A round-up of Indian detective fiction novels this season.
Upamanyu Chatterjee returns with a murder mystery that is both an exploration of food politics and a backstory to his first novel
The US’s relationship with the subcontinent and the crucial role played in it by the intersection of culture, ideology and power
At a time when we are moving away from our local and classical languages, a nuanced translation of a beloved epic
A new spymaster series inspired by true stories of covert foreign operations and perilous liaisons
Asia’s first journalist was also the first champion of press freedom. A fine retelling of the story of James Augustus Hicky attempts, yet again, to rehabilitate the “scurrilous, wild Irishman”
Harinder Sikka chronicles precisely this gripping tale in his espionage drama, Calling Sehmat.
Vignettes of lives lived navigating the urban experience in Bengaluru
Sheikh Abdullah is increasingly seen as part of the problem that created the Kashmir conflict, not its solution. He pales in comparison to contemporaries like Nehru or Jinnah.
The book in the eye of a storm, The Spy Chronicles has created sharp divisions in the ranks of stakeholders in the subcontinent
The Extra-Terrestrial opened to applause that is yet to subside, Satyajit Ray had submitted to Hollywood’s Columbia Pictures the screenplay of a film about the friendship between a small boy and a benevolent alien.
For over 50 years, Philip Roth consistently wrung out the political from the personal
How the process of appointment of judges to the Supreme Court changed in the Seventies
Bandopadhyay is best known for Pather Panchali, but the story of Shankar Roy Chaudhury, the 20-year-old protagonist who travels to Uganda in search of the unknown has long captivated readers.
A vigorously written, widely-researched and powerful defence of the Enlightenment
Thakazhi, a social realist, believed that the role of a novelist was to capture the sights and sounds of the world around him.
More escapades in the great, big outdoors
Wildlife biologist Rauf Ali takes on animals, bureaucrats, politicians, policemen, villagers, students, forest officers — and everyone he encounters during the course of his work and research, with point-blank frankness.
The outlines of a progressive movement for greater government accountability emerge from the narration of Aruna Roy and the MKSS Collectives in The RTI Story: Power to the People.
The great Greek conqueror Alexander’s soldiers are said to have marvelled, in 326 BC, at Indian cane sugar — “honey without bees”, as they put it. Several Hindustani sayings link the consumption of sugar with auspicious occasions.