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Development At Extreme Close Up
Books Magazine October 23, 2017
Review
Jholawala Dreze’s ‘research for action’ gets close to the people at the end of public policy. These essays urge greater collaboration between activists and economists.
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    The advent of television spawned the first of the ads that were truly Indian in flavour. Pops Sridhar looks at the iconic ones that triggered our common dreams.
  • Review
    Within its slim girth, Manu Joseph’s new novel manages a bilious survey of things held dear in India, including bearded overlords and an ageing crime
Lady With The Stalin Organ
Books Magazine October 16, 2017
Review
Alone among WWII belligerents, Soviet women saw frontline action. Their voices, stifled for long by a disparaging state, speak eloquently.
A Novel Catches The Bus To Wagah
Books Magazine October 09, 2017
Borderless Words
Indian publishers are fertile ground for most ­Pakistani writers who have few options back home
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    Rushdie’s layered peek into a New York crime family includes half a universe—from Bombay to Brecht, from Kangana to Borges and from jazz to Aadhaar
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    Thin on patient detail and emotional heft, Pamuk’s hero rushes from scene to scene. Major questions are asked, but they don’t illuminate our readerly selves.
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    An old spy is called up, and an almost cold case dug up. It’s back behind the dreaded curtain in central Europe, against the cold steel of the Stasi.
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    For a book set during the times of Rajendra Chola, Empire teems with the most ghastly anachronisms. Yet it tells an engaging story with some verve.
Fasana Of A Fragrant Guldasta
Books Magazine October 02, 2017
Review
Not only is this excellent collection a roster of the greats, it’s also a diachronic run through the Urdu short story from its earliest years
He Does It Without Boasting
Books Magazine September 25, 2017
Review
In this collection of recent material, a master foreteller of economic phenomena dazzles with his unpacking of the complex interplay between polity and finance
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    Except on our ties with West Asia and jehadi terror, Saran’s lucid account correctly details our national interests, with an advocacy of a multi-polar world
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    Every step of the way to Arunachal is weighted down by older or later colonial history. Once there, this travelogue springs into lush, joyous life.
Boatmen Wait On The Banks Of The Indus
Books Magazine September 18, 2017
Review
Gracious in person, Abdul Sattar’s bilious pen spills an anti-India screed—a lesson in ‘national identity’. Yet it shows how a path of reconciliation can be cut through the shrillness.
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    Homen Borgohain’s short fiction breathes the Assamese way of life in vivid detail. In background and versatile characterisation, they are enduring gems.
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    The enigmatic MGR understood the masses and was loved in return. But, as this biography shows, he was not blameless, and sowed the seeds of future discord.
No Space For A Cigarette Trick
Books Magazine September 11, 2017
Review
Short accounts of the four cinemas of the South discuss threadbare the caste and political realities underpinning them. Only, a colossus is missed.
Word, Image...And Word
Books Magazine September 04, 2017
Review
The protean M.T. Vasudevan Nair also shaped cinematic imagination in India. The dialogue between his stories and screenplays here is stimulating.
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    The discovery, use, abuse and conservation of monuments and generations of scholarly work on them are discussed threadbare in this only book of its kind
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    India’s foreign policy—from Nehru’s multi-faceted non-alignment to today’s global ambition—is analysed through the prism of heritage and key individuals
Strange Fruit On Tamarind Trees
Books Magazine August 28, 2017
Book Excerpt
K.G. Satyamurthy, author Sujatha Gidla's uncle, was a young rebel in the '46-51 Telangana uprising. In this excerpt, Satya plunges right into the struggle.
In The Continuous Battlefield
Books Magazine August 14, 2017
Review
The first Dalit novel in Oriya is also a clash of generational views—education and radical action as an armature and counter to prejudice
Development At Extreme Close Up
Books Magazine October 23, 2017
Jholawala Dreze’s ‘research for action’ gets close to the people at the end of public policy. These essays urge greater collaboration between activists and economists.
That Waterfall We Bathed In
Books Magazine October 23, 2017
The advent of television spawned the first of the ads that were truly Indian in flavour. Pops Sridhar looks at the iconic ones that triggered our common dreams.
Beware The Highwaymen
Books Magazine October 23, 2017
Within its slim girth, Manu Joseph’s new novel manages a bilious survey of things held dear in India, including bearded overlords and an ageing crime
Lady With The Stalin Organ
Books Magazine October 16, 2017
Alone among WWII belligerents, Soviet women saw frontline action. Their voices, stifled for long by a disparaging state, speak eloquently.
Why Do Tigers’ Tails Twitch?
Books Magazine October 16, 2017
A new economic history of Asia springs forth on several daring proposals. Annual visitors to Tokyo’s Yasukuni shrine will be most pleased, though.
