Non Fiction
Books  /  Published 11.06.20

Lives in history and myth

Winrow seamlessly connects the fortunes of one family with the history of the places they inhabited and the events that changed their lives. For instance, there are delightful forays into the origins ...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 04.06.20

Women in transition

It has taken a pandemic-induced global lockdown to make visible to us the millions of invisible, desperate migrant labourers whose toil sustains us and the nation. In this context, appreciation is due...
By Sutanuka Ghosh in

Books  /  Published 03.06.20

An old, bitter contest over history and memory

When a ‘historic’ mosque built in the sixteenth century is brought down in the twentieth because people ‘remember’ it being the birthplace of a ‘legendary’ king in the hoary past, does tha...
By Kingshuk Chatterjee in

Books  /  Published 03.06.20

The other Darwin

From the cover and the title page, one learns that the book was “released on October 6, 2018 during the 125th birth anniversary celebration” of Meghnad Saha held at the National Academy of Science...
By Palash Baran Pal in

Books  /  Published 03.06.20

Brahmaputra: A life beyond its waters

I like to believe that “Luitor pani jabi o boi (Go flowing on, waters of the Luit)”, a song by Assam’s foremost cultural icon, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, is still one of the first songs someone lear...
By Rongili Biswas in

Books  /  Published 20.03.20

The ‘Bad’ Women of Bombay Films

In the Introduction of the book ‘Bad’ Women of Bombay Films: Studies in Desire and Anxiety, the editors, Saswati Sengupta, Shampa Roy and Sharmila Purkayastha explain that the “bad” women...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Books  /  Published 20.03.20

A continuity in inappropriate policies

All the Wrong Turns: Perspectives on the Indian Economy by T.C.A. Ranganathan and T.C.A. Srinivasa Raghavan is yet another book on the deficiencies of formulation and execution of economic policy in I...
By Anup Sinha in

Books  /  Published 14.02.20

The Sikh massacres of 1984

South Asia continues to witness incidents of violence incited by religious, ethnic or sociopolitical issues. In the process, a category of survivors is created, who are forced to subsist with a trauma...
By Jhuma Sanyal in

Books  /  Published 24.01.20

Why the constitution matters

Alladi Krishnaswami Ayyar, a member of the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly, “firmly believed that the real test of any Constitution was how it would play out in the hands of ordinary ...
By Prasanta Ray in

Books  /  Published 03.01.20

America has been trumped

Even the most committed Republican would hesitate before comparing the Trumpian White House with Camelot. Simply because the modern avatar of King Arthur — President Donald Trump — is, to put it i...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in


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