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17 Jun 2018

Common man, uncommon portrayal

17 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

The simplest of things in life are often complex.

Gentle passion & violent ardour

17 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

In this timely book Purushottam Agrawal, a scholar of medieval Indian literature and Kabir specialist, brings his intimate knowledge of Jayasi’s Padmavati to the aid of those unable to access the original.

More than just English words and Hindi meanings

17 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

With the world evolving into a global village, bilingual dictionaries have become more useful and needful.

Delhi, promising, polluted & punishing

17 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

Victims of our insecurities, we all live in glasshouses, more so in India where the concept of personal space is seldom recognised.

The liberal tolerance of intolerance

17 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

Political scientists are trying to decode a series of recent political events that have taken place in quick succession.

10 Jun 2018

Outsider’s view of Kautilya & Kamasutra

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

WENDY DONIGER is a well-known Indologist. She has translated from Sanskrit Manusmriti, The Kamasutra and among others is the author of The Hindus: An Alternate History. She has studied the Indian texts and traditions, deeply reflected and contemplated on them.

On a trek from tech to tractors

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

WHAT kind of a person will, un-absolved from the responsibility of earning bread for himself and his family, pursue something that is intensely challenging, tough and dissimilar to anything he has hitherto experienced?

Killed by cultural taboos

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE 21st-century technology has ushered in a quantum change in the densely populated Asian subcontinent. This is evident when watching proliferating virtual lives on social media.

Unlikely feminist icon

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

THERE are few feminist icons in Pakistan, fewer still who embrace their sexuality as openly and fearlessly as Qandeel Baloch did. People often question her status as a feminist icon because she wasn’t as educated as the other feminists they know.

A handbook for soccer lovers

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE most-awaited event in football, FIFA World Cup, is here and so is the ready reckoner. Four years after the release of The Football Fanatic’s Essential Guide, eminent football writer Novy Kapadia has come out with an updated version just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup starts in another four days in Russia.

03 Jun 2018

On a flight of emotional textures

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Olga Tokarczuk recently won the Man Booker International prize, the best work of translated fiction from anywhere in the world.

Bailing out on Indian masses

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Arun shourie is the quintessential investigative journalist.

The modern road to totalitarianism

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

A new era of violent passion overwhelms the contemporary world.

Mission Pakistan

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Harinder Sikka, a former naval officer, chanced upon a lodestar while witnessing the Kargil conflict.

Inside tales by spymasters

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

A S Dulat and Asad Durrani are yesterday’s men.

27 May 2018

On shelf this week

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

The President is Missing has been dubbed as the publishing event of 2018 due to the celebrity status of its authors — Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

An SOS for sanitation

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

As the visual on the book’s cover suggests, Naina Lal Kidwai's compendium of articles and op-eds for various publications does red-flag an SOS for sanitation.

Baring the caste cauldron in Punjab

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

Punjabi novelist Avtar Singh Billing is a notable name in Punjabi fiction.

The magnificent (rebel) maharaja

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

He had a distinct personality and education.

Triple talaq: Controversy continues

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

Only a few were mystified last year by the sudden frontloading of the triple talaq controversy in national consciousness for weeks on end.

The phoenix lives on

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

Indomitable — this is the word most people, who have known one of Punjab’s tallest literary figures Ajeet Cour, associate with her.

20 May 2018

A Sufi take on spirituality

20 May 2018 | 2:09 AM

At the outset, though the title of this book is: ‘It’s not just academic’, it ought to have been, ‘It’s pure academic.

The savagery of colonial oppression

20 May 2018 | 2:09 AM

Winston Churchill is widely regarded as a stalwart of political acumen who squelched the sweeping tide of fascism with his indomitable will and brilliant military strategy resulting in a decisive Allied victory in the Second World War.

The fear of being ‘Other’

20 May 2018 | 2:09 AM

In a book of less than 160 pages, Khair has exhibited masterly storytelling.

Adventures of a beer-loving legend

20 May 2018 | 2:09 AM

Where the Indus is Young chronicles the hair-raising exploits of the intrepid, beer-loving travel legend Dervla Murphy, often described as the first lady of Irish cycling.

