BOOKS & IDEAS

Why Ayurveda needs a new apex body

Ayurveda: The True Way to Restore Your Health and Happiness By Dr. G. G. Gangadharan Ebury/Penguin, 224 pages, Rs 299 Dr G.G. Gangadharan, a champion of