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Book Excerpt | The Expiation: Travails Of A Young Widow

Book Excerpt | The Expiation: Travails Of A Young Widow

Translated from the bestselling Bengali novel Narach, Chronicles of the Lost Daughters captures the glory and decadence of late nineteenth-century colonial Bengal. The story of a widow, Bhubonmoni, it features historical figures such as Nawab Wajid Ali Shah...

13 June 2022
Book Excerpt | Legacy: How Monohar Parrikar Missed His Chance At Greatness

Book Excerpt | Legacy: How Monohar Parrikar Missed His Chance At Greatness

‘Legacy’, the last chapter of An Extraordinary Life, Parrikar’s biography published by Penguin Random House India and authored by Sadguru Patil and...

11 June 2022

Book Excerpt | ‘Biswas Will Never Speak About Her’: The Real Story Of A Tribal Khasi Woman

The death of Wajiri did not make it to the local news, nor did the police check on her disappearance. It was just another case, a statistic best forgotten.

Fiction: Caste A Long Shadow

Fiction: Caste A Long Shadow

Translated from the groundbreaking Tamil novel Pasitha Manidam (1978), Hungry Humans is set in the conservative and caste-conscious temple town of Kumbakonam...

28 May 2022

Short Story: Breeding Machine

They’re my children who experienced the warmth of my womb for nine months. Today, I can’t even say they’re mine. They’re Raja Khan’s children. Not...

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22 May 2022
Book Excerpt: The Shadow On The Wall

Book Excerpt: The Shadow On The Wall

Ruskin Bond, India’s best-loved author, turned 88 on May 19. He recollects a spooky incident that happened during his days as a struggling freelance writer...


16 May 2022
Malkha - Redefining Khadi

Malkha - Redefining Khadi

Hyderabad based Malkha Project has built a decentralised, sustainable, field-to-fabric cotton textile chain, collectively owned and managed by the primary...


14 May 2022
Book Excerpt: Black Is The Colour Of Death

Book Excerpt: Black Is The Colour Of Death

It must be difficult, having to worry if you could die honourably, if you could die with dignity, not asking, not begging, for the pain to stop. For if you...


23 April 2022
How Khivi,Wife of Sikh Guru Angad Dev, Helped Establish The Tradition of 'Langar'

How Khivi,Wife of Sikh Guru Angad Dev, Helped Establish The Tradition of 'Langar'

Khivi stepped out of the limited boundaries of the domestic and used her culinary, and organizational and managerial skills to set up and run the langar, where...


16 April 2022
Book Excerpt: Why India Is A Misfit In 'Quad 2', The Quadrilateral Alliance To Counter China

Book Excerpt: Why India Is A Misfit In 'Quad 2', The Quadrilateral Alliance To Counter China

There is no strategic interest that actually binds the quartet comprising the US, Japan, Australia and India. The Biden administration, under pressure from...


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14 April 2022
New Phase in Dalit Politics: Crisis or Regeneration?

New Phase in Dalit Politics: Crisis or Regeneration?

The fragmentation within the Dalit community and the divisive strategies of mobilization used by the BJP has increased the vote share of the saffron party....


16 April 2022
How Bimal Roy’s Film ‘Madhumati’  Treats Fear As A Subject And Effect

How Bimal Roy’s Film ‘Madhumati’  Treats Fear As A Subject And Effect

The film, a Gothic tale of love and redemption, seeks to evoke the feelings of dread not through characters or plots but through crucial genre-defining/defying...


06 April 2022
Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits — Claims Versus Reality

Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits — Claims Versus Reality

The atrocities on the Pandits in the Valley were publicised well. On many occasions, reports about such violence bordered on exaggeration.


03 April 2022
Book Excerpt: How We Have Embraced Mental Illness As A Family

Book Excerpt: How We Have Embraced Mental Illness As A Family

My husband Amit is my best friend, philosopher and guide. When we got married, our varied backgrounds led many to speculate that our marriage may not work....


03 April 2022
Book Review: Karma by Sadhguru

Book Review: Karma by Sadhguru

The book informs us that one cannot escape the consequences of our bad Karma. No one will partake in sharing such consequences as well


02 April 2022
Book Excerpt: The Chase For India’s First Computers

Book Excerpt: The Chase For India’s First Computers

Scientist and statistician P.C. Mahalanobis had a deep faith in the computer’s ability to transform economic management. He first saw a digital computer in...


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11 April 2022
Monpas, The Sturdy Highlanders Of The Eastern Himalayas

Monpas, The Sturdy Highlanders Of The Eastern Himalayas

An excerpt from the book Monpas: Buddhists of the High Himalayas. Monyul is their land. They live in a challenging environment in which their small, close-knit...


27 March 2022
Book Excerpt | Khanjar-e-Ishq: A Filmi Kahani

Book Excerpt | Khanjar-e-Ishq: A Filmi Kahani

A story of love and fetish, suffering and survival that unfolds across the scarred landscape of a bruised relationship.


26 March 2022
Book Excerpt: Amrita Pritam's Silent Love For Sahir Ludhianvi

Book Excerpt: Amrita Pritam's Silent Love For Sahir Ludhianvi

In her writings and her life, the first prominent female Punjabi poet of the twentieth century leaves behind a legacy for women writers in India which urges...


20 March 2022
Book Excerpt: Interpreter Of Maladies

Book Excerpt: Interpreter Of Maladies

Nirmal explains depression and anxiety both — the lows and the jitters — but I don’t remember what she says exactly. I just nod at the words that filter...


13 March 2022
Book Excerpt: How HD Deve Gowda Wrestled With Vajpayee And His Mask 

Book Excerpt: How HD Deve Gowda Wrestled With Vajpayee And His Mask 

Vajpayee was about grandstanding; Gowda was about trench fights. One was a Brahmin and another a Shudra, and the perception about them, their refinements and...


12 March 2022
Book Excerpt: Understanding Between Unequals

Book Excerpt: Understanding Between Unequals

The seventh novel by the celebrated author of ‘English, August: An Indian Story’, which satirised India’s bumbling bureaucracy, is a crime thriller that...


08 March 2022
Food Historian Chitrita Banerji Recalls a Beloved Bengali Dish

Food Historian Chitrita Banerji Recalls a Beloved Bengali Dish

What stood out above all the expensive fish and meat was her mochar ghanto, a fragrant dish consisting of banana blossom, or mocha


06 March 2022
Book Excerpt: How Ravi Shankar’s Promiscuity Ruined His Marriage With Annapurna Devi

Book Excerpt: How Ravi Shankar’s Promiscuity Ruined His Marriage With Annapurna Devi

The story of the famously reclusive surbahar ((bass sitar) player, who was hailed as a virtuoso and was poised to be star, but erased herself from the public...


27 February 2022
The Mona Lisa Effect In Gulzar’s Writings On Soil And Society

The Mona Lisa Effect In Gulzar’s Writings On Soil And Society

‘The Moonsmith Gulzar’ by Shailja Chandra revolves around Gulzar’s writings on some of the greatest themes of existence. It is a homage to the way he...


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