BOOKS & IDEAS

Reading Kalidasa in the time of climate change

Being a diplomat is a fulltime job, in which Abhay K., an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, spends most of his working hours. Like all diplomats and indeed the rest of us, he manages to make time for something that he finds as important as the

A collection of stories to savour, for daughters of all ages

When Mommy was a Little Girl Edited by Pranav Kumar Singh Illustrated delectably by Abhilasha Khatri Ponytale Books, 152 pages, Rs 299 When Sasha was growing up in Russia, she would of

The first user-friendly pictorial field guide to the trees of Arunachal Pradesh

‘Trees of Arunachal Pradesh: A Field Guide’ is a first-of-its kind pictorial guide for a wide audience. A visually rich book that will help you to efficiently and easily identify trees of this region. Biologists from the Nature Conserv

Covid conundrum: Where exactly does all the government money go?

COUNTDOWN Can India Rebound from the Meltdown of the Century? By Anshuman Tiwari and Anindya Sengupta Bloomsbury, 268 pages, Rs. 799

‘Classified’, a scintillating expose of the ISRO spy story

Classified: Hidden Truths in the ISRO Spy Story By J. Rajasekharan Nair Srishti Publishers, 280 pages, Rs 350 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was rocked by a spy case in 1994, taking dow

“But for Nehru’s non-alignment, India would’ve been where China is today”

Dark Secrets: Politics, Intrigue and Proxy Wars in Kashmir By Iqbal Chand Malhotra Bloomsbury, 277 pages With his latest work, ‘Dark Secrets’, scholar and media personality Iqb

Bill Gates, charity and the dilemma of already successful people

Mantra and the meaning of Success By Rajesh Talwar Bridging Borders, 288 pages Rajesh Talwar, who works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, has written 31

An inquisitive reader’s guide to Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas

Essence of the Fifth Veda By Gaurang Damani Divine Destination, 234 pages, Rs 350

Humility: Going beyond binaries to deliver justice to tribals

Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion [Part of ‘Rethinking India’ series] Edited by Abhay Flavian Xaxa and G.N. Devy Penguin, xxvi+182 pages, Rs 699 ‘Being Adivasi: Existenc

How to raise a gender-sensitive generation

Awakening the Rainmaker: A Guide to Gender Equality By Nishtha Anand Bloomsbu

Ashis Nandy: A celebration and a guide to the perplexed

Modernity, its Pathologies and Reenchantments Edited by Shail Mayaram Orient BlackSwan,

The inimitable life and times of Nandshankar

Nandshankar: A Portrait in Nineteenth-century Surat By Vinayak Nandshankar Mehta Translated from the original Gujarati by Radhika Jayakar Herzberger

Tagore-Gandhi: Two journeys that forged a common path

Tagore & Gandhi: Walking Alone, Walking Together By Rudrangshu Mukherjee Aleph, 186 pages, Rs 699 Two men born in the 1860s, more than anybody else, gave us an idea of India, an idea of wh

How Homo Sapiens urbanised in the blink of an evolutionary eye

Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time By James Suzman Bloomsbury, 464 pages

Five Ws of Gandhi assassination

The Murderer, the Monarch and the Fakir: A New Investigation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination By Appu Esthose Suresh and Priyanka Kotamraju HarperCollins, 240 pages, Rs 399

The wisdom of why you can’t step in the same river twice

ANITYA By Gayatri Jayaraman Hachette / 196 pages / Rs. 399 On attaining enlightenment, the Buddha delved in that state for several weeks, before choosing to share the liberating knowledge wit

A deeply felt meditation on girlhood

GIRLHOOD By Melissa Febos Bloomsbury / 336 pages Melissa Febos wowed readers and critics with her ‘Whip Smart: A Memoir’ (2010). It was followed up by another collection, ‘Ab

How foreign policy has been Modi’s focus right from the start

The Midway Battle: Modi’s Roller-coaster Second Term By Gautam Chintamani Bloomsbury / 400 pages / Rs 699 Gautam Chintamani, a film historian and author, has penned an in-dep

A counter-terrorism thriller that’s also insider story beyond headlines

OPERATION TROJAN HORSE By D.P. Sinha and Abhishek Sharan Paperback | Rs 399 | 372 pages Espionage thrillers closely resembling tomorrow’s headlines are finally coming up in India too. He

Reading ‘Meghaduta’ in the times of climate change

Kalidasa’s Meghaduta: The Cloud Messenger Translated by Abhay K. Bloomsbury / 114 pages / Rs 399 ‘Meghduta’, a ‘messenger-poem’ of about 110 stanzas, is

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


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