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22 Apr 2018

The promised land for Eve, at last

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

The three areas that are crucial and need to be strengthened for the empowerment of women are land/property ownership followed by education and employment.

The story of simple moments in life

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

Where ever there are people, there are stories, so goes the old maxim. Journalist and author Jupinderjit Singh has lived up to this old principle of his trade by penning vignettes of life that he came across, both as an individual and a professional.

Recording memories of a lost culture

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

As we commemorate 70 years of the Partition of India and continue to hear more and more stories of pain, there are so many that will go unheard, or rather untold.

Man Booker shortlist for 2018

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

Amonster story set in Baghdad and a meditation on the colour white are among the nominees for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

Ruling through turbulent times

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

In the current book, the author, in a way, has picked up the thread of events from where he left in his last work of this genre titled Maharaja Hari Singh: The Troubled Years, published in 2011.

Chronicling Punjabi bravery of yore

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

At the onset, the author makes it clear that this is not a traditional historical account, but the history of his family — the Ramgarhia Misl of which he is the ninth descendent.

15 Apr 2018

Life in the languid lane

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

Anyone who has lived in Chandigarh even for a few years will make an association with many of the contexts and situations that Chhabra talks about in his book about life in the city.

The govt by the people, decoded

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

Early in school we are taught that we live in a democratic country but even before we finish higher studies, many of us begin to doubt it.

Finding beauty in Delhi’s heat and dust

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

Delhi is not an easy city to negotiate. The startling contrasts and the multiple layers of those contrasts that it offers to the senses is both bewildering and overwhelming.

A scrapbook of bonding in divided times

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

The occurrence of words like ‘pulchritudinous’ and ‘amaranthine’ in the very first pages of a novel forewarn the reader to expect the unexpected.

The full picture tells a different tale

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

Pakistan has remained a little understood country among India''s academia and strategic circles because of the acute unavailability of the literature of the institutional processes that have driven the formation of this state.

08 Apr 2018

Searching for hope

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

The debut novel by veteran journalist Anshu Seth chronicles one man’s fight against a system that threatens to pull him under at every step.

Documenting the documenters

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

Independent documentary in India has moved from strength to strength; from being a response to the perversion of democracy during the dark days of the Emergency to establishing itself, within a short span of time, as a generalised praxis of critique and resistance.

Criminal lanes, skillfully manoeuvred

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

Detective…the word, more often than not, invokes an image of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes traversing the misty lanes of London in pursuit of an elusive killer, or Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot solving a complicated case while giving his moustaches a wholesome twirl.

Is the voice still free?

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

Ravish Kumar ‘s book, The Free Voice — On Democracy, Culture and the Nation, highlights the state of the nation, investigating the threat to free expression and how the fear of institutional, physical and psychological violence is being used to replace debate, dialogue and social harmony, infusing instead intolerance and hate.

Indian philosophy, western perspective

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

German philosopher GWF Hegel is as well known as he is infrequently read, except mostly by scholars.

01 Apr 2018

Kautilya’s relevance in contemporary world

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

Many Orientalists, including many Indian philosophers, mistakenly believe that Indian philosophy is primarily spiritual and other worldly with hardly any space for reflection on the worldly matters. It has no place for social and political thinking.

Living under suspicion

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

On September 19, 2008, Delhi was ripped apart by five low intensity bombs in various parts of the city. At least 30 persons were killed and 90 injured. A terrorist outfit, the Indian Mujahedeen, claimed the responsibility.

Life in times of turbulence

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

“The silent signal from your hand lends motion to the journey of multitudes,” this poetic sounding prose is a line from Dr Kula Saikia’s recent collection of short stories, If A River and Other Short Stories.

Suspended between reality and dreams

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

India, today, has the largest number of young people in the world, (under the age of 25), that comprise half of the entire population, a staggering 600 million.

An inside view, surprisingly balanced

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

Her foreword sounds a wee bit apologetic, a veiled defence of her country. But Mehr Tarar, a 21st century Pakistani, as she calls herself, is no pushover.

25 Mar 2018

The Indian Robinhood

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

Though a fugitive from law and order, he lived like a king, dispensing justice to the oppressed and aiding anyone in distress. That is why India''s own Robinhood, who is celebrated in tale and memory as "Daku Man Singh", was actually called "Raja" by the people of the area.

Of racialism, in India and abroad

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

Though a fugitive from law and order, he lived like a king, dispensing justice to the oppressed and aiding anyone in distress.

Why history repeats itself!

