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A Poet’s Diversions Around A Pothole
Books Magazine March 27, 2017
Review
A gimlet-eyed Gulzar deals with intolerance, a gloating media, persistent injustices, and a failed national project. All are skewered in startling imagery.
Closely Watched Trains
Books Magazine March 20, 2017
Review
An able administrator, Sreedharan was a stickler for integrity, efficiency and good business practices. This non-eulogistic account serves us well.
A Passion Rose Crushed Under A Victoria
Books Magazine March 13, 2017
Review
Jinnah’s fateful marriage to the vivacious Ruttie, tangled with the turmoil of nationalist politics—is a story of gripping pathos. It is told brilliantly here.
Tales From The Far Pavilions
Books Magazine March 06, 2017
Review
The irrepressible Kohli and BCCI reforms may have pole positions, but the Wisden India Almanack is crammed with tasty cricketing treats
  • Review
    From being the West’s trusted ally, Pakistan is now condemned for its duplicitous state policy. This book looks at its recent, tangled history.
  • Excerpt
    The railway strike of 1974 raised hopes by championing solidarity. Yet, as hundreds were hit in the reprisals, its leaders helplessly let the initiative pass.
Serenity Before Death
Books Magazine February 27, 2017
Review
Mata Hari was modernity’s first exotic beauty and celebrity. Her tragic, dignified life has now inspired the best-selling Paulo Coelho.
The Jinnahs, Gandhi And Khilafat
Books Magazine February 20, 2017
Excerpt
The following excerpt from Sheela Reddy's new book gives a glimpse into the dynamics of the relationship shared by Mr and Mrs Jinnah...
Bose’s Ranis: ‘Not Even One Abandoned The Regiment’
Books Magazine February 13, 2017
Review
Very few have heard of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, which was an integral part of the INA. Fewer still, have heard of the extraordinary stories of the women who made up the regiment.
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    These ­excerpts from 'A Life In Shadow: The Secret Story of ACN Nambiar' by Vappla Balachandran, it is revealed how much Bose depended on Nambiar aka Nanu when he was in Europe in the charged atmosphere just before World War II
‘Jallikattu Is Just A Playful Sport’
Books Magazine February 06, 2017
10 Questions
Perumal Murugan raised a storm two years ago by ‘committing literary suicide’ in a Facebook post, as his book One-Part Woman was attacked by caste-Hindu groups. Here he talks about Jallikattu and the writer’s relationship with everyday politics.
From Silly Point To Long On
Books Magazine January 30, 2017
Review
A patchwork run through India’s Test history has great anecdotal charm, but is repetitive
To Everything There’s A Fast Turn
Books Magazine January 23, 2017
Review
The speedy aggregation of market, nature and technology befuddles us all, says Friedman
A Poet’s Diversions Around A Pothole
Books Magazine March 27, 2017
A gimlet-eyed Gulzar deals with intolerance, a gloating media, persistent injustices, and a failed national project. All are skewered in startling imagery.
India’s Man For All Seasons
Books Magazine March 27, 2017
A.C.N. Nambiar was Azad Hind envoy in Nazi Germany, an associate of Bose and Nehru and later a diplomat. His glittering life has been told at last.
Closely Watched Trains
Books Magazine March 20, 2017
An able administrator, Sreedharan was a stickler for integrity, efficiency and good business practices. This non-eulogistic account serves us well.
Infinite Visions Of Faith
Books Magazine March 20, 2017
A Pakistani immigrant family returns to Karachi from Chicago. For the children, it’s a bewildering can of worms, as well as a sentimental education.
Her Emotions Curdled Thick
Books Magazine March 20, 2017
This slim novel stews in the passionate juice of wronged love. The protagonist, symbolically wedded to deep Krishna love, rages on.
A Passion Rose Crushed Under A Victoria
Books Magazine March 13, 2017
Jinnah’s fateful marriage to the vivacious Ruttie, tangled with the turmoil of nationalist politics—is a story of gripping pathos. It is told brilliantly here.
