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Shared Fires Of Their Yagnas

Shared Fires Of Their Yagnas

03 December, 2018 Devdutt Pattanaik

In their self-reflexivity and referential nature, Ramayana and Mahabharata lie in unique harmony. Which came first is matter of which version you hold up to the light.

‘Atalji Suggested We Be Ready For The Police’ | Excerpt from L.K. Advani's Book

‘Atalji Suggested We Be Ready For The Police’ | Excerpt from L.K. Advani's Book

27 August, 2018 L.K. Advani

L.K. Advani, then president of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, was arrested and imprisoned during the Emergency for nineteen months. For a brief period, his fellow prisoner in Bangalore was Atal Behari Vajpayee.


Naveen Patnaik: Novice To Novelty

This excerpt from a political biography of Naveen Patnaik details Odisha’s discredited political class after the super cyclone, retelling how rapturous Odias accepted Biju Babu’s heir as a messiah.

Braggadocio Is An Italian Word

Braggadocio Is An Italian Word

30 July, 2018 Karan Thapar

Genial, humble and a democrat. Such is the picture of Atal Behari Vajpayee seen in Karan Thapar’s memoir.


Grand Hopes And General Failures

Giving the lie to the myth of Nawaz the peaceable, Nasim Zehra lays bare the absurd assumptions that led to Kargil

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09 July, 2018

Lechery In The Time Of Gout: A Domestic Idyll

Amitabha Bagchi

A left-behind bride fends off unwelcome attentions in a story within a story in Amitabha Bagchi’s latest


25 June, 2018

The Keeper There Wasn’t

Mihir Bose

Fate and flaw conspired to keep egalitarian football at the margins in India. Cricket—race-erected, race-directed—flourished under post-colonial patronage.


04 June, 2018

The Transfigured Pain Of Jayasi, One-Eyed Poet

Purushottam Agrawal

History alchemised by poetry, the Sufi entwined with the sensuous. Inside Malik Muhammad Jayasi's 'Padmavat'.


21 May, 2018

This Song Is Our Song

A.R. Venkatachalapathy

When a media mogul attempted to hide away the song of Tamil Nadu’s Mahakavi, it sparked a movement


12 February, 2018

Big Brother And A Little Black Goat

Perumal Murugan

Perumal Murugan re-enters the world of letters with a novel that depicts an outlier's struggle to ­live and love in a society where privacy is history


08 January, 2018

Sing Them Songs Of A Sacred Fight

Upinder Singh

Ambiguous dharma and an exact dhamma make allowances for righteous war


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25 December, 2017

Fearless Nadia, The Yazidi

Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad was a Yazidi peasant girl in a small village called Kochu in northern Iraq. The ISIS attacked her village, killed almost all the men, including her six brothers, and took the women as sex slaves. Excerpt from Murad’s horrific, and courageous, memoir, The Last Girl.


28 August, 2017

Strange Fruit On Tamarind Trees

Sujatha Gidla

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.


24 July, 2017

Notes From A Tail Gunner’s Diary

Larry Pressler

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:


19 June, 2017

Trysts Under The Deodars

Ruskin Bond

A stolidly varied ‘Indian’ background, swirling passions in liberal Mussoorie, his parents’ courtship, his prompt arrival and Granny’s house—snatches from an old foxtrot


22 May, 2017

Everything To Moan About: A Boss Behind Closed Doors

Balli Kaur Jaswal

Excerpts 'Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows' by Balli Kaur Jaswal. Published by HarperCollins...


17 April, 2017

Malabari Pangs Along Persia Sands

Deepak Unnikrishnan

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.


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17 April, 2017

The Boy’s Cry That Sounds Like A Bleat

Perumal Murugan

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.


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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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