The hope of emancipation

Book: The Sweetness of Water Author: Nathan Harris Publisher: Headline Price: Rs 899 Somewhere in the mi...

Timeless chains

Book: China Room Author: Sunjeev Sahota Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Price: Rs 599 Two stories, concurrent...

A city visible but unseen

Book title: Prague: Belonging In the Modern City Author: Chad Bryant Publisher: Harvard Price: £23....

Maydays, past and present

Book: Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe Author: Niall Ferguson Publisher: Allen Lane Price: £25 &n...

The Dire Straits story, courtesy John Illsley

A band is blowing Dixie Double four time You feel alright When you hear the music ring That’s the secon...

America’s wonder years

Book: The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War Author: Louis Menand, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giro...

Books  /  Published 15.11.19

Epitaphs bring fiction close to fact

Bugs Bunny got me thinking about mortality. At the end of each episode, while munching on a piece of juicy carrot, the adorable Bugs would say, “That’s all folks”. These words — can there be a...
By Uddalak Mukherjee

Books  /  Published 15.11.19

Icons of the Indian Right

Ever since the 2014 general elections, especially after the 2019 victory of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, there is a perception that India is shifting rather swiftly towards the Right ...
By Shaikh Mujibur Rehman

Books  /  Published 14.11.19

‘Jawahar will be my successor’: Mahatma Gandhi

The background of this speech is the CWC resolution passed in its meeting on 30 December, 1941. The British government had announced India’s participation in World War II, without consulting the Ind...
By M K Gandhi, an extract from the book 'Who is Bharat Mata?'

Opinion  /  Published 11.11.19

When Rabindranath Tagore visited Shillong

A century ago, the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, made his maiden visit to Shillong, the capital of undivided Assam. He spent three weeks at Brookside, a bungalow in the Rilbong locality, belong...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Books  /  Published 11.11.19

Salman Rushdie's Quichotte is not a pleasant book

“The Quixote,” as Jorge Luis Borges read in the literary notes of a certain Pierre Menard, once and another true author of the œuvré nonpareil, “was first and foremost a pleasant book...” Qu...
By Deeptanil Ray in Calcutta

Books  /  Published 08.12.18


Recap: As Boro Jethu wonders what the protocol is to deal with an ex-jamai, who has turned up uninvited to an ashirbad-cum-ring ceremony, Aarjoe Choudhury, the ex-, makes his way to Lata and indulges ...
By Devapriya Roy

North East  /  Published 05.12.18

2 Assam writers bag Akademi award

Two writers from Assam bagged the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for 2018, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.Poet Sananta Tanty has been chosen for the award for his poetry collectio...
By Rajiv Konwar in Guwahati

Books  /  Published 05.12.18

Anand Neelakantan on his new book, Vanara

After a detour into Bahubali territory, Anand Neelakantan, the bestselling writer who is adept at retelling Indian mythology (Asura and the Ajaya series), is back with another tale of the vanquished f...
By Samhita Chakraborty

Books  /  Published 29.10.19

Durjoy Datta on his new novel and the perks and pitfalls of social media

Durjoy Datta is perhaps one of the most self-aware young authors of our generation who isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. Riding high on the launch of his new book Wish I Could Tell You, the auth...
By Shrestha Saha in Calcutta

Books  /  Published 25.10.19

A tale of pain and distress

Tell Her Everything, Mirza Waheed’s third novel, might initially appear to be yet another South Asian immigrant success story. But readers who stick it out soon discover that the author turns this t...
By Nayantara Mazumder


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