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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
AN UNFINISHED AGENDA: My Life In The Pharmaceutical Industry by Dr Anji Reddy
Reviewed by Anvar Alikhan
Magazine | Feb 23, 2015
Editor Unplugged: Media, Magnates, Netas & Me by Vinod Mehta
The tigers of the media and the corporate world find themselves caught in the unsparing, irreverent gaze of Vinod Mehta
Reviewed by Harish Khare
Magazine | Feb 16, 2015
The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer
The impulses of foreign blood join the fading old aristocracy in this tale of examining roots in ’80s India
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Feb 09, 2015
The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years by Pranab Mukherjee
There is little spark in Muk­herjee’s prose to light it up, but when did we last hear or read a spirited defence of Ind­ian democracy’s ‘darkest period’?
Reviewed by Uttam Sengupta
Magazine | Feb 09, 2015
Kafkaland: Prejudice, Law And Counterterrorism In India by Manisha Sethi
Looking at how the Amit Shah case has been managed, the possibility of other fake encounter cases falling apart is very real.
Reviewed by Saba Naqvi
Web | Jan 21, 2015
Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End by Atul Gawande
A brilliant look at ageing, illness and approaching death shows how modern medicine fails on the emotional frontier
Reviewed by Kavery Nambisan
Magazine | Jan 19, 2015
Becoming A Mountain by Stephen Alter
A deeply felt, personal story of travelling on many levels
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | Jan 19, 2015
Fire Altar by Keki N. Daruwalla Escape Artist by Sridala Swami When God Is A Traveller by Arundhathi Subramaniam Selected Poems by Joy Goswami & Sampurna Chattarji
Daruwalla’s ancient longings, Subramaniam’s wry humour, Swami’s colluding worlds and Goswami’s versatility—a bouquet of poetry for all occasions
Reviewed by Sudeep Sen
Magazine | Dec 29, 2014
Letters For A Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru To His Chief Ministers (1947 to 1963) by Madhav Khosla
At a time when India was riven with poverty and communal riots, Nehru’s missives to his chief ministers are a model of sagacity, persuasion and statecraft
Reviewed by Prem Shankar Jha
Magazine | Dec 22, 2014

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