Book Review
Books  /  Published 13.09.18

The Skull of Alum Bheg

By Sujaan Mukherjee in

Books  /  Published 26.03.20

A lost history of resistance from the Mughal past

Amita Kanekar’s novel is set in the time of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, in the latter half of the 17th century. Kanekar has offered a fine piece of work, writing things historians cannot. The bru...
By Raziuddin Aquil in

Books  /  Published 21.06.19

Caste and other demons

“Gandhiji, I have no homeland.” The first meeting between Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, who later became chairman of the drafting committee of independent India’s Constitution and its first law mini...
By Subhash Gatade in

Books  /  Published 13.06.19

Caste and the terrible inequalities

In the Acknowledgements section of the novel, I Have Become the Tide, Githa Hariharan explains why she, presumably a “privileged person in terms of caste or class”, felt the need to write about ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

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 in

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 in

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 in

Books  /  Published 25.01.19

Going for a picnic: Eat, drink and be murderous!

The arrival of winter in this part of the country— although there is some debate on whether the nominal dip in mercury can be called that — turns the air not just crisp but also thick with excitem...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 25.01.19

Powerful women of the Mughal empire

Ira Mukhoty’s second book promises to be timely, topical and trendy, but fails to deliver on several counts. Catering to the current penchant for popular history, the book is a hybrid of the scholar...
By Debapriya Basu in

Books  /  Published 26.12.19

The page turners of 2019: Fiction

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, Hamish HamiltonRushdie turns the idea of the quixotic quest on its head in this layered novel. The knight errant loses his mind watching TV and sets off across America wit...
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