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14 Jan 2018

On track of an elusive notion

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Each one of us, at some point in our life, has wondered what happiness really means. And as much as we want to experience it, understand it and make it a permanent feature of our lives, it never fails to evade most of us at most times.

The soot beneath the stars

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

WHAT gives life and character to a city? It’s probably an amalgamation of the cityscape, the living spaces and the inhabitants that would give a town its unique personality and energy — both of which are plentiful in Mumbai; a city known for its brave and quirky nature.

Nostalgic tales from Jharkhand

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

“You can take a man out of Hazaribagh, but not Hazaribagh out of a man,” so goes the saying in this quaint wooded town, the headquarters of North Chhotanagpur Division in Jharkhand.

More than a congregation of seekers

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

This treatise on the concept of sadh sangat in Sikhism elucidates how Guru Nanak used ordinary concepts and institutions of his times innovatively to bring about individual and social transformation.

Trumped by The Donald in White House

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

It has been a year since the world saw an improbable candidate sworn in as the President of the United States of America.

07 Jan 2018

Leaves of mystery

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

What strikes you first is the gorgeous black and gold dust jacket in rubberised matte finish, and as you open the book the tactile experience continues with the richness of the thick flyleaf, the decorative font, the charming illustrations, and (a rarity these days) a black ribbon book marker.

Revolutions through social media

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

We are accustomed to academic writings and books by Indians, on India which are apologetic about their Indianness, have a submissive tone, shoddy citations and a detailed glossary at the end explaining each Hindi word used in the text.

Different hues of Husain

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Husain is like an octopus with eight arms beyond my grasp, a mountain whose other side would remain unknown insurmountable for me always. — Ila Pal

Homeless, yet rooted

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

The subjectivity of poetry is what creates a new, beautiful world of words for readers and transports them into it, weaving images and themes in a rhythm.

Ganga chronicles: Of salvation and sullying

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

We are essentially river people. Our ancestors settled down around rivers, worked up the fertile silt these brought and revered them.

Sweet songs of a sad tale

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Haunting and heart-achingly beautiful — are the words that come to mind time and again as one turns pages of this slim collection of poems by Pranav Sharma, published posthumously.

24 Dec 2017

Woman who lived ahead of her times

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Written by Lakshmibai Tilak, Smritichitre is an autobiographical work in Marathi that was serialised in four parts in the magazine Sanjivini from 1934-1937.

Versatile verses

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Verse has a way of touching the invisible chords of human psyche building a bridge between people irrespective of age, profession, culture and class.

Sci-fi set in history

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Jules Verne, famous for his works, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), is acclaimed for being the pioneer in genre of science-fiction.

Japanese thrust for Asian economy

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

This over-priced book proceeds on the basis of the fiction that an innocent, brave Asia succumbed to the perfidy and trickery of the colonising powers of Western Europe.

Illegal route to legal success

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Par excellence with courtroom dramas, the latest from the stable of John Grisham, The Rooster Bar is a racy novel inspired by an article the author read in a reputed publication regarding a law school scam.

17 Dec 2017

Portrait of Jinnah as a married man

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

Sheela Reddy, a senior journalist, is savouring the success of her book, Mr and Mrs Jinnah: The Marriage that Shook India.

A treat for Urdu lovers

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

Hailed as one of the most revered interpreters of Ghalib’s life-and-works, Ralph Russell is one of the few western scholars who have a mastery over Urdu language and literature.

A celebration of valour

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

This is the second book in the Ashoka trilogy.

Tales without judgment

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

It is said that ‘memory, individual or collective, since it relates to the past, seeks a concrete kernel of some fact’. Novelist, award-winning short story writer and best known for her Muzaffar Jang series, Madhulika Liddle’s new book Woman to Woman bears ample testimony to this statement.

