Debunking the population myth

Book: The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India Author: S.Y. Quraishi Publisher: Harpe...

The professor’s wisdom

Book: My Life in Red and White: My Autobiography Author: Arsène Wenger Publisher: W&N Price: R...

Memories of listening to what the young ones say

In 1939, when Beverly Cleary was a children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington, she had a tough time find...

Top 11 reads for your little ones

1 V for Vaccine: A one-shot introduction to Vaccines by HarperCollins India (Rs 99) With a pandemic and the s...

Selective enlightenment

Book: Mutating Goddesses: Bengal’s Laukika Hinduism and Gender Rights Author: Saswati Sengupta Publisher...

Bitter truths

  Book: The Truth Machines: Policing, Violence, and Scientific Interrogations in India Author: Jinee Lok...

Books  /  Published 26.03.21

No horsing around

When it comes to the Trojan War — this one was won with a horse — Fry weaves in Homer’s version with elements of Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and ...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 19.03.21

For those who will listen

When the critic, M.L. Rosenthal, used the phrase, “confessional poetry”, while reviewing Robert Lowell’s Life Studies in 1959, he was quick to realize the problem with his ...
By Nayantara Mazumder in

Books  /  Published 19.03.21

Fifty wonders of the world

In 1958, Bank of America put a credit card with a $500 limit in 60,000 mail-boxes in Fresno, California, as an experiment. Some used the card and paid; a lot of cards were stolen and misused. Bank of ...
By Anup Sinha in

Books  /  Published 19.03.21

The Ramayana through law

The narrative device of a trial provides an astute means of highlighting the perspectives of these characters who often find themselves caught in divine machinations. For instance, both Ahalya —...
By Akshat Agarwal in

Books  /  Published 19.03.21

Inventing the future

The last one-third of Lepore’s book is the most devastating as she outlines with a considerable volume of facts and an array of opinions how this company attempted to use methods of psychologica...
By Paranjoy Guha Thakurta in

Books  /  Published 17.03.21

Sudeep Nagarkar puts true love to the test

What elements are essential for writing a good love story? I think the most important factor for writing a love story is the connectivity factor. Thinking as a reader, if your characters are able to ...
By Hia Datta (t2 intern) in

Books  /  Published 12.03.21

Stories with needle and skin

When Samuel O’Reilly opened his tattoo shop in 1875 in Bowery, New York City, there were only a few like him. Like many, he stumbled upon the world of tattooing after a stint in the criminal jus...
By Sohini Chakraborty in

Books  /  Published 12.03.21

Old strain

Readers who prefer to engage with feeling and anecdote rather than hard data would be struck by Tumbe’s wide-ranging literary references, which include Kautilya, Giovanni Boccaccio, Munshi Premc...
By Chintan Girish Modi in

Books  /  Published 12.03.21

Other lives in other lands

The prose is rich, too rich sometimes. Expressions like “his temper, which stuck to his side like a faithful old cur”, or “speech is a coin hoarded for these past three months”...
By S.D. Chaudhuri in

Books  /  Published 12.03.21

Building on a memory

This is also complicated by the fact that the memory of the Second World War in Southeast Asia is not an abstract matter —it doesn’t concern pre-historical matters whose actors have now sa...
By Pallavi Raghavan in


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