BOOKS & IDEAS

Growing Up as a Multilinguist

Being and Becoming Multilingual: Some Narratives Edited by Rajesh Sachdeva and Ram

Not just another Manto anthology

The Collected Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto: Volume 1: Bombay and Poona Translated by Nasreen Rehman Aleph Book Company, 548 pages, Rs 999 There are writers, there are writers’ writers,

The Indian Muslim faces a conundrum. Here are the possible solutions

Unmasking Indian Secularism: Why We Need a New Hindu-Muslim Deal By Hasan Suroor

A century-old swashbuckling page-turner is an ‘amazing find’

The First World War: Adventures of Nariman Karkaria Translated by Murali Ranganathan With a Foreword by Amitav Ghosh HarperCollins, xxv+230 pages, Rs 599 With an explosive growth in pub

‘The Man Who Turned into Gandhi’: Story by Shovon Chowdhury

Truth Digger: The Best of Shovon Chowdhury Edited by Urmila Chowdhury and Sandipan Deb Aleph Books, 270 pages, Rs 499 When Shovon Chowdhury died in February last year, he was in his mid-fi

Why Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu are the two most joyful people on the planet

“Deep down we grow in kindness, when our kindness is tested.” ‘The Book of Joy’ (first published in 2016) introduces two prominent personalities, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and discu

Sardar Patel and the making of a new India: A diamond tycoon reminisces

Diamonds Are Forever, So Are Morals: Autobiography of Govind Dholakia As Told to Aru

Why petrol-diesel prices are high: Read this book to find the answer

Unfilled Barrels: India’s Oil Story By Richa Mishra Bloomsbury, 200 pages, Rs 699 Over the past month or so, the oil prices are on the rise again. The phenomenon is attributed to a

Mahabharata: Ways of reading the epic in our times

Mahabharata: The Epic and the Nation By G.N. Devy Aleph Books, 150 pages, Rs 499 The Mahabharata is one of the greatest literary masterpieces in the world, and for Indians, it is the ur-te

How to make elections more meaningful

The Power of the Ballot: Travail and Triumph in the Elections By Anil Maheshwari and Vipul Ma

Leveraging International Institutions to Address Casteism: The case of Ambedkar

During this Dalit History month, on the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Penguin Random House is releasing &lsqu

‘The Boy Who Wrote the Constitution’

How can we acquaint children better with the life of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar? How about a play on his

Why do we celebrate the Navaratri festival?

Hindus are celebrating the Navaratri festival these days. Known also as Navarātra, Mahānavamī, Durgā Pūjā an

Vishwanath, cricketers’ cricketer, is “human being first, cricketer next”

Wrist Assured: An Autobiography By Gundappa Vishwanath with R. Kaushik Rupa, 280 pages, Rs 595 Before there were masters, there was Gundappa Vishwanath. Most elegant batsman (batter was

Teen Choto Chamuch

Nautanki Saala and Other Stories By Mohua Chinappa OakBridge Publishing

On Women’s Day, reading for a more equal world

A World of Equals: A Textbook on Gender Edited by Susie Tharu, A. Suneetha and Uma Maheswari Bhrugubanda Orient BlackSwan, 170 pages, Rs

‘Do you know that India’s largest biopharma company was founded because of a gender bias?`

Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India By Kiran Manral Rupa Public

Who will win UP polls, why: This book can help you figure it out

From Lucknow to Lutyens: The Power and Plight of Uttar Pradesh By Abhigyan Prakash

Bangladesh at fifty: An anthology for scholars and readers alike

Bangladesh: Writings on 1971, Across Borders Edited by Rakhshanda Jalil and Debjani Sengupta Orient BlackSwan, Rs. 875.00, 292 pages

How the 99 percent live – and die

Faces of Inequality Stories of the Poor and underprivileged from India’s grassroots By Pradeep Baisakh Notion Press, Rs 350, 310 pages [

Visionary Talk: Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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