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No Country by Kalyan Ray
If the early cha­pters are like riding a whirlwind, what follows is like being bec­almed mid sea.
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | Jul 14, 2014
Indian National Congress and The Struggle For Freedom 1885-1947 by Amales Tripathi
Acknowledging subaltern studies, the Cambridge school and the Communists, this monumental history establishes the primacy of the INC to the freedom struggle
Reviewed by Mani Shankar Aiyar
Magazine | Jun 30, 2014
Reading Rituparno by Shoma A. Chatterji
A matrix of themes bind a well-researched study of Rituparno’s films. Missing beats are drowned in praise.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Jun 16, 2014
Byculla To Bangkok: Mumbai’s Maharashtrian Mobsters by S. Hussain Zaidi
Ventures into risky territory and emerges with a breezy, informative read.
Reviewed by Amrita Shah
Magazine | Jun 16, 2014
The Literary Thing: History, Poetry And The Making Of A Modern Cultural Sphere by Rosinka Chaudhuri
A study of the Bengali literary canon looks at pre-Tagore figures through both literary history and its historiography
Reviewed by Abhijit Gupta
Magazine | Jun 09, 2014
Single Man by Sankarshan Thakur
Does not disappoint—a racy, readable biography of a difficult, reticent subject.
Reviewed by Uttam Sengupta
Magazine | Jun 09, 2014
Central Time by Ranjit Hoskote
Sutradhar, curator and Mumbaiah, Hoskote dazzles with his kaleidoscopic points of view and his multiphony
Reviewed by Sudeep Sen
Magazine | Jun 02, 2014
Travelling In, Travelling Out: A Book Of Unexpected Journeys by
This finely edited collection of essays is not a travel book in the conventional sense
Reviewed by Bhaichand Patel
Magazine | Jun 02, 2014
A sports film with phony feel-goodness and one that is far from inspirational.
Reviewed by Namrata Joshi
Web | May 15, 2014
An Undocumented Wonder: The Making Of The Great Indian Election by S.Y. Quraishi
Quraishi’s information-packed book lays bare the EC’s workings, but skips lightly on the electoral reforms issue
Reviewed by Bibek Debroy
Magazine | May 19, 2014
The Candidate by Anirudh Bhattacharyya
A comic stage, underlying serious themes, is set up in a fictional Bengal constituency
Reviewed by Shovon Chowdhury
Magazine | May 19, 2014
Ambedkar: Awakening India’s Social Conscience by Narendra Jadhav
A book that slices Ambedkar’s life for clarity is actually a pastiche of past scholarship and fills up its pages by liberally quoting from his own works
Reviewed by Raja Sekhar Vundru
Magazine | May 12, 2014
Panty by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay & Arunava Sinha
The buzz was that it made rea­ders gasp when it came out in 2006 in the puja issue of Desh
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | May 12, 2014
The Last Word by Hanif Qureishi
Kureishi's art stands renewed in this novel, and his language retains its vigour
Reviewed by Tabish Khair
Magazine | May 12, 2014
The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking Of Manmohan Singh by Sanjaya Baru
This model piece of non-fiction narrates a tragedy of our times—how the brilliant Manmohan Singh fell from grace and stumbled his way through a tough term as PM
Reviewed by Gurcharan Das
Magazine | May 05, 2014
Conversations With Waheeda Rehman by Nasreen Munni Kabir
This Q and A book allows Waheeda Rehman to show her personas—as actress, star, Everywoman, luminous beauty
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | Apr 28, 2014
100 Things To Know And Debate Before You Vote by Hindol Sengupta
Written like a ready reckoner of issues that should have mattered and set the agenda for this election
Reviewed by Lopa Ghosh
Magazine | Apr 28, 2014
Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
A novel about Forster details the painful gestation of A Passage To India and the unrequited love at its beating heart
Reviewed by Anvar Alikhan
Magazine | Apr 21, 2014
Idris: Keeper Of The Light by Anita Nair
Nair brilliantly captures the music of many tongues as she traverses the different terrains.
Reviewed by Manjul Bajaj
Magazine | Apr 21, 2014
Aavarana—The Veil by S.L. Bhyrappa
Bhyrappa’s fevered hatred of Indian Muslims and their heritage violates his own, bragged principle: truth-telling
Reviewed by Sudheendra Kulkarni
Magazine | Apr 14, 2014

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