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Page Turners of 2021: Biography and Memoirs
The Frontier Gandhi: My Life and Struggle, Autobiography of Abdul Ghaffar Khan Roli Translated from Pukhto by Imtiaz Ahmad Sahibzada, Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s autobiography captures rare anecdotes ...
An ode to honesty
Lavasa’s family follows a decidedly middle-class script. His father marries a girl chosen for him and eventually invests himself fully in the education of his children who, by Lavasa’s own...
By Akshat Agarwal
The trajectory of Ghandy’s life provides an intriguing parallel with the international communist movement. When he began his life as a revolutionary, almost half the world was under communist ru...
By Asim Ali
Homo Irrealis: Essays
His memories of Alexandria — the city he was born in but was compelled to leave in the wake of anti-Semitic waves — are sepia-toned and far-removed from the heady excitement he actually fe...
By Sohini Chakraborty
A citizen of the world
The book is replete with instances of his unusual ability to put together apparently disparate elements of knowledge necessary for an integrated understanding, which constitutes ‘wisdom’. For inst...
By Suman Ghosh
Home is where the art is
The beginning of a legacy — cultural, artistic and familial — hinged upon an indomitable woman, Feisal’s maternal grandmother, Kulsumbai. Born in a Khoja family and married into an a...
By Debaroti Chakraborty
Amartya Sen: ideas, people & places
"Sen's story as a cosmopolitan in the world has not lessened his sense of Indianness. Though he has lived abroad since 1971, he only has an Indian passport. Before the pandemic, he would visi...
By Amit Roy in London
Greenlights is no ordinary memoir
In a scene from We Are Marshall (2006), Matthew McConaughey tells a packed room of journalists “If it’s a miracle you are looking for, you gotta keep looking” and Greenlights (Hachet...
By Shrestha Saha
Frida: matters of the heart
Love, infidelities, reassuring friendships, betrayals — both of love and friendship — mark Frida’s time in Paris. Andre Bréton’s enthusiasm about exhibiting her art when...
By Durba Basu
Devaki Jain: a luminescent life
Not all of these experiences were positive. There are shocking details of sexual harassment that she faced as a student at Oxford at the hands of a famous economist. She does not name him but he is no...
By Jayati Ghosh
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