Deepak Unnikrishnan’s explosive debut novel Temporary People, a dystopian portrayal of life of Malayalis in the Gulf, has got rave reviews abroad and he is being hailed as the fresh, young voice in fiction. Here, first excerpts from the exceptional book.
Travails rule the life of a shepherd who is in the bondage of a landlord. Celebrated Tamil writer Perumal Murugan revisits his thematic home of caste, class and oppression in this new edition.
Srinivas Reddy’s translation serves Kalidasa’s masterpiece of pining love well. A lyrical effort seeks out the slow rhythms of the mandakranta metre.
Wedded to ‘liberalisation’, India has delivered its public health system to private sharks. This book is a plea to correct this terrible mistake.
Shahjahanabad, once among the world’s glories, is seen as a chaotic sore. Liddle attempts an image reversal through a historical retelling of its urban culture.
The seductions and snares of nationalism are working at many frontiers in India. Last year’s charged, open-air lectures on it at JNU are a compelling read.
A gimlet-eyed Gulzar deals with intolerance, a gloating media, persistent injustices, and a failed national project. All are skewered in startling imagery.
A.C.N. Nambiar was Azad Hind envoy in Nazi Germany, an associate of Bose and Nehru and later a diplomat. His glittering life has been told at last.
An able administrator, Sreedharan was a stickler for integrity, efficiency and good business practices. This non-eulogistic account serves us well.
A Pakistani immigrant family returns to Karachi from Chicago. For the children, it’s a bewildering can of worms, as well as a sentimental education.
This slim novel stews in the passionate juice of wronged love. The protagonist, symbolically wedded to deep Krishna love, rages on.
Jinnah’s fateful marriage to the vivacious Ruttie, tangled with the turmoil of nationalist politics—is a story of gripping pathos. It is told brilliantly here.
An accessible book tells of Newton’s perfect theory, its sole blemish, the centuries-long search for the planet ‘Vulcan’ and the problem’s final solution by Einstein
The irrepressible Kohli and BCCI reforms may have pole positions, but the Wisden India Almanack is crammed with tasty cricketing treats
From being the West’s trusted ally, Pakistan is now condemned for its duplicitous state policy. This book looks at its recent, tangled history.
The railway strike of 1974 raised hopes by championing solidarity. Yet, as hundreds were hit in the reprisals, its leaders helplessly let the initiative pass.
Mata Hari was modernity’s first exotic beauty and celebrity. Her tragic, dignified life has now inspired the best-selling Paulo Coelho.
Setalvad’s indefatigable fight for justice for the victims of communal riots takes precedence in this memoir over her personal life
The timeless hills, the brooks and forests, the creatures that inhabit them and the small stories of innocents among them carry a whiff of old India
The following excerpt from Sheela Reddy's new book gives a glimpse into the dynamics of the relationship shared by Mr and Mrs Jinnah...
Managing China through Pakistan, while keeping the border peaceful, is held up as India’s goal. That, and acquiring more military muscle.
Varied ideas line up, but never freeze into formations. That isn’t the mission either. After all, dance keeps evolving all the time.
Very few have heard of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, which was an integral part of the INA. Fewer still, have heard of the extraordinary stories of the women who made up the regiment.
These excerpts from 'A Life In Shadow: The Secret Story of ACN Nambiar' by Vappla Balachandran, it is revealed how much Bose depended on Nambiar aka Nanu when he was in Europe in the charged atmosphere just before World War II
Perumal Murugan raised a storm two years ago by ‘committing literary suicide’ in a Facebook post, as his book One-Part Woman was attacked by caste-Hindu groups. Here he talks about Jallikattu and the writer’s relationship with everyday politics.
The fascinating world of Akhtar’s fiction opens to the English-reading world with this book
Making sense of the origins of the global contemporary; an age of perpetual 'civil war'