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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
In Jail And In Court, They Defer To Americans
Books Magazine August 07, 2017
Review
The Raymond Davis affair shows the uniqueness of US-Pakistan ties: distrustful, yet accommodating. Davis’s own weak account skirts the issues which roiled relations.
  • Review
    Pattanaik takes each verse of the Hanuman Chalisa, unpacks it, then brilliantly links it to other stories and ideas across the vast sea of Hinduism
  • Review
    Amid a young Indian’s notches on his American bedposts and flashes of life back in Bihar, Amitava Kumar floods his novel with studious ephemera
  • Review
    There is a new surge in the blood-soaked period we call Partition. A new novel plays to stereotypes, but captures the confused terror and panic well.
Degrees Of Touchiness
Books Magazine July 31, 2017
Review
Gandhi unfurled his radical plans against rampant caste prejudice and untouchability shrewdly. Kolge’s lucid study is a brilliant analytical effort.
Notes From A Tail Gunner’s Diary
Books Magazine July 24, 2017
Excerpt
In 1990, the Pressler Amendment blocked arms sales to Pakistan. Its author, Senator Larry Pressler, writes in this book about the makings of US foreign policy in those years, the stranglehold US lobbyists have over nations and the competing claims of India and Pakistan. Excerpts:
Drinking From A False Glory
Books Magazine July 17, 2017
Review
K.M. Munshi’s fiction did much to fashion a rigid Gujarati stand on history and identity. This novel, barring a new introduction, has little literary merit.
Augustus Loses To Iron Lady
Books Magazine July 10, 2017
Review
Can an age-old phenomenon like globalisation ever be whittled down to ten lives? Garten’s brave sally has excellent sketches, but is a partial account.
Nothing Is In Soft Focus
Books Magazine July 03, 2017
Review
One of India’s first female film editors, Patil’s story, shorn of self-pity, weaves personal and professional life and is also about breaking barriers
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    The great Qurratulain Hyder could be wonderfully gossipy yet notoriously tetchy. Jameel Akhtar brings out the real person, her world and her creations.
  • Review
    Lord Jagannatha’s Ratha Yatra is one of the great ritual showpieces in Hinduism. This meticulous study lists all, but leaves out the fascinating history.
So Then, What’ve You Seen?
Books Magazine June 26, 2017
Review
Nadeem Aslam’s novelistic Lahore bristles with rage, hatred and a demonic energy, taking a magnifying glass to Pakistan’s faultlines
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    The horrific excess of the Inquisition in Goa is fertile ground for a writer. But this Konkani novel is an error-prone travesty at best.
  • Review
    Arresting imagery and details bolster Salim’s realistic, sensual portrayal of the opposite pulls of small and big town life, as the Grim Reaper waits patiently
Trysts Under The Deodars
Books Magazine June 19, 2017
Extract
A stolidly varied ‘Indian’ background, swirling passions in liberal Mussoorie, his parents’ courtship, his prompt arrival and Granny’s house—snatches from an old foxtrot
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    Zahir Dehlvi isn’t a very reliable narrator, but his memoir describes the Mutiny in Delhi vividly. This is a loose translation of an important source.
  • Review
    Paleo-biologist Hope Jahren is at hand to show the wonder that is a tree. Among the thick foliage hangs the story of her struggle as a scientist.
  • Review
    Edouard Louis’s brutalising in his rough, provincial France has a direct connect to its right-wing rage. This is not charmingly evocative, but clinical.
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.
In Jail And In Court, They Defer To Americans
Books Magazine August 07, 2017
The Raymond Davis affair shows the uniqueness of US-Pakistan ties: distrustful, yet accommodating. Davis’s own weak account skirts the issues which roiled relations.
Behold The Mighty Forty
Books Magazine August 07, 2017
Pattanaik takes each verse of the Hanuman Chalisa, unpacks it, then brilliantly links it to other stories and ideas across the vast sea of Hinduism
Lessons Of Amorous Sentiment
Books Magazine August 07, 2017
Amid a young Indian’s notches on his American bedposts and flashes of life back in Bihar, Amitava Kumar floods his novel with studious ephemera
Remember The Road Taken
Books Magazine August 07, 2017
There is a new surge in the blood-soaked period we call Partition. A new novel plays to stereotypes, but captures the confused terror and panic well.
Degrees Of Touchiness
Books Magazine July 31, 2017
Gandhi unfurled his radical plans against rampant caste prejudice and untouchability shrewdly. Kolge’s lucid study is a brilliant analytical effort.
