Monday, Jan 17, 2022


Without Malice Towards None: A Peek Into Shashi Tharoor’s World

Without Malice Towards None: A Peek Into Shashi Tharoor’s World

16 December, 2021 Anjana Basu

Pride, Prejudice and Punditry gives an insight into the Congress leader’s mind through essays and stories

Revivalist Intervention: A Roadmap For A New Way Of Imagining Our Past

Revivalist Intervention: A Roadmap For A New Way Of Imagining Our Past

01 December, 2021 Alka Pande

In Great Hindu Civilisation, Pavan K. Varma says academic elite is leading judgements on Hinduism without making an effort to understand the intricacies of the religion itself.

For Better Or For Verse: Sanjeev Sethi’s Hesitancies Captures The Dystopian Post-pandemic World

Sharp as bullets and soft as silk, the poems touch each reader variously.

Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Master Of St. Petersburg

Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Master Of St. Petersburg

10 November, 2021 Raza Naeem

Looking back at the life and works of the Russian author Dostoevsky born this week 200 years ago.

How Gandhi’s Views On Religion, Politics Shaped His Philosophy Of Ahimsa

Jyotirmaya Sharma’s book takes a long, hard look at the miscibility of religion and politics in Gandhi’s thoughts.

27 October, 2021

Book Review: A Searing Tale Of Love, Loss And Longing

Anjana Basu

Anindita Ghose’s The Illuminated is an interwoven narrative between a mother and daughter’s experiences of loss, and an exploration of the different states of loneliness.

20 October, 2021

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

Nandini Bhaskaran

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

13 October, 2021

An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

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.

13 October, 2021

Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

P.A. Krishnan

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.

13 October, 2021

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

Prashant Panjiar

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

06 October, 2021

Chronicler With A Movie Camera

Alka Acharya

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.


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.


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

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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‘Laab’ In The Mountains

He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.

Graphic Novel

Play Us A Memory, Violin Man

They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.

Chinki Sinha
Play Us A Memory, Violin Man


It’s Just Numbers, Love

Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.

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It’s Just Numbers, Love


December White

Everything that we do as an act of love might be tinged in various colours, but the base note is imbued in white.

Jan 24, 2022 Nitish Mohanty

Total Eclipse Of The Heart

'This week I was traveling from Goa—and a fellow-traveler asked me if she can use mine...' Smita Nair, a journalist, recounts an incident to tell how gifts make their own journey

Jan 24, 2022 Smita Nair

I, Me, Myself: Indian Women Pushing Back Against Social Narratives To Be Single

Why does patriarchy, as upheld by men and women, insist that 'our' women must ultimately find their fulfilment through marriage and motherhood?

Jan 24, 2022 Debotri Dhar

You Are Making My Grey Glow

Love is a responsibility that matures you, and if you are in love, you cherish the greying.

Jan 24, 2022 Kushal Poddar