how the Indian army eats.