An English translation of the first Dalit autobiography refreshes the hard-hitting portrayal of the lives of people from the Mahar caste.
A mother who acts, a child who seeks attention and a Party out to purge the city of bad art – the world of theatre comes alive in this Kolkata novel
Through two broad chapters on the investigation and the trial, Avirook Sen presents how the Talwars were hit with a double whammy: a shoddy and insensitive investigation by the UP Police and the CBI and what Sen believed was a premeditated judgment.
A book that questions many long-standing sources that establish Nalanda as a seat of higher learning, placing it instead in the heart of monastic practices in ancient India
A former IFS officer’s account of Indo-Pak relations has no new revelation to make.
A speculative murder mystery, more a satire about a brave new futuristic world than a crime fiction.
To represent the immense variety of texts produced by Indian women over the last 2,000 years — in 350-odd pages — is no mean feat.
A handy children’s guide to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Christophe Jaffrelot rises to the challenge with aplomb. With erudition and energy, he presents a historical and political sociology of Pakistan, from the end of the rebellion of 1857 to the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
With the end of the Mughal Empire and the rise of British power, the 19th century Muslim intellectual had to reimagine his politics.
A disappointing novel on the ISRO spy scandal of 1994.
A philosopher in the swim of current affairs, AC Grayling is still trying to make us think rationally.
Kiran Nagarkar’s play, censored for 17 years, belongs to a fine tradition of retelling the epics subversively.
From realism to Dalit-Bandaya writing, Devanoora Mahadeva’s Kusumabale challenged many norms of Kannada literature. An English translation, while competent, flattens his linguistic innovations.
A rich, immersive novel about a group of people colonised by their pasts.