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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

book review


How a new edition of a 1969 book attempts to wrest Jallianwala Bagh massacre from the annals of history

July 04, 2021 8:57 pm

The new edition of VN Datta's 1969 book on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, republished by his daughter Nonica Datta, seeks to bridge the gap between people’s narratives and academic histories

How Yaksha, Yudhishthir and COVID-19 come together in Niall Ferguson's new book

July 03, 2021 12:33 pm

'Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe' sets the ongoing pandemic into perspective through an analysis of major episodes in humankind’s tryst with catastrophes

The mirror crack’d from side to side

April 26, 2020 9:39 am

In the incandescent conclusion to her Tudor trilogy, The Mirror and The Light, Hilary Mantel charts the peak and fall of Thomas Cromwell and the struggle of man against the opacity of others

The political and the personal come together inextricably in this debut novel

April 25, 2020 4:01 pm

The central events of Priya Balasubramaniam’s book play out during the socio-political churn in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition in Bengaluru

The Hard Truth

April 26, 2020 9:36 am

A Dalit insider’s experiment with touchables

Life Everlasting

April 26, 2020 9:37 am

A translation of Tagore’s memoir seeks to take it to a global audience

The Rest is Not Noise

April 26, 2020 9:38 am

An unusual piece of writing on music, TM Krishna’s new book captures the issues of caste and purity that underlie the tradition of making and playing the mrdangam

Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s memoir of the reform years presents a complicated picture

April 26, 2020 9:41 am

It is too easy to dismiss reformers like Montek as elitist. They may make errors of judgment, but they often had more faith in Indians than many of those who yelped loudly in the name of the poor.

A debut novel that shows promise but falters in the execution

April 26, 2020 9:42 am

So All Is Peace tells its readers how rigged the system is, how unfairly skewed it is in favour of men and how it is the complicity of men in taking advantage of their position in a patriarchal setup that leads to the horrors we see in the news every day.

Older, Wiser and a Tiny Bit Nicer

August 24, 2019 6:30 pm

If Sex and the City (1997) took a caustic, unsentimental approach to the dating scene of a certain class of white people in Manhattan, this follow-up is mellower.