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29 Jul 2018

Watchdog of democracy

29 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

RTI, the master key that unlocks every almirah of a government office where information concerning citizens is tucked away from the prying eyes, is a preserve of the determined lot.

A past that doesn’t leave

29 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

Pakistani Punjabi writer Maqsood Saqib has been very active in the promotion of Punjabi language in West Punjab (Pakistan), where it has remained eclipsed by Urdu, an imported language.

Audacity hinging on lunacy

29 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

The Kargil conflict was the Pakistan army’s fourth blunder in half a century.

A glorious empire that once was

29 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

For those keen on understanding the rise of Sikh empire, Col Kuldeep S Dosanjh’s book is a good read.

The magic vanishes

29 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

Magic, fantasy, mayajaals and indrajaals — this book offers fascinating insights into the history of magic that has faded from popular memory, but is no less significant a part of the Indian cultural inheritance.

Wild about the wild

29 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

The author has compiled several wildlife experiences that she and her herpetologist husband Romulus Whitaker or Rom had as conservationists, environmentalists, consultants, wild-life film producers and hands-on animal adventurers in this sequel to the book of the same title.

Iron Lady’s conscience keeper

29 Jul 2018 | 2:03 AM

Better known as late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s powerful principal secretary, Parameshwar Narain Haksar was also a leader in his own right, unflinching in his loyalties, but brutally honest with his opinions.

22 Jul 2018

Singing paeans to PeeCee

22 Jul 2018 | 2:00 AM

Inspirational stories, especially when these involve glamourous, talented, articulate stars, who are also connected with social causes and are savvy at handling the media and the social media are inherently popular with readers.

The ways of the middle class

22 Jul 2018 | 2:00 AM

“Socrates lives not by ideas alone but by practice of those ideas.

Delve into the world of kings and spies

22 Jul 2018 | 2:00 AM

History is replete with stories for the fertile brain, but only a perspicacious mind can go a step further to fictionalise them and present tales that delight.

An ominous sense of déjà vu

22 Jul 2018 | 2:00 AM

The Emergency marked a watershed in the history of independent India.

The feminine face of Indian insurgency

22 Jul 2018 | 2:00 AM

Most discourses on counter-insurgency view women insurgents as ‘victims’ of male cadres who not only instrumentalised women into their cause but also victimised women cadres with sexual exploitation and aggression.

15 Jul 2018

Remembrance of things past

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

Certain books come with their own expectations and they never disappoint, especially the ones that flow from the magical pen of Dr B N Goswamy.

Ready reckoners on parenting

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

Teenage is a time of doubtfulness, identity crisis and swinging between overconfidence and a complete lack of it.

The curve of diversity

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

The Himalayan Arc is a collection of 29 miscellaneous fictional, personal, poetic, prosaic writings that veer around food, history, landscapes, geographies, persons and places in the Himalayan Arc.

Benazir could have resolved Kashmir issue

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

It was during her years of self-exile in London that my university friendship with Benazir Bhutto matured into a stronger and closer bond.

The monkey man who made sense

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

Rauf Ali was born in a family of privilege with proclivity for intellectual, natural history pursuits.

08 Jul 2018

Being You

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

Self-deprecation has become a favourite among millennials. As if it''s not enough for other people to tell you that you''re doing things wrong, you have to do it yourself too.

What makes life possible

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

Sometimes your interaction with others — whoever he or she may be, whatever be the age — can have a great impact on your thought process and action.

Revisiting memories in old lanes

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

Death and destruction are perhaps in the core of Delhi’s DNA, for it is situated on the bank of the Yamuna, which is called ‘Yami’ in Hindu mythology and happens to be the twin sister of Yama, the god of death.

Women of Mughal Empire, unveiled

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

Conventional history writers, by and large, have not recorded the contribution of women in society and therefore their role has mostly gone unnoticed.

Into the heartland of insurgencies

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

Part novel, part travelogue, part journal and part memoir; Avalok Langer’s first book, In Pursuit of Conflict, explores the world beyond the Chicken’s Neck (the Siliguri corridor) and covers the author’s risky expeditions into the heartland of warlords and drug lords in Northeast India.

01 Jul 2018

Bring back the lost paradise

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

Saifuddin Soz.

Insipid tribute to a glorified past

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

The memoir by Rajyashree Kumari, daughter of Dr Karni Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner, Palace of Clouds delves into the life and times of five generations of the Bikaner royal family.

Of wait, loss & freedom

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live”, said Norman Cousins, journalist, author, professor and world peace advocate. He might as well have been talking about All the Lives We Never Lived, the latest offering by Anuradha Roy whose previous novel, Sleeping on Jupiter, was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker prize.

Killed by Right for being right

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

Gauri Lankesh did not start out like that though she had inherited iconoclasm from her father.

Corners of light and half-light

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

For all the analysis conducted down the decades, we really don’t know how memory works.

24 Jun 2018

Not your property

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

There is nothing intellectual about intellectual property rights (IPRs).

More queries about divinity answered

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

The celestial realm — with its multiple gods and goddesses having different roles and their numerous conflicts with evil ones — is not easy to fathom.

Close encounters with Ray’s fantasy world

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

Books on Satyajit Ray in the 21st century are bound to be a throwback to another era— a period in the second half of the last century when watching films was considered an artistic pursuit.

Surviving the big ‘C’

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

Cancer survivors do a couple of very important things when they jot down their struggle with the disease.

High expectations, low craft

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

The names of the two authors in golden letters attract the eye, even as the name of the book, in white text, comes at the bottom.

Transient ties, intransient happiness

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

The novel, Paper Marriage, by Nachhatar Singh Brar deals with a starkly real, though not rare, immigration trickery that many overseas Punjabis resort to.