Hunger Is A Political Game
Books Magazine July 31, 2017
Sindhi nationalism predates the call for Pakistan, but was brutally suppressed later. Pakistan’s youngest political prisoner was part of it.
Morning Tea At Mughalsarai
Books Magazine July 31, 2017
The story of the Indian railways is braided with that of modernity itself. Its immense socio-cultural importance is superbly laid out in this book.
Notes From A Tail Gunner’s Diary
Books Magazine July 24, 2017
In 1990, the Pressler Amendment blocked arms sales to Pakistan. Its author, Senator Larry Pressler, writes in this book about the makings of US foreign policy in those years, the stranglehold US lobbyists have over nations and the competing claims of India and Pakistan. Excerpts:
Did Marie Curie Love Pink?
Books Magazine July 24, 2017
Society judged women’s scientific temperament harshly. This book explains the latest science—spurious and convincing—that hovers around the old bias.
Customs Of The Country
Books Magazine July 24, 2017
A father and a son fall out over the treatment of the cook; a sloth bear and its owner make another tale. These inter-connected stories are a pleasure to read.
‘We Meet People. There Was No Cosy Talk (With Sasikala)’
Books Magazine July 24, 2017
Why Scams Are Here To Stay the book, The Hindu's group chairman N. Ram says, is an attempt to “understand what kind of animal corruption is in India”.
Drinking From A False Glory
Books Magazine July 17, 2017
K.M. Munshi’s fiction did much to fashion a rigid Gujarati stand on history and identity. This novel, barring a new introduction, has little literary merit.
The Heavens Poured Poison
Books Magazine July 17, 2017
Pesticides sprayed from above destroyed lives in the hills of Kasargod. This novel borrows from myth and magical realism to convey that real horror.
Thinly Spread Across Seasons
Books Magazine July 17, 2017
India is grossly under-policed and the force is badly used. Balachandran has suggestions, including that of a central police with all-India jurisdiction.
Augustus Loses To Iron Lady
Books Magazine July 10, 2017
Can an age-old phenomenon like globalisation ever be whittled down to ten lives? Garten’s brave sally has excellent sketches, but is a partial account.
Brush Dipped In Passion
Books Magazine July 10, 2017
The Sri Lankan modernist George Keyt led a bohemian life. In art, he was as voracious, being influenced by medieval Indian painting, as also Cubism.
It Rings For Shakuntala
Books Magazine July 10, 2017
Wendy Doniger looks into the trope of jewellery that occurs so prolifically in myth, literature and culture and ties it to a wellspring of desire and eroticism
Nothing Is In Soft Focus
Books Magazine July 03, 2017
One of India’s first female film editors, Patil’s story, shorn of self-pity, weaves personal and professional life and is also about breaking barriers
This Well-Travelled Beauty
Books Magazine July 03, 2017
The great Qurratulain Hyder could be wonderfully gossipy yet notoriously tetchy. Jameel Akhtar brings out the real person, her world and her creations.
The Pilgrims’ Progress
Books Magazine July 03, 2017
Lord Jagannatha’s Ratha Yatra is one of the great ritual showpieces in Hinduism. This meticulous study lists all, but leaves out the fascinating history.
So Then, What’ve You Seen?
Books Magazine June 26, 2017
Nadeem Aslam’s novelistic Lahore bristles with rage, hatred and a demonic energy, taking a magnifying glass to Pakistan’s faultlines
Castel Figredi Wasn’t There
Books Magazine June 26, 2017
The horrific excess of the Inquisition in Goa is fertile ground for a writer. But this Konkani novel is an error-prone travesty at best.
Death Be Not Proud
Books Magazine June 26, 2017
Arresting imagery and details bolster Salim’s realistic, sensual portrayal of the opposite pulls of small and big town life, as the Grim Reaper waits patiently
Trysts Under The Deodars
Books Magazine June 19, 2017
A stolidly varied ‘Indian’ background, swirling passions in liberal Mussoorie, his parents’ courtship, his prompt arrival and Granny’s house—snatches from an old foxtrot
On Blackened Marblestones
Books Magazine June 19, 2017
Zahir Dehlvi isn’t a very reliable narrator, but his memoir describes the Mutiny in Delhi vividly. This is a loose translation of an important source.
Behind The Golden Boughs
Books Magazine June 19, 2017
Paleo-biologist Hope Jahren is at hand to show the wonder that is a tree. Among the thick foliage hangs the story of her struggle as a scientist.
Waist-Deep Mud At The Somme
Books Magazine June 19, 2017
Edouard Louis’s brutalising in his rough, provincial France has a direct connect to its right-wing rage. This is not charmingly evocative, but clinical.
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