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.
A powerful sketch of Ahmedabad and its all too frequent complicity in communal violence.
Despite its vast scope, Dilip Hiro’s new book on the India-Pakistan rivalry is marred by factual errors and personal biases.
MJ Akbar turns a merciless eye on those in power, except when he looks at Modi.
An elephant gone rogue is the protagonist of this lyrical, if uneven, novel.
A publisher’s anecdotes about the people he has worked with in a career spanning four decades and their idiosyncrasies.