Stark sketches of reality from Amar Shonar Bangla

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

Arguably, no ethno-linguistic group has had more say in shaping the narrative of modern India as the Bengalis. The Bengalis are everywhere — colluding with the Malyalis to make the overwhelming bulk of the nation’s meager supply of intelligentsia, writers, painters, critics, classical musicians, economists and dissenters.

10 Dec 2017

Queen of Australia’s outback

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

Alice Springs has much in common with other frontier towns like Kalmykia, the Buddhist outpost in the Siberian steppe, Yazd, the caravanserai town in the Iranian desert, Bhuj, our very own star of the salt pans in Kutch.

Indian metre, Brazilian echoes

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

Have you ever sipped words? Seems like an implausible idea until you hold a cup of tea and listen to poetry. You won’t even realise when words do a sugar in your cup. You keep refilling it wherever you go with poetry. Poet-diplomat Abhay K, this time, poured some for himself and a few others in Brazil.

Assam's literary journey to mainstream

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, President of the Asom Sahitya Sabha, is the man of the moment. His latest Assamese novel Azar, based on the black fever epidemic that broke out in Assam during the British Raj, has been received well.

A gash that never healed

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

Some 124 years ago, the British enacted one of the many perfidies that have permanently scarred our part of the world. This was the marking of a border between Afghanistan and British India, called the Durand Line.

Bloodshed in statecraft

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

FROM early stages of civilisation to the present times violence, or threat of violence, has always been deployed in almost political systems all over the world to sustain its order.

Learning about systems of learning

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

In just 130 pages, GN Devy crisscrosses two thousand years of knowledge systems in India. From Upanishads that heralded pre-colonial philosophical thought in this land to medieval Indian pedagogical practices

03 Dec 2017

Racial horrors through humour’s prism

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

A black woman, with her two young kids, is trapped inside a moving minibus with two very angry men. She could be raped, or maybe even killed.

Controversy storms: Captain’s log

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Asense of balance is required when reviewing a book, or any serious endeavour that a person undertakes. A convenient way of ensuring impartiality is to avoid any personal interest in the matter at hand.

In Master Blaster’s masterclass

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Two decades of a blemish-free public life with a godly status made Sachin Tendulkar a worthy subject of an autobiography, but then these two decades of adulation lived under the prying eyes of media may have virtually left him with nothing new to tell.

The time of translations

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

In a world where brands sell and even authors and writers work tirelessly to establish their own brand of writing, Rakhshanda Jalil gets uncomfortable with labels of any sort, be it of gender or religion.

A compendium of erotic love

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

To capture 3,000 years of Indian erotic writing in a single anthology could be a daunting task, but the editor, Amrita Narayanan, has pulled it off with style.

Backflap

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Camille Lammenais has grown up in the beauty of the Napa Valley, surrounded by acres of her family’s vineyards.

26 Nov 2017

A journey of conversations

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

Insightful essays that deal with the Indian diaspora — their aspirations and fears in the age of multi-culturalism; heart-warming reads on reinterpreting the Radcliffe line; the search for the shared Indo-Pakistani heritage

Body as a tool of insurgency

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

It is often maintained that revolutions in the days of the internet will not be fomented and theorised in libraries, but will be spurred through the agency of social media and television, “beamed directly into our heads”.

Satire on the times

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

It is a yarn that is fertile, so is the wool with which it has been spun; in Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous, author Manu Joseph impresses with the range of his knowledge, articulate diction and keen social eye.

Torturous paths through scuffed reality

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

There is a 1984 in all of us who have lived through that particularly torturous decade in Punjab — it affected everything and everyone connected to the state.

Much ado about nothing

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

The best thing about the book is its catchy title, On the Trail of the Black: Tracking Corruption. One of the authors is the chairman of the PM’s Economic Advisory Council’s and a NITI Aayog member, Bibek Debroy. The book is dedicated to PM Modi as “the Architect of Change”.

New vistas of Punjabi prose

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

In today’s Punjab, there are more Punjabi writers than readers. Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, the foremost body of Punjabi writers, has membership running into thousands.