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Opinion  /  Published 23.01.21

Rich pickings: Wisden 2021

Wisden 2021 will be a collector’s item. For a cool assessment of the just concluded India-Australia series, I turned to Lawrence Booth, editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. &ld...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 09.01.21

Narendra Modi: wrong image

Narendra Modi’s supporters should be aware that the Indian prime minister’s reputation is being eroded by seemingly casual references in the Western media. Take, for example, Pick of ...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 26.12.20

Changed life: Marina Wheeler’s book

The year, 2020, has actually been a vintage year for books, among them is Marina Wheeler’s The Lost Homestead: My Mother, Partition and the Punjab. She has nothing to say about her former h...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 12.12.20

On your screens soon, The Serpent

Hot on the heels of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, the BBC is doing another big Indian story, The Serpent, based on the life of the serial killer, Charles Sobhraj. It has announced that...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 28.11.20

Rare friendships: Lord Desai's autobiography

Reading Lord Meghnad Desai’s just published autobiography, I laughed out loud as though I was reading a PG Wodehouse novel when he described his “fruitful collaboration and lifelong friend...
By Amit Roy in


Opinion  /  Published 14.11.20

Many insights: Lionel Barber's memoirs

In his just-published memoirs, Lionel Barber, who was editor of the Financial Times from 2005 to 2020, has written about three trips to India and interviews with Narendra Modi, Manmohan Sing...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 31.10.20

Make amends: Letting Robert Clive go

At St Xavier’s in Patna, we inherited the English house system, so that those of who belonged to “Leopards” went around chanting, “Mighty Leopards”. For others, it was &l...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 17.10.20

Vivid picture: Declan Walsh's book on Pakistan

On the line to Cairo, I talk to Declan Walsh about his very engaging new book, The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Divided Nation, which gives readers “a sense of being there&rdqu...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 03.10.20

Fierce power: 'Tantra' at the British Museum

How the “Tantric goddess Kali” was deployed by freedom fighters in Bengal was highlighted by Imma Ramos, curator of a “landmark” exhibition at the British Museum, Tantra: ...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 19.09.20

Comic sunshine: India's love for Wodehouse

Why does PG Wodehouse have such a big following in India? This is the question I put to Ben Schott, a 46-year-old British journalist and author who got rave reviews for his first Wodehouse novel, ...
By Amit Roy in London


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