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Book Review | Why I decided to pen down the story of Rezang La

In 2018, when the thought occurred to me about writing a book on the Rezang La battle, it came to me as an epiphany

16 Sep 2021 1:06 AM

Ambedkar’s Buddha inspires me more than Gandhi’s: Jairam Ramesh

I connect more with Ambedkar’s social revolutionary Buddha than Gandhi’s spiritual teacher, says Jairam Ramesh

13 Sep 2021 6:47 PM

Book Review | Rare and inspiring accounts from the 1971 war theatres

A serious drawback for India is that for over 74 years since its independence, its actual history has not been taught in school

12 Sep 2021 2:32 AM

Book Review | An immigrant’s progress and other scoops from Old Blighty

Did Ronald Reagan really think after seeing Attenborough’s film that Indira Gandhi was the Mahatma’s daughter?

12 Sep 2021 2:30 AM

Book Review | Smell the spirit of Bombay in the margins of these gritty stories

Potkar’s book with its exquisite use of catalogue, language that soothes and stabs, and sharp observations, is a sumptuous read

12 Sep 2021 1:28 AM


Book Review | When memory refracts into gripping fiction

It is the story of a 15-year-old bride in 1929 and her 18-year-old great grandson

29 Aug 2021 1:43 AM

Book Review | Finely rendered study of grief offset by predictable politics

The narrative deliciously dips into different times in the characters’ lives, never disrupting the flow

29 Aug 2021 1:27 AM

Book Review | Trippy reverie on Stalinism, sexism, Delhi and death of the soul

It is also an account of how group rights come to impinge on individual freedoms

29 Aug 2021 1:08 AM

Book review | Unbearable old secrets from a desi mom’s diary

While real life diaries are fascinating, fictional diaries can be just as engrossing

15 Aug 2021 2:52 AM

Book review | Spirit wins in this fine portrait of the capital in more innocent times

Today the changing power equations and the social churning have thrown up a new elite

15 Aug 2021 2:25 AM


Book review | A full and impartial political biography of Gwalior’s ‘First Citizens’

Kidwai is not afraid to write on the dubious role played by the Royal House of Gwalior during the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny

15 Aug 2021 1:36 AM

Book Review | Achievements in India’s defence research despite many odds

The Defence Science Organisation was formed in 1956 for initiating studies and development of futuristic weapon systems

01 Aug 2021 2:11 AM

Book Review | What it means to be a family and other profound secrets

During her visit to Banaras, Yamuna manages to sneak some family letters from her grandfather’s files

01 Aug 2021 2:10 AM

Book Review | Clear-eyed and engrossing look back at six Indian medical pioneers

To her credit, Kavitha Rao’s Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine steers clear of such predilections

01 Aug 2021 2:08 AM

Book Review | An economist's cheeky jottings on bureaucracy's quirks, World Bank

He is a delightful raconteur whose diary straddles many walks of life

01 Aug 2021 1:03 AM


A melange of insights that elate and sadden

Sen uses his voice to bring home every atrocity we have wrought on this planet, on ourselves and our lives

18 Jul 2021 2:43 AM

The humour and romance of being in Karuthupuzha

The Oracle of Karuthupuzha has all the elements to make it the perfect book of fiction to ‘escape’ into during a pandemic

18 Jul 2021 1:49 AM

Muslims are ‘geographical Hindus’

For dialogue to succeed between Muslims and RSS-oriented Hindus, it is imperative for both sides to admit that there exist misgivings

18 Jul 2021 1:41 AM

Congruity, not clash, of civilisations is at root of Sen’s academic vision

He found distinguished Cambridge economists less concerned about issues like inequality, poverty and exploitation

18 Jul 2021 1:19 AM

Book Review | ‘Many of us drift into friendships, but Ram takes his very seriously’

Over the last twenty years I have known Ram in various guises, but there are earlier incarnations that I could not know

04 Jul 2021 3:49 AM