Powerful amid the problems

SPLIT: A LIFE By Taslima Nasrin, Penguin, Rs 599
Chandrima S. Bhattacharya Jun 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Their own stories

DALIT VOICE: LITERATURE AND REVOLT By Sharankumar Limbale and Jaydeep Sarangi, Authorspress, Rs 1,200
Tapan Basu Jun 22, 2018 00:00 IST

My sweet home: Childhood stories from a corner of the city 

Samina Mishra, Sherna Dastur and the children of Okhla are the contributors - is an engaging attempt to portray the children's perception of the space that they inhabit.
Jun 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Snoring away from the past into the future

Failure has no place in the land of opportunities. How then does one explain the success of America's first literary hero, Rip Van Winkle? For Rip is certainly a failure from the moment he appeared on the scene 199 years ago tomorrow. He is a shiftless alcoholic who shirks all responsibilities. And it is all his failures that make it easy to lose sight of Rip's success - Rip Van Winkle might just have been literature's first time traveller. Well, if one does not take into account Sleeping Beauty, that is.
Srimoyee Bagchi Jun 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Life on the fringes

INTERROGATING MY CHANDAL LIFE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DALIT (Sage/Samya, Rs 550) by Manoranjan Byapari begins its exploration of identities from the title itself. The book follows Byapari's journey from the Partition that forced his family to relocate to Calcutta, through the tumults of the Naxal movement and the Bastar revolution headed by Shankar Guha Neogi - both of which Byapari was part of - to his rise as an established author. Sipra Mukherjee has done a commendable job of translating the original.

Jun 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Wilting away; Lost peace; Each drop counts; True statesman

Wilting away

• Sir - The yellow petals and stems in one version of Vincent van Gogh's Su... | Read»

Lost peace

• Sir - There is no harm in the prime minister, Narendra Modi, being health... | Read»

Each drop counts

• Sir - A recent Niti Aayog report shows that about 70 per cent of the wate... | Read»

True statesman

• Sir - The hullabaloo over the former president, Pranab Mukherjee, attendi... | Read»

Jun 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Grinning malice

Sometimes the news cycle makes you feel like you were living under a rock. I had never heard of Anthony Bourdain till he died. I felt ambushed by the avalanche of praise and lamentation that his suicide set in motion. I thought to myself, for heaven's sake, the man wrote about restaurant food. I read a blurb that claimed reading him was like reading Elizabeth David channelled by Quentin Tarantino which made me feel even more hostile because everyone knows (or should) that David on food (like Pauline Kael on film) stands alone on Everest.
Mukul Kesavan Jun 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Endgame in Syria

The most complex problem in international relations today is Syria. What in 2011 began as a peaceful manifestation of grievances stimulated by the Arab spring against the regime dominated by a minority Alawite elite led by the president, Bashar al-Assad, was transformed by an excessive show of government force into a bitter civil conflict that attracted the interventions of regional and international powers.
Krishnan Srinivasan Jun 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Running away

There is no doubting the Bharatiya Janata Party's fleet-footedness. What else can explain its decision to jump ship - the metaphorical vessel, in this case, being restive Kashmir? Many things were, of course, uncommon between the Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP that had come together to rule Jammu and Kashmir with a commitment to honour the 'common minimum programme'. 
Jun 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Well promoted

The government of West Bengal has legislated a separate West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, distinct from the Central Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, which protects homebuyers from the pressures exerted by promoters and developers. Three distinct clauses in the West Bengal act have caused concern among buyers in the sense that there might be a dilution of the provisions of the Central act.
Jun 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Felled giants; Cruel practice; Downward slide; Water woes

Felled giants

• Sir - The democratization of football is evident not from quantity but qu... | Read»

Cruel practice

• Sir - The number of manual scavengers across 12 states in India has incre... | Read»

Downward slide

• Sir - The number of Master's degree holders who appeared for the Group D ... | Read»

Water woes

• Sir - The Telegraph has rightly highlighted the problem of waterlogging i... | Read»

Jun 21, 2018 00:00 IST


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