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Bedtime Story, Black Tulip by Kiran Nagarkar
A post-Emergency play adapted from the Mahabharata is relevant in these times of thuggish Hindutva and loss of hope
Reviewed by Hartman de Souza
Magazine | May 04, 2015
Mantras For Success, India's Greatest CEOs Tell You How To Win by Suhel Seth & Sunny Sen
A rehashing of top CEO profiles leads up to the pieces de resistance: inspiring quotes
Reviewed by Anvar Alikhan
Magazine | May 04, 2015
India Song by Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr’s Photoshop vision places animals in Rajasthan’s palatial grandeur. The result is magical, absurd, gorgeous.
Reviewed by William Dalrymple
Magazine | Apr 27, 2015
Aryans, Jews, Brahmans: Theorizing Authority Through Myths Of Identity by Dorothy M. Figueira
Drawing on the Rig Veda, orientalists, reformers and Hindu nationalists constructed self-serving ideas of ‘the Aryans’
Reviewed by Anshul Avijit
Magazine | Apr 27, 2015
Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
There is a tone of finality about Let Me Be Frank With You—it’s clear there will be no more Frank Bascombe novels.
Reviewed by Satish Padmanabhan
Magazine | Apr 27, 2015
The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi’s Campaign To Transform India by Lance Price
This Modi book is good on the campaign hardware and adds to the halo but avoids the discomforting bits
Reviewed by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay
Magazine | Apr 20, 2015
Don’t Let Him Know by Sandip Roy
Roy tells his stories simply, without too many twists, just an end stop that makes the reader think.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Apr 20, 2015
Room 000: Narratives Of The Bombay Plague by Kalpish Ratna
Fear stalks a plague-ridden Bombay. The colonial service is clueless, when a few men in Room 000 plan a fightback.
Reviewed by Shabnam Minwalla
Magazine | Apr 13, 2015
The Unquiet Ones: A History Of Pakistan Cricket by Osman Samiuddin
This superb history tells the story of Pakistan through its popular sport.
Reviewed by Suresh Menon
Magazine | Apr 13, 2015
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand
Reared as English nobility, Sophia Duleep Singh was fiery suffragette, social worker and Indian nationalist
Reviewed by Sunil Mehra
Magazine | Mar 30, 2015
No Good Men Among The Living by Anand Gopal
This book is out to help us wade through the complex layers of Afghan socio-politics.
Reviewed by Pranay Sharma
Magazine | Mar 30, 2015
The Black Hill by Mamang Dai
A tale set in the wilds of Assam and Arunachal speaks of old certainties crashing into the colonial vanguard
Reviewed by Janice Pariat
Magazine | Mar 23, 2015
Fairy Tales At Fifty by Upamanyu Chatterjee
Welds together myths, folklore and realist storytelling to shine a hard light on the pervasiveness of evil in our times.
Reviewed by Rajat Chaudhuri
Magazine | Mar 23, 2015
The First Firangis by Jonathan Gil Harris
A marvellous account of the early firangis who turned Indian is a salad of identities and a mirror of Indianness
Reviewed by Pramod Kumar KG
Magazine | Mar 16, 2015
No One Has To Know: Smart Anti-ageing For Indian Skin by Dr Jamuna Pai
The best way to use the knowledge this book imparts is to treat it like a supermarket.
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | Mar 16, 2015
A Book Of Simple Living: Brief Notes From The Hills by Ruskin Bond
From the inimitable Bond comes wisdom wrapped in gentle tales, mountain mist and the natural world
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Mar 09, 2015
The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall
The book is as detailed and thorough as the various temples, stupas and mon­astic precints it covers.
Reviewed by Gautam Bhatia
Magazine | Mar 09, 2015
Restart: The Last Chance For The Indian Economy by Mihir S. Sharma
A book on the chronic failures of our economy is painted in the broadest strokes, yet a compelling read
Reviewed by Suhel Seth
Magazine | Mar 02, 2015
My Name Is Abu Salem by S. Hussain Zaidi
The book, despite its details, does not bring Salem to life, who remains flat, untouched.
Reviewed by Amrita Shah
Magazine | Mar 02, 2015
Freedom's Mother by Anisul Hoque
The Bangladesh insurrection comes alive in this novel, so too the horrors, and the heroics of the people
Reviewed by Mani Shankar Aiyar
Magazine | Feb 23, 2015

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