Old battles

Book: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World Author: Simon Winchester Publisher: Harper Pr...

A citizen of the world

Book: Home in the World: A Memoir Author: Amartya Sen, Publisher: Allen Lane Price: Rs 899 “Where is the w...

Incomplete melody

Book: Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music Author: Amit Chaudhuri Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Pri...

The outsider in the charmed circle

Book: India’s Power Elite: Class, Caste and A Cultural Revolution Author: Sanjaya Baru Publisher: Viking...

An empire on the move

Book: The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World Author: Marie Favereau Publisher: Belknap Price: &poun...

Proteus in the study

Book: Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020 Author: Salman Rushdie Publisher: Penguin Price: Rs 799 In Ho...

Books  /  Published 12.12.19

Do we overestimate the benefits of migration?

Abhijit once asked migrant respondents in Delhi slums what they liked about living in the city. They liked many things; there were more options to give their children a good education, health care was...
By Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Books  /  Published 04.01.19

Save the planet, read Gerald Durrell

When one looks back at Gerald Durrell’s wildlife writing, it makes one wonder why the author himself did not think much of it at all. In fact, the naturalist and conservationist, who would have turn...
By Nayantara Mazumder

Books  /  Published 29.12.18

The Cheetah

Recap: Back from New Town and sitting on a bench in the little neighbourhood park, Lata replies to Pixie’s email. But as she is jauntily walking home afterwards, she stops in her tracks as she sees ...
By Devapriya Roy

Books  /  Published 28.11.19

Travelogues to read this week

Four women riding on motorcycles across countries is a journey indeed, but more than that, it is a statement. Especially in a predominantly male-dominated sphere where every advert for a bike showcase...
By Shrestha Saha in Calcutta

Entertainment  /  Published 22.12.18

What fighting cancer taught Manisha Koirala

Chapter 16: Vulnerability — The Chink in My ArmourAn excerpt from Healed: How cancer gave me a new life, by Manisha Koirala with Neelam Kumar Nine months of kindness and loving friendship later...
By Shrestha Saha

Books  /  Published 21.12.18

Aatish Taseer's Benares is more than a cliche

On one of his visits to Benares, Aatish Taseer is dazzled by the sight of scholars conducting an academic conversation in fluent Sanskrit. In The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges, the lan...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Books  /  Published 17.12.18

Writer Zac O’Yeah picks 8 bewildering mysteries

For Bread AloneFor Bread Alone by Mohammed Choukri is set in Tangier of the 1950s – when it was known as the International Zone, where foreign writers flocked to write exotic novels and the town was...
By Zac O’Yeah

Books  /  Published 16.02.19

The arrangement

If cities had superpowers,” Aaduri Bagchi mused aloud to Hem Shankar Tiwari on Sunday morning while they were reading newspapers in bed, “What do you think Calcutta’s would be?”It was the sort...
By Devapriya Roy

Books  /  Published 13.02.19

You’ve got mail: Letters from historical figures

Written History: Letters that Changed the World, By Simon Sebag Montefiore, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Rs 600...
By TCA Srinivasa Raghavan

Books  /  Published 10.01.20

Love and art in a restless world

In an open letter written on his visit to India to launch his first novel, The Carpet Weaver, in 2019 Nemat Sadat wrote: “By allowing the voices of queer campaigners fighting for equal rights to be ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty


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