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Book Review | Qabar: In Search Of Wings

Book Review | Qabar: In Search Of Wings

07 February, 2022 Chitra Ahanthem

K.R. Meera’s novella is a gripping tale of women trying to break free from the shackles of domesticity in the world of men

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

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

27 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

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

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

29 November, 2021 Malashri Lal

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


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.

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08 November, 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.


01 November, 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.


25 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.


25 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.


18 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.


11 October, 2021

How The Past Speaks

Sudhirendar Sharma

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


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04 October, 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.


04 October, 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


27 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.


20 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


13 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


06 September, 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


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06 September, 2021

Algorithms Of Eternity

Anjana Basu

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


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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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