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

History is the art of dealing with memories. For that very reason it is a highly contested craft. Those contestations can make us wiser, if done properly, with enough depth and thick description, without prejudice and the objective to prove political or ideological points.

Weaving many strains of patriotism

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

“Imaginings”, “pan-Indian”, and “nationhood” are among some of the significant terms that first catch one’s attention on reading Vikas Pathak’s book, Contesting Nationalisms. Nationalism itself is a contested terrain, seeking homogeneity through the constant summoning of imagination, pan-ness and nationhood.

Don’t take this bull by the horns

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

Thanks to the Supreme Court ban and subsequent protests in Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu is now the most talked about indigenous sport in India.

Books on Charles Darwin's reading list

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

HUMBOLDT’s New Spain; Richardson''s Fauna Borealis; Sciences Nat.in Geolog Soc.; F Cuvier on instinct; L Jenyns paper in Annals of Nat. History; Dr Royle on Himalaya type; Smellie Philosophy of Zoology; Lindley introduction to the Natural System

18 Mar 2018

A tame egg by a wild goose

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

This book, at 254 pages, seems paltry for a man of Sourav Ganguly’s achievements. Ricky Ponting, for instance, produced 700 pages of autobiography, Sachin Tendulkar did 486 pages, and even the less-than-extremely-cerebral Mike Tyson did 592 and 465 pages over two books!

Aliens in a new homeland

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

Ladders Against The Sky is a collection of 23 short stories, centring around Hindu Sindhis, a community that lost its homeland when India was partitioned in 1947.

The dark underbelly of Bollywood

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

Forty years after it was published in Hindi, Rahi Masoom Raza’s novel, Scene 75’s English translation is making it available to a wider readership.

On the wings of the falcon

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

“Only political stupidities or atrocities now excite me into writing verse,” admitted Keki Daruwalla in a recent interview.

Sex in the times of saffronisation

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

The recent spate of #Me Too protests globally underscored the problematic terrain of the world’s accelerating changes. India, negotiating its post-independence state over 70 years, is caught in this interstice of global changes altering and remapping the coordinates of national identity and a complex past to be processed and amalgamated holistically.

11 Mar 2018

‘Thank you so much for this moment’

11 Mar 2018 | 2:15 AM

Daniela Vega made Oscar history as she became the first openly transgender woman to present at the Academy Awards. Vega, who starred in A Fantastic Woman, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, said: “Thank you so much for this moment. I want to invite you to open your hearts and your feelings to feel the reality, to feel love. Can you feel it?”

A shattering account of emotional acuity

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

THere are obvious similarities between Julian Barnes''s new novel, The Only Story, and his 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning, The Sense of an Ending. One might even go as far as to call them companion pieces.

Deconstructing Macron

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

The year 2016 witnessed unsettling surprises. The UK decided to exit European Union in a miscalculated Brexit referendum that cost Prime Minister David Cameron his job.

A bridge across languages

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

In the 70-year history of Sahitya Akademi, Madhav Kaushik is the second Hindi writer to rise to the level of the vice-president.

A fresh take on peninsular India

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

Coromandel is a highly refreshing albeit ‘personal’ account of the Indian peninsula to the south of the Narmada. Author Charles Allen’s travel experience, combined with thorough research, outlines the forces, mainly religious, which helped shape the multifarious aspects of South Indian society.

Writing her ticket to tinseltown

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

Malini agarwal is the creator of the popular Bollywood site, Miss Malini.

Tales in between the lines

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

Prime Minister Birendra Pratap Singh is assassinated at the Ramlila Ground, in New Delhi, a favourite stomping ground for politicians and a nightmare for those sworn to protect them, the Special Protection Group (SPG), and other allied agencies down the pecking order.

04 Mar 2018

Complexity called Kashmir laid bare

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

The ‘Kashmir issue’ — a deceptively simple term used for intricate political, religious and territorial complexities besetting a region disputed since 1947. The “issue” is not just restricted to the conflict between India and Pakistan but carries within its fold layers of irreconcilable differences and ideologies of people on either side of the border.

Life in the maze of reality

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

IT is one of those books that has the stamp of the author in its every chapter. The graphic details are dotted with interesting trivia about trees and flora, reflecting Pratima Srivastava’s interest in the arena as the jacket tells us that she is an officer with the Indian Forest Service.

Voices of the stronger sex

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

Women authors have been at the forefront of literary creation since eons. The Rig Vedas, looked upon as revered texts, have as many as 20 women attributed with the composition of many of their hymns.