Basics of Buddhism explained

20 May 2018 | 2:09 AM

True is a tricky word, and asserting the truth of anything, including deep ideas in philosophy or psychology, is a tricky business.

13 May 2018

Back Flap

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

Set against the back of India''s turbulent march to independence, this is a story of a few people who chose to keep going instead of giving up.

Celebrating nature’s power to give life

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

Dragging me out of the hills in summer has never been easy.

Of human prejudices

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

Sumana Roy’s second novel Missing is a perplexing story of Bengali couple, Kobita and Nayan, that has lost contact with each other for the past one week.

A dark tale of light and love

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

Do we need eyes to see the world or one can ‘see’ much better with other senses? Is it possible for something lost to come back in the same form? Is the desire for unconditional love a mirage? These and many other such queries lurk in the shadows as one turns page after page of the dark and melancholy world created by K.

A lasting Bond with nature

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

For some, nature is the muse that engenders inspiration for words poetic; Ruskin Bond, a name that spells charm and awe in equal measure, is the foremost among them.

This spy keeps coming back from the cold

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

Le Carré fans always keep a look out for the appearance of George Smiley, the fictional British spy, who rose to stardom with his first phase of spy novels.

06 May 2018

Grain of truth

06 May 2018 | 1:35 AM

The life of celiacs (gluten-intolerant people) revolves around food. Perhaps, no other category of people discusses food as much as we celiacs do. Perhaps, no other category of people discusses food as much as we celiacs do.

Giving words to voiceless

06 May 2018 | 1:35 AM

Lal Singh Dil (1943–2007) lived and died as a Dalit poet. Even though his poetic sensibilities and worldviews are of high qualities which can be compared with any great poet of the world, his poetry has never been taken seriously either by academics or by the common readers till recently.

Unmasking His (un)Holiness

06 May 2018 | 1:35 AM

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan was a man who conjured a perfect spiritual vision, just the right blend of religion, politics, welfare and entertainment. It was sufficient to lure people to his ashram, Dera Sacha Sauda at Sirsa (Haryana) that he had inherited from Shah Satnam Singh at the age of 23 in 1990.

Re-constructing lost bonds

06 May 2018 | 1:35 AM

In simpler terms, The Architecture of Loss is a story of a mother''s troubled relationship with her daughter. It is a novel in which a variety of human emotions — tenderness, affection, bitterness, anger, fury, forgiveness and reconcilliation — play out their part to complete a family story.

Essence not lost in translation

06 May 2018 | 1:35 AM

When you pick up a book that contains literary works that were originally written in what’s called your ‘first’ language’ or Hindi but now have been translated into what’s apparently your ‘second language’ or English, you are bound to have apprehensions.

29 Apr 2018

Mists of mystery

29 Apr 2018 | 1:18 AM

“Master the knot”, this is not just the last line of the book, but the key undercurrent that as a reader one can feel pulsating through the criss-cross of the narrative in The Keepers of Kalachakra, the latest offering from Ashwin Sanghi.

The good wins over evil ... as usual

29 Apr 2018 | 1:18 AM

For a long time now the scenic locales of Kashmir valley have provided a perfect backto the stories of bloodshed, emotional turmoil and human predicament.

Extricating Pakistan from Islamism

29 Apr 2018 | 1:18 AM

This month has been a bonanza for Pakistan watchers. The blockbuster is, of course, Husain Haqqani’s book, Reimagining Pakistan, another treasure trove from the former Pakistan Ambassador to the US.

The saga of the Ghadar movement

29 Apr 2018 | 1:18 AM

Raghbir Singh is the editor of one of the oldest Punjabi literary magazines, Sirjana, which he started more than half a century ago. He has also written or edited half a dozen books of Punjabi literary criticism.

Anecdotal account of cricket history

29 Apr 2018 | 1:18 AM

The back cover of Boria Majumdar’s Eleven Gods and a Billion People serves a delightful appetiser. It has a facsimile reproduction of a hand-written letter signed by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, requesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take steps to assist head coach Anil Kumble and Captain Virat Kohli in resolving their differences, if any.