Non Fiction
Books  /  Published 20.11.20

A platinum partnership: India in the United Nations

The early decades post Independence and through the Cold War years — comprising in all some 45 years of UN history — sees an Indian approach which, in Murthy’s words, “... it w...
By T.C.A. Raghavan in

Books  /  Published 20.11.20

The politics of science and science fiction

What follows is a long-winded socio-cultural explication of “Nehruvian science” — the framework gradually expands to include Syed Ahmed Khan, Bankim Chatterjee, Rajendralal Mitra, Ma...
By Deeptanil Ray in

Books  /  Published 20.11.20

From wonder to desire: India and the West

The rest of the essays chart out some of these protocols that navigate between the desired and the undesired, and, sometimes, even the undesirable, spreading over a range of historical contexts and th...
By Iman Mitra in

Books  /  Published 19.11.20

Top five non-fiction books to read during the pandemic

The workplace has changed and as we create this page you are reading from the constraints of our home, missing the convenience of the office, we are learning to accept and adjust to the ‘new nor...
By Shrestha Saha in Calcutta

Books  /  Published 16.11.20

Our reading suggestions this week

It is in a matter-of-fact manner that the author tells us about the judgemental commentary encountered at a cigarette shop in Gujarat where Manya, in her brown trousers and white shirt, dared to defy ...
By The Telegraph in

Books  /  Published 13.11.20

New way of seeing: Anthropology and the visual

The book is divided into nine chapters, each of which begins with a quote followed by a personal narrative juxtaposed with images from Perera’s personal collection, only to usher his reader into...
By Rashi Bhargava in

Books  /  Published 13.11.20

A lilting, maddening melody

The third chapter deals with the core of the phenomenon of musicophilia — a fervour unambiguously called deewangee or madness. Niranjana’s proposition, tying in with the notion o...
By S.D. Chaudhuri in

Books  /  Published 13.11.20

Gavel’s voices: Sex and the Supreme Court

This theme of conflict between community values and individual autonomy, which Rohatgi touches upon, is further fleshed out by Kirpal’s excellent essay arguing in favour of marriage equality. Ki...
By Akshat Agarwal in

Books  /  Published 06.11.20

Ideal mentor: Vasoo Paranjape

Almost every Indian cricketer has benefited from his advice. A player’s man, Paranjape’s humour is the stuff of legends; he even used it to admonish a player in his own subtle way. He woul...
By Indranil Majumdar in

Books  /  Published 06.11.20

Fatal blindness about a still-evolving pandemic

A fresh and even more direct warning did arrive. Seven years ago. Chinese scientists discovered a virus similar to SARS-CoV-2 in bats in 2013. Their work was confirmed by US researchers. The Chinese a...
By G.S. Mudur in


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