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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
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.
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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.
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.
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