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For Better Or For Verse: Sanjeev Sethi’s Hesitancies Captures The Dystopian Post-pandemic World

For Better Or For Verse: Sanjeev Sethi’s Hesitancies Captures The Dystopian Post-pandemic World

18 November, 2021 Malashri Lal

Sharp as bullets and soft as silk, the poems touch each reader variously.

Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Master Of St. Petersburg

Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Master Of St. Petersburg

10 November, 2021 Raza Naeem

Looking back at the life and works of the Russian author Dostoevsky born this week 200 years ago.


How Gandhi’s Views On Religion, Politics Shaped His Philosophy Of Ahimsa

Jyotirmaya Sharma’s book takes a long, hard look at the miscibility of religion and politics in Gandhi’s thoughts.

Book Review: A Searing Tale Of Love, Loss And Longing

Book Review: A Searing Tale Of Love, Loss And Longing

27 October, 2021 Anjana Basu

Anindita Ghose’s The Illuminated is an interwoven narrative between a mother and daughter’s experiences of loss, and an exploration of the different states of loneliness.


Women Who Wear Only Themselves: A Brilliant Tale Of Carving A Spiritual Path

Mystical experiences lead to the path to self-knowledge and truth. This book profiles four women who walked that way.

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13 October, 2021

An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

Ananda Banerjee

People see elephant conservation in isolation. Sanjeev Kumar Chadha’s data rich book explains the challenges posed by human-elephant conflict and fragmentation of corridors and provides solutions.


13 October, 2021

Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

P.A. Krishnan

In this concluding volume of his sympathetic biography of the RSS icon, Vikram Sampath focuses on the Hindu Mahasabha’s role in the freedom movement and the Gandhi murder trial.


13 October, 2021

Freeze Frames: A Wanted Dacoit, A Fading Dhrupad Legend And Smouldering Ayodhya

Prashant Panjiar

The stories behind some of the most iconic photographs by Prashant Panjiar.


06 October, 2021

Chronicler With A Movie Camera

Alka Acharya

Romila Thapar’s account of a 1957 journey to ancient Buddhist sites in China, across swathes of Silk Route territory and modern cities, comprises both visitor’s gaze and historian’s introspection. The result is time travel with a continually shifting lens.


29 September, 2021

How The Past Speaks

Sudhirendar Sharma

An itinerant, evocative tour of archaeological sites attempts, through astute reflection, to reshape the idea of India


29 September, 2021

Not Their Land: A Lesson In Raj Chicanery

Manu S. Pillai

In this excerpt from his new book, Manu S. Pillai recounts how the British, through deceit and ill will, tried to unseat the ruler of Baroda. When their plot was picked apart by the maharaja’s British lawyer, they fell back on outright racism to have their way.


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22 September, 2021

Hari Pulakkat’s Brilliant Book Weaves In Anecdotal Stories About Doyens Of Modern Indian Science

Pallava Bagla

Not just scientific facts and concepts, Pulakkat weaves in anecdotal stories of the doyens of modern Indian science. Tales of their struggles make this a valuable book.


22 September, 2021

A Shape-Shifting Novel Which Reveals Identity And Nationalism To Be In A Flux

Priya K. Nair

In this shape-shifting novel with a gallery of characters who don’t fit in fully, old certitudes like identity and nationalism are revealed to be in a flux


16 September, 2021

Crouching Tigers

Ghee Bowman

Ghee Bowman brings to light the forgotten story of an Indian force’s role in the Battle of France and their fighting withdrawal through Dunkirk. In this excerpt, individual units arrive in northern France and take their positions, awaiting the Wehrmacht onslaught.


15 September, 2021

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Vappala Balachandran

This book presents a wealth of detail, digging deep into the murky crypts of the RAW and ISI. In the final analysis, it’s inauthentic and unconvincing.


08 September, 2021

Eastern Disturbances

Mani Shankar Aiyar

A former foreign service officer recounts the circumstances around Sikkim’s merger with India, as seen by him in close quarters


02 September, 2021

Author Paul Pickering’s Elephant: Felt With A Trunk

Bhaskar Roy

In a narrative arc sweeping from Tsarist and revolutionary Russia to New York émigrés in 2020 and a boy and his fantastical elephant, Pickering connects the picaresque with post-truth


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26 August, 2021

Algorithms Of Eternity

Anjana Basu

Boston fratboys, coding, start-up spiritual dreams and social media obsession—Tahmima Anam gets up to speed


Photo Gallery

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur border after a bill to cancel the three contentious farm laws was passed during the Winter Session of the Parliament, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Kamal Singh

India's captain Ajinkya Rahane speaks to on field umpires as after they stopped play at the end of the fifth day their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

New Zealand's Ajaz Patel is beaten by a delivery bowled by India's Ravindra Jadeja during the day five of their first test cricket match in Kanpur.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

India's players celebrate the wicket of New Zealand's Tim Southee during the day five of their first test cricket match with New Zealand in Kanpur.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
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