A Mercurial Orbit Laid To Rest By A Genius
Books Magazine March 13, 2017
An accessible book tells of Newton’s perfect theory, its sole blemish, the centuries-long search for the planet ‘Vulcan’ and the problem’s final solution by Einstein
Tales From The Far Pavilions
Books Magazine March 06, 2017
The irrepressible Kohli and BCCI reforms may have pole positions, but the Wisden India Almanack is crammed with tasty cricketing treats
Plumbing The Deep State
Books Magazine March 06, 2017
From being the West’s trusted ally, Pakistan is now condemned for its duplicitous state policy. This book looks at its recent, tangled history.
Misery After Master Strike
Books Magazine March 06, 2017
The railway strike of 1974 raised hopes by championing solidarity. Yet, as hundreds were hit in the reprisals, its leaders helplessly let the initiative pass.
Serenity Before Death
Books Magazine February 27, 2017
Mata Hari was modernity’s first exotic beauty and celebrity. Her tragic, dignified life has now inspired the best-selling Paulo Coelho.
Nothing Personal About A Crusade
Books Magazine February 27, 2017
Setalvad’s indefatigable fight for justice for the victims of communal riots takes precedence in this memoir over her personal life
From A Baggageless Kipling
Books Magazine February 27, 2017
The timeless hills, the brooks and forests, the creatures that inhabit them and the small stories of innocents among them carry a whiff of old India
The Jinnahs, Gandhi And Khilafat
Books Magazine February 20, 2017
The following excerpt from Sheela Reddy's new book gives a glimpse into the dynamics of the relationship shared by Mr and Mrs Jinnah...
A Spitfire For The Monster’s Hiss
Books Magazine February 20, 2017
Managing China through Pakistan, while keeping the border peaceful, is held up as India’s goal. That, and acquiring more military muscle.
Books Magazine February 20, 2017
Varied ideas line up, but never freeze into formations. That isn’t the mission either. After all, dance keeps evolving all the time.
Bose’s Ranis: ‘Not Even One Abandoned The Regiment’
Books Magazine February 13, 2017
Very few have heard of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, which was an integral part of the INA. Fewer still, have heard of the extraordinary stories of the women who made up the regiment.
The Old ­Captain In Berlin
Books Magazine February 13, 2017
These ­excerpts from 'A Life In Shadow: The Secret Story of ACN Nambiar' by Vappla Balachandran, it is revealed how much Bose depended on Nambiar aka Nanu when he was in Europe in the charged atmosphere just before World War II
‘Jallikattu Is Just A Playful Sport’
Books Magazine February 06, 2017
Perumal Murugan raised a storm two years ago by ‘committing literary suicide’ in a Facebook post, as his book One-Part Woman was attacked by caste-Hindu groups. Here he talks about Jallikattu and the writer’s relationship with everyday politics.
Found: A Treasure In Translation
Books Magazine February 06, 2017
The fascinating world of Akhtar’s fiction opens to the English-reading world with this book
The Wrath Of Our World
Books Magazine February 06, 2017
Making sense of the origins of the global contemporary; an age of perpetual 'civil war'
From Silly Point To Long On
Books Magazine January 30, 2017
A patchwork run through India’s Test history has great anecdotal charm, but is repetitive
Books Magazine January 30, 2017
A book follows the footsteps of Guru Nanak in Pakistan and boldly speaks some bitter truths
Join The March For The Riddles
Books Magazine January 30, 2017
The vast trove of Ambedkar’s writings is culled for a greater understanding of this intellectual titan
‘It’s Like Seeing An American Apparition Take This Job’
Books Magazine January 30, 2017
This year's Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty on 'The Sellout' and today's America-- unflinching and brutal...
To Everything There’s A Fast Turn
Books Magazine January 23, 2017
The speedy aggregation of market, nature and technology befuddles us all, says Friedman
Not Befitting The Patriarch
Books Magazine January 23, 2017
A new biography of A.B. Vajpayee doesn’t miss a beat, but relies heavily on secondary material
400 Years Of Eloquence
Books Magazine January 23, 2017
Rich in symbolism, Kire’s story, resonant of her Naga roots, has the pellucid quality of folktales
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