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Women Who Wear Only Themselves: A Brilliant Tale Of Carving A Spiritual Path

Women Who Wear Only Themselves: A Brilliant Tale Of Carving A Spiritual Path

20 October, 2021 Nandini Bhaskaran

Mystical experiences lead to the path to self-knowledge and truth. This book profiles four women who walked that way.

An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

13 October, 2021 Ananda Banerjee

People see elephant conservation in isolation. Sanjeev Kumar Chadha’s data rich book explains the challenges posed by human-elephant conflict and fragmentation of corridors and provides solutions.


Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

In this concluding volume of his sympathetic biography of the RSS icon, Vikram Sampath focuses on the Hindu Mahasabha’s role in the freedom movement and the Gandhi murder trial.

Freeze Frames: A Wanted Dacoit, A Fading Dhrupad Legend And Smouldering Ayodhya

Freeze Frames: A Wanted Dacoit, A Fading Dhrupad Legend And Smouldering Ayodhya

13 October, 2021 Prashant Panjiar

The stories behind some of the most iconic photographs by Prashant Panjiar.


Chronicler With A Movie Camera

Romila Thapar’s account of a 1957 journey to ancient Buddhist sites in China, across swathes of Silk Route territory and modern cities, comprises both visitor’s gaze and historian’s introspection. The result is time travel with a continually shifting lens.

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29 September, 2021

How The Past Speaks

Sudhirendar Sharma

An itinerant, evocative tour of archaeological sites attempts, through astute reflection, to reshape the idea of India


29 September, 2021

Not Their Land: A Lesson In Raj Chicanery

Manu S. Pillai

In this excerpt from his new book, Manu S. Pillai recounts how the British, through deceit and ill will, tried to unseat the ruler of Baroda. When their plot was picked apart by the maharaja’s British lawyer, they fell back on outright racism to have their way.


22 September, 2021

Hari Pulakkat’s Brilliant Book Weaves In Anecdotal Stories About Doyens Of Modern Indian Science

Pallava Bagla

Not just scientific facts and concepts, Pulakkat weaves in anecdotal stories of the doyens of modern Indian science. Tales of their struggles make this a valuable book.


22 September, 2021

A Shape-Shifting Novel Which Reveals Identity And Nationalism To Be In A Flux

Priya K. Nair

In this shape-shifting novel with a gallery of characters who don’t fit in fully, old certitudes like identity and nationalism are revealed to be in a flux


16 September, 2021

Crouching Tigers

Ghee Bowman

Ghee Bowman brings to light the forgotten story of an Indian force’s role in the Battle of France and their fighting withdrawal through Dunkirk. In this excerpt, individual units arrive in northern France and take their positions, awaiting the Wehrmacht onslaught.


15 September, 2021

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Vappala Balachandran

This book presents a wealth of detail, digging deep into the murky crypts of the RAW and ISI. In the final analysis, it’s inauthentic and unconvincing.


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08 September, 2021

Eastern Disturbances

Mani Shankar Aiyar

A former foreign service officer recounts the circumstances around Sikkim’s merger with India, as seen by him in close quarters


02 September, 2021

Author Paul Pickering’s Elephant: Felt With A Trunk

Bhaskar Roy

In a narrative arc sweeping from Tsarist and revolutionary Russia to New York émigrés in 2020 and a boy and his fantastical elephant, Pickering connects the picaresque with post-truth


26 August, 2021

Algorithms Of Eternity

Anjana Basu

Boston fratboys, coding, start-up spiritual dreams and social media obsession—Tahmima Anam gets up to speed


26 August, 2021

Deception: The Face Value

Dammu Ravi

This survey of how India and China conduct its diplomatic manouevres charts the early days of Indian naivety to the gradual maturing of a hardened realpolitik


19 August, 2021

Characters In Mandarin

P.S. Raghavan

Bajpai takes a wide-angle lens to India-China ties, examining power imbalance, mutual suspicion and the US’ role in it. Kewalramani studies growing Chinese ambition through the prism of its fight against Covid-19.


04 August, 2021

A Miniature’s Hidden Figures

Nonica Datta

In this astute analysis, Dara’s popular image is replaced by a man influenced by complex political-religious pulls typical of his age


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04 August, 2021

Call Them Geniuses

Anjana Basu

Unpublished stories, translations, rare sketches and a screenplay—three generations of Rays shine with undimmed radiance


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Members of the Muslim community conduct Friday prayers in an open site amid heavy police presence, during protests by residents and members of various pro-Hindu organisations, at Sector 12 area, in Gurugram.

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Bihar Governor Fagu Chauhan presents a memonto to President Ram Nath Kovind at Raj Bhawan, in Patna.

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A worker arranges lanterns at a shop ahead of the Diwali festival, in Thane.

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A security person stands guard near the venue of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's scheduled public meeting, in Jammu.

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Workers weigh groundnut at Khetiwadi Utpann Bazar Samiti yard at Bedi in Rajkot.

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