Short accounts of the four cinemas of the South discuss threadbare the caste and political realities underpinning them. Only, a colossus is missed.
English fiction makes a rare rendezvous with the eastern front in WWII. This journey through a corner of occupied Ukraine is a harrowing one.
The old Liberal Order is under great stress from global economic convulsions. Desai runs through the past century to provide its socio-political context.
The protean M.T. Vasudevan Nair also shaped cinematic imagination in India. The dialogue between his stories and screenplays here is stimulating.
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
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
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.
Aided by experience and publishing opportunities, journalists are penning down books like never before
High amidst the Karakoram, the Hunza Valley evolved its unique way of life, with crafts deeply embedded within. Their pricelessness is shown herein.
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 today’s maelstrom of unregulated content, propaganda finds a natural disguise. Stanley’s important research looks at its well-oiled inner workings.
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.
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
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
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.
Gandhi unfurled his radical plans against rampant caste prejudice and untouchability shrewdly. Kolge’s lucid study is a brilliant analytical effort.
Sindhi nationalism predates the call for Pakistan, but was brutally suppressed later. Pakistan’s youngest political prisoner was part of it.
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.
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:
Society judged women’s scientific temperament harshly. This book explains the latest science—spurious and convincing—that hovers around the old bias.
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.
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”.
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.
Pesticides sprayed from above destroyed lives in the hills of Kasargod. This novel borrows from myth and magical realism to convey that real horror.
India is grossly under-policed and the force is badly used. Balachandran has suggestions, including that of a central police with all-India jurisdiction.
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.
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.
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
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
The great Qurratulain Hyder could be wonderfully gossipy yet notoriously tetchy. Jameel Akhtar brings out the real person, her world and her creations.
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.