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10 Books On Gay Love You Must Read

10 Books On Gay Love You Must Read

Gay love and its various shades - here's a list of 10 books one can pick from.

07 January 2022
Without Malice Towards None: A Peek Into Shashi Tharoor’s World

Without Malice Towards None: A Peek Into Shashi Tharoor’s World

Pride, Prejudice and Punditry gives an insight into the Congress leader’s mind through essays and stories

12 January 2022

Revivalist Intervention: A Roadmap For A New Way Of Imagining Our Past

In Great Hindu Civilisation, Pavan K. Varma says academic elite is leading judgements on Hinduism without making an effort to understand the intricacies of the...

For Better Or For Verse: Sanjeev Sethi’s Hesitancies Captures The Dystopian Post-pandemic World

For Better Or For Verse: Sanjeev Sethi’s Hesitancies Captures The Dystopian Post-pandemic World

Sharp as bullets and soft as silk, the poems touch each reader variously.

12 January 2022

Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Master Of St. Petersburg

Looking back at the life and works of the Russian author Dostoevsky born this week 200 years ago.

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11 January 2022
Women Who Wear Only Themselves: A Brilliant Tale Of Carving A Spiritual Path

Women Who Wear Only Themselves: A Brilliant Tale Of Carving A Spiritual Path

Mystical experiences lead to the path to self-knowledge and truth. This book profiles four women who walked that way.


11 January 2022
An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

People see elephant conservation in isolation. Sanjeev Kumar Chadha’s data rich book explains the challenges posed by human-elephant conflict and...


11 January 2022
Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

In this concluding volume of his sympathetic biography of the RSS icon, Vikram Sampath focuses on the Hindu Mahasabha’s role in the freedom movement and the...


11 January 2022
Freeze Frames: A Wanted Dacoit, A Fading Dhrupad Legend And Smouldering Ayodhya

Freeze Frames: A Wanted Dacoit, A Fading Dhrupad Legend And Smouldering Ayodhya

The stories behind some of the most iconic photographs by Prashant Panjiar.


11 January 2022
Chronicler With A  Movie Camera

Chronicler With A Movie Camera

Romila Thapar’s account of a 1957 journey to ancient Buddhist sites in China, across swathes of Silk Route territory and modern cities, comprises both...


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11 January 2022
How The Past Speaks

How The Past Speaks

An itinerant, evocative tour of archaeological sites attempts, through astute reflection, to reshape the idea of India


11 January 2022
Not Their Land: A Lesson In Raj Chicanery

Not Their Land: A Lesson In Raj Chicanery

In this excerpt from his new book, Manu S. Pillai recounts how the British, through deceit and ill will, tried to unseat the ruler of Baroda. When their plot...


11 January 2022
Hari Pulakkat’s Brilliant Book Weaves In Anecdotal Stories About Doyens Of Modern Indian Science

Hari Pulakkat’s Brilliant Book Weaves In Anecdotal Stories About Doyens Of Modern Indian Science

Not just scientific facts and concepts, Pulakkat weaves in anecdotal stories of the doyens of modern Indian science. Tales of their struggles make this a...


11 January 2022
A Shape-Shifting Novel Which Reveals Identity And Nationalism To Be In A Flux

A Shape-Shifting Novel Which Reveals Identity And Nationalism To Be In A Flux

In this shape-shifting novel with a gallery of characters who don’t fit in fully, old certitudes like identity and nationalism are revealed to be in a flux


11 January 2022
Crouching Tigers

Crouching Tigers

Ghee Bowman brings to light the forgotten story of an Indian force’s role in the Battle of France and their fighting withdrawal through Dunkirk. In this...


11 January 2022
Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

This book presents a wealth of detail, digging deep into the murky crypts of the RAW and ISI. In the final analysis, it’s inauthentic and unconvincing.


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11 January 2022
Eastern Disturbances

Eastern Disturbances

A former foreign service officer recounts the circumstances around Sikkim’s merger with India, as seen by him in close quarters


11 January 2022
Author Paul Pickering’s Elephant: Felt With A Trunk

Author Paul Pickering’s Elephant: Felt With A Trunk

In a narrative arc sweeping from Tsarist and revolutionary Russia to New York émigrés in 2020 and a boy and his fantastical elephant, Pickering connects the...


11 January 2022
Algorithms Of Eternity

Algorithms Of Eternity

Boston fratboys, coding, start-up spiritual dreams and social media obsession—Tahmima Anam gets up to speed


11 January 2022
Deception: The Face Value

Deception: The Face Value

This survey of how India and China conduct its diplomatic manouevres charts the early days of Indian naivety to the gradual maturing of a hardened realpolitik


11 January 2022
Characters In Mandarin

Characters In Mandarin

Bajpai takes a wide-angle lens to India-China ties, examining power imbalance, mutual suspicion and the US’ role in it. Kewalramani studies growing Chinese...


11 January 2022
A Miniature’s Hidden Figures

A Miniature’s Hidden Figures

In this astute analysis, Dara’s popular image is replaced by a man influenced by complex political-religious pulls typical of his age


11 January 2022
Call Them Geniuses

Call Them Geniuses

Unpublished stories, translations, rare sketches and a screenplay—three generations of Rays shine with undimmed radiance


11 January 2022
Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Novel Is A Journey Across Time And Countries

Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Novel Is A Journey Across Time And Countries

Through a narrator cut adrift in a nameless Italian town, Jhumpa Lahiri approaches her old concerns from a fresh angle


11 January 2022
No Land’s People Is An Important Document On Assam’s NRC Mess

No Land’s People Is An Important Document On Assam’s NRC Mess

This book, while depicting the pain and suffering of those left out of Assam’s NRC, establishes official arguments and figures as fallacious


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10 Books On Gay Love You Must Read

Gay love and its various shades - here's a list of 10 books one can pick from.

07 January 2022

Without Malice Towards None: A Peek Into Shashi Tharoor’s World

Pride, Prejudice and Punditry gives an insight into the Congress leader’s mind through essays and stories

12 January 2022

Revivalist Intervention: A Roadmap For A New Way Of Imagining Our Past

In Great Hindu Civilisation, Pavan K. Varma says academic elite is leading judgements on Hinduism without making an effort to understand the intricacies of the religion itself.

12 January 2022

For Better Or For Verse: Sanjeev Sethi’s Hesitancies Captures The Dystopian Post-pandemic World

Sharp as bullets and soft as silk, the poems touch each reader variously.

12 January 2022
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