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Fearless  Nadia, The  Yazidi
Books Magazine December 25, 2017
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Nadia Murad was a Yazidi peasant girl in a small village called Kochu in northern Iraq. The ISIS attacked her village, killed almost all the men, including her six brothers, and took the women as sex slaves. Excerpt from Murad’s horrific, and courageous, memoir, The Last Girl.
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    Naina Devi’s personal journey across varied elite strata makes for a great story. So is her early talent as a thumri singer, its cessation, and its later continuation.
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    Ismat Chughtai was a doyenne of Urdu literature. These essays throw light on her fiercely original voice vis-a-vis the demands of the Progressive Movement.
A Disastrous Policy Of Direct Approach
Books Magazine December 18, 2017
Review
Fresh insights into the Sino-Indian war in Bertil Lintner’s new book are but diversions. All he does is stick close to the Indian version—a monstrous historical falsehood.
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    A 100 years back, a group of American women changed astronomy. Their story, hidden under a sexist shroud, is uncovered in this engaging book.
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    Her claim to a major role in socialist politics and self-defence in the Tehelka sting affair fills up Jaya Jaitly’s memoir. Much of it stretches credulity too.
The Russian Who Gave Much With Love
Books Magazine December 11, 2017
Review
A new biography of Gorbachev charts his career—his grand policies which he couldn’t enforce, and his concessions to the West that weren’t reciprocated
He Rode At The Head Of  Sixty Million
Books Magazine December 04, 2017
Review
An interesting addition to constitutional history throws light on Ambedkar, his life’s project on Dalit rights and his tussles with Gandhi and Patel
Parse The Word ‘Merit’
Books Magazine November 27, 2017
Review
An age-old system of privilege propels the Indian elite. Interrogating caste, colonialism and scholarship, these essays skewer the canker amidst us.
A Decade On A 70mm Screen
Books Magazine November 20, 2017
Review
The ’50s wasn’t a placid pool of idealism. In grappling with the Partition and forging a new polity, it fashioned modern India. This wide-angle view serves it well.
Panjandrum In Disorder Central
Books Magazine November 13, 2017
Review
This dark atmospheric text about Francis Newton Xavier, poet and painter, bristles with the nature of the two arts, solitude and hangers-on
March, As The Money Jingles
Books Magazine October 30, 2017
Review
Militaries have a stranglehold on the political economies of Southeast Asian nations. This superb work of research illuminates them like never before.
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    With their subtle colouring of death, caste, music and natural life, and often about women staring challenges out, Ambai’s stories whisper quotidian tales
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.
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    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.
Fearless  Nadia, The  Yazidi
Books Magazine December 25, 2017
Nadia Murad was a Yazidi peasant girl in a small village called Kochu in northern Iraq. The ISIS attacked her village, killed almost all the men, including her six brothers, and took the women as sex slaves. Excerpt from Murad’s horrific, and courageous, memoir, The Last Girl.
Songs Of Come-Hither Love
Books Magazine December 25, 2017
Naina Devi’s personal journey across varied elite strata makes for a great story. So is her early talent as a thumri singer, its cessation, and its later continuation.
Middle Parts Bleed As Much
Books Magazine December 25, 2017
Ismat Chughtai was a doyenne of Urdu literature. These essays throw light on her fiercely original voice vis-a-vis the demands of the Progressive Movement.
A Disastrous Policy Of Direct Approach
Books Magazine December 18, 2017
Fresh insights into the Sino-Indian war in Bertil Lintner’s new book are but diversions. All he does is stick close to the Indian version—a monstrous historical falsehood.
The Stars Have Cast Light
Books Magazine December 18, 2017
A 100 years back, a group of American women changed astronomy. Their story, hidden under a sexist shroud, is uncovered in this engaging book.
Maverick In Pretty Handloom
Books Magazine December 18, 2017
Her claim to a major role in socialist politics and self-defence in the Tehelka sting affair fills up Jaya Jaitly’s memoir. Much of it stretches credulity too.
The Russian Who Gave Much With Love
Books Magazine December 11, 2017
A new biography of Gorbachev charts his career—his grand policies which he couldn’t enforce, and his concessions to the West that weren’t reciprocated
We Are Cut From This Fabric
Books Magazine December 11, 2017
The trading economy of Indian cotton and its colonial destruction are described well in this journey. It’s in its recent miles that there are gaps.
Leader With A Smooth Take-Off
Books Magazine December 11, 2017
A doting biography from a wife charts Rajesh Pilot’s life. Yet as regards some high points of his political life, this is a curiously incomplete account.
He Rode At The Head Of  Sixty Million
Books Magazine December 04, 2017
An interesting addition to constitutional history throws light on Ambedkar, his life’s project on Dalit rights and his tussles with Gandhi and Patel
Raise High The Roofbeam
Books Magazine December 04, 2017
Ruchi Ram Sahni was an iconoclast who tirelessly attacked social evils and colonialism. His personal odyssey through pre-Partition Punjab is a treasure.
A Divine Finger Pointed At Him
Books Magazine December 04, 2017
A bright provincial boy gets cozened into being a godman, swings into the spirit of the pelf-and-power ring and then, inexplicably, gives it up all
Parse The Word ‘Merit’
Books Magazine November 27, 2017
An age-old system of privilege propels the Indian elite. Interrogating caste, colonialism and scholarship, these essays skewer the canker amidst us.
Man Of War, Soldier Of Peace
Books Magazine November 27, 2017
Shimon Peres’s dream of reconciliation with Palestinians amid silent guns lies crushed. But resolving that main issue is integral to the Zionist dream.
Villages Beyond The Railhead
Books Magazine November 27, 2017
An anthology of Indian stories picks gems from the hinterland, where old hungers meet new needs and where the possessed react to modern standards
A Decade On A 70mm Screen
Books Magazine November 20, 2017
The ’50s wasn’t a placid pool of idealism. In grappling with the Partition and forging a new polity, it fashioned modern India. This wide-angle view serves it well.
This Is Being Sent Upstairs
Books Magazine November 20, 2017
Sardesai’s playing XI is unrealistic, the subject’s stories familiar. Only when he dons the garb of a journalist do the stories yield extra spin and bite.
An Actor Prepared In Wasseypur
Books Magazine November 20, 2017
Some subtlety would have spared Nawaz the blushes, but this is about a sensitive man, pummelled by relentless humiliation, finally breaking out
Panjandrum In Disorder Central
Books Magazine November 13, 2017
This dark atmospheric text about Francis Newton Xavier, poet and painter, bristles with the nature of the two arts, solitude and hangers-on
Line Of Ineffectual Control
Books Magazine November 13, 2017
More than Mortimer Durand’s arbitrary line that sliced the Pashtun homeland, this valuable book, anti-colonial in tone, is an account of the Great Game
Nataraja’s Artificial Intelligence
Books Magazine November 13, 2017
The way we’re going, machines will take over. Out of this old sci-fi hat, Dan Brown fashions a scintillating adventure with AI jostling with religion.
March, As The Money Jingles
Books Magazine October 30, 2017
Militaries have a stranglehold on the political economies of Southeast Asian nations. This superb work of research illuminates them like never before.
A Deep, Light Dolore
Books Magazine October 30, 2017
With their subtle colouring of death, caste, music and natural life, and often about women staring challenges out, Ambai’s stories whisper quotidian tales
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.
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