The Flaneur Outpaces A Tram
Books Magazine October 16, 2017
Calcutta—city of broken dreams and of crusty, magnetic charm. A young hack’s progress through its florid past and dented present winks at death itself.
A Novel Catches The Bus To Wagah
Books Magazine October 09, 2017
Indian publishers are fertile ground for most ­Pakistani writers who have few options back home
Where Nick Carraway Meets Apu
Books Magazine October 09, 2017
Rushdie’s layered peek into a New York crime family includes half a universe—from Bombay to Brecht, from Kangana to Borges and from jazz to Aadhaar
Oedipus Backwards
Books Magazine October 09, 2017
Thin on patient detail and emotional heft, Pamuk’s hero rushes from scene to scene. Major questions are asked, but they don’t illuminate our readerly selves.
In A Coven Of Spymasters
Books Magazine October 09, 2017
An old spy is called up, and an almost cold case dug up. It’s back behind the dreaded curtain in central Europe, against the cold steel of the Stasi.
History’s Forgotten Nuts
Books Magazine October 09, 2017
For a book set during the times of Rajendra Chola, Empire teems with the most ghastly anachronisms. Yet it tells an engaging story with some verve.
Fasana Of A Fragrant Guldasta
Books Magazine October 02, 2017
Not only is this excellent collection a roster of the greats, it’s also a diachronic run through the Urdu short story from its earliest years
Thirteen Pillars Of Wisdom
Books Magazine October 02, 2017
A turn of the seasons and turn of characters mark the gentle passage of time in rural Midlands. It shows that the pastoral English novel is in rude health.
He Does It Without Boasting
Books Magazine September 25, 2017
In this collection of recent material, a master foreteller of economic phenomena dazzles with his unpacking of the complex interplay between polity and finance
Looking Out The Window
Books Magazine September 25, 2017
Except on our ties with West Asia and jehadi terror, Saran’s lucid account correctly details our national interests, with an advocacy of a multi-polar world
Into The Valley Of Life On A Hero
Books Magazine September 25, 2017
Every step of the way to Arunachal is weighted down by older or later colonial history. Once there, this travelogue springs into lush, joyous life.
Boatmen Wait On The Banks Of The Indus
Books Magazine September 18, 2017
Gracious in person, Abdul Sattar’s bilious pen spills an anti-India screed—a lesson in ‘national identity’. Yet it shows how a path of reconciliation can be cut through the shrillness.
Daughters Of Brahmaputra
Books Magazine September 18, 2017
Homen Borgohain’s short fiction breathes the Assamese way of life in vivid detail. In background and versatile characterisation, they are enduring gems.
Yet, His Eyes Never Met Theirs
Books Magazine September 18, 2017
The enigmatic MGR understood the masses and was loved in return. But, as this biography shows, he was not blameless, and sowed the seeds of future discord.
No Space For A Cigarette Trick
Books Magazine September 11, 2017
Short accounts of the four cinemas of the South discuss threadbare the caste and political realities underpinning them. Only, a colossus is missed.
When The Devil Wore Feldgrau
Books Magazine September 11, 2017
English fiction makes a rare rendezvous with the eastern front in WWII. This journey through a corner of occupied Ukraine is a harrowing one.
It Takes A Quake To Tango
Books Magazine September 11, 2017
The old Liberal Order is under great stress from global economic convulsions. Desai runs through the past century to provide its socio-political context.
Word, Image...And Word
Books Magazine September 04, 2017
The protean M.T. Vasudevan Nair also shaped cinematic imagination in India. The dialogue between his stories and screenplays here is stimulating.
The Edifice That We Were
Books Magazine September 04, 2017
The discovery, use, abuse and conservation of monuments and generations of scholarly work on them are discussed threadbare in this only book of its kind
Stomach For A Bigger Slice
Books Magazine September 04, 2017
India’s foreign policy—from Nehru’s multi-faceted non-alignment to today’s global ambition—is analysed through the prism of heritage and key individuals
Strange Fruit On Tamarind Trees
Books Magazine August 28, 2017
K.G. Satyamurthy, author Sujatha Gidla's uncle, was a young rebel in the '46-51 Telangana uprising. In this excerpt, Satya plunges right into the struggle.
Manuscripts From The Newsroom
Books Magazine August 28, 2017
Aided by experience and publishing opportunities, journalists are penning down books like never before
A Cocoon Embroidered
Books Magazine August 28, 2017
High amidst the Karakoram, the Hunza Valley evolved its unique way of life, with crafts deeply embedded within. Their pricelessness is shown herein.
In The Continuous Battlefield
Books Magazine August 14, 2017
The first Dalit novel in Oriya is also a clash of generational views—education and radical action as an armature and counter to prejudice
Truth After A Thousand Lies
Books Magazine August 14, 2017
In today’s maelstrom of unregulated content, propaganda finds a natural disguise. Stanley’s important research looks at its well-oiled inner workings.
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