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As You Queued Up Quietly
Books Magazine June 05, 2017
Review
An anatomy of demonetisation, with little empirical data, sums up well, also directing the Centre’s eyes to issues nearer black money
One Of Terpsichore’s Own
Books Magazine May 29, 2017
Review
Sonal Mansingh’s metier enveloped her soul. At the forefront of a renaissance in performing arts post 1947, this is a celebration of a life danced to the full.
  • Review
    Getting into Jayalalitha’s shoes, Outlook’s Tamil Nadu correspondent reviews a book that seems to be only a poor caricature of Amma.
  • Review
    This engaging history of the RBI—rich in events and tales of conflict over policy—effectively ends in 1981. What brings up the rear is biased, tepid stuff.
Thanka’s Purse Of Drachmas
Books Magazine May 22, 2017
Review
Part realistically imagined historical reverie, yet rooted in Kerala’s 20th century diversity, this novel is a skilful construction of myth and memory
If On A Balmy Night A Novelist
Books Magazine May 15, 2017
Review
Amit Chaudhuri revisits Bombay, and collapses into a post-modern echo chamber, where authorship and memory are tossed up. Is this really a novel?
More Than Mere Impulse
Books Magazine May 08, 2017
Review
A pioneering work on protest music in 20th century India looks into the musicality of IPTA songs and their absorption of genres far and near
Say Hello To Old Beauty
Books Magazine May 01, 2017
Review
The meaning of the most common term for something offering sensual and aesthetic pleasure is analysed to the bones by groups of expert professionals
  • Review
    A veteran of our space programme tells a proud, brick-by-brick story of ISRO, built by a band of idealistic young scientists and keen international exchanges
Being And Temporariness
Books Magazine April 24, 2017
Profile
Deepak Unnikrishnan’s first novel teleports through the Malayali-Gulf experience
Malabari Pangs Along Persia Sands
Books Magazine April 17, 2017
Excerpt
Deepak Unnikrishnan’s explosive debut novel Temporary People, a dystopian portrayal of life of Malayalis in the Gulf, has got rave reviews abroad and he is being hailed as the fresh, young voice in fiction. Here, first excerpts from the exceptional book.
Love On Wings Of Clouds
Books Magazine April 10, 2017
Review
Srinivas Reddy’s translation serves Kalidasa’s masterpiece of pining love well. A lyrical effort seeks out the slow rhythms of the mandakranta metre.
  • Review
    Wedded to ‘liberalisation’, India has delivered its public health system to private sharks. This book is a plea to correct this terrible mistake.
  • Review
    Shahjahanabad, once among the world’s glories, is seen as a chaotic sore. Liddle attempts an image reversal through a historical retelling of its urban culture.
  • Review
    The seductions and snares of nationalism are working at many frontiers in India. Last year’s charged, open-air lectures on it at JNU are a compelling read.
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.
As You Queued Up Quietly
Books Magazine June 05, 2017
An anatomy of demonetisation, with little empirical data, sums up well, also directing the Centre’s eyes to issues nearer black money
Tied In Notes Of Amiri Todi
Books Magazine June 05, 2017
Amjad Ali Khan’s recollections of 11 great classical musicians do have well-known details, but his anecdotes are lit up by a sense of ‘ethereality’
One Of Terpsichore’s Own
Books Magazine May 29, 2017
Sonal Mansingh’s metier enveloped her soul. At the forefront of a renaissance in performing arts post 1947, this is a celebration of a life danced to the full.
Mistress Of Ice-Cream Coldness
Books Magazine May 29, 2017
Getting into Jayalalitha’s shoes, Outlook’s Tamil Nadu correspondent reviews a book that seems to be only a poor caricature of Amma.
Grand Tale, Lame Ending
Books Magazine May 29, 2017
This engaging history of the RBI—rich in events and tales of conflict over policy—effectively ends in 1981. What brings up the rear is biased, tepid stuff.
Thanka’s Purse Of Drachmas
Books Magazine May 22, 2017
Part realistically imagined historical reverie, yet rooted in Kerala’s 20th century diversity, this novel is a skilful construction of myth and memory
Lattice Of Lyrical Majesticity
Books Magazine May 22, 2017
The royal masque in Akbar’s glittering court at Fatehpur Sikri is occasion for Sealy’s exquisite poem-prose, decorated with words, absences and old longing
Their Book Of Revelations
Books Magazine May 22, 2017
Southal’s Punjabi widows lead lives of abject pettiness, yet explode into lurid sexual thoughts when prompted. This novel unearths their buried desires.
If On A Balmy Night A Novelist
Books Magazine May 15, 2017
Amit Chaudhuri revisits Bombay, and collapses into a post-modern echo chamber, where authorship and memory are tossed up. Is this really a novel?
Home To Mary And Theodora
Books Magazine May 15, 2017
A biography of Istanbul tells of Justinian, the cult of Mary, its cosmopolitan, progressive core and its Ottoman past with lightly-worn scholarship
Our Inimitable Railway Bazaar
Books Magazine May 15, 2017
The Indian Railways is a country—with its own history, customs, smells, even architecture. This anecdotal, yet serious account stops at all stations.
More Than Mere Impulse
Books Magazine May 08, 2017
A pioneering work on protest music in 20th century India looks into the musicality of IPTA songs and their absorption of genres far and near
Turning Just For The Spin
Books Magazine May 08, 2017
Fickleness is an espionage asset, but Bhagat Ram Talwar, its great master, spun circles around his Russian, British and German handlers during WWII
Cracklin’ On Like An Ol’ 78
Books Magazine May 08, 2017
The novel inhabits the forgotten world of early blues, while fakery and the fantastic, served in overlapping narratives, keeps a steady, modernist beat
Say Hello To Old Beauty
Books Magazine May 01, 2017
The meaning of the most common term for something offering sensual and aesthetic pleasure is analysed to the bones by groups of expert professionals
There Were No Outer Limits
Books Magazine May 01, 2017
A veteran of our space programme tells a proud, brick-by-brick story of ISRO, built by a band of idealistic young scientists and keen international exchanges
Being And Temporariness
Books Magazine April 24, 2017
Deepak Unnikrishnan’s first novel teleports through the Malayali-Gulf experience
Malabari Pangs Along Persia Sands
Books Magazine April 17, 2017
Deepak Unnikrishnan’s explosive debut novel Temporary People, a dystopian portrayal of life of Malayalis in the Gulf, has got rave reviews abroad and he is being hailed as the fresh, young voice in fiction. Here, first excerpts from the exceptional book.
The Boy’s Cry That Sounds Like A Bleat
Books Magazine April 17, 2017
Travails rule the life of a shepherd who is in the bondage of a landlord. Celebrated Tamil writer Perumal Murugan revisits his thematic home of caste, class and oppression in this new edition.
Love On Wings Of Clouds
Books Magazine April 10, 2017
Srinivas Reddy’s translation serves Kalidasa’s masterpiece of pining love well. A lyrical effort seeks out the slow rhythms of the mandakranta metre.
Books Magazine April 10, 2017
Wedded to ‘liberalisation’, India has delivered its public health system to private sharks. This book is a plea to correct this terrible mistake.
A Grand City In Moonlight
Books Magazine April 10, 2017
Shahjahanabad, once among the world’s glories, is seen as a chaotic sore. Liddle attempts an image reversal through a historical retelling of its urban culture.
Wherefore Pro Patria Mori?
Books Magazine April 10, 2017
The seductions and snares of nationalism are working at many frontiers in India. Last year’s charged, open-air lectures on it at JNU are a compelling read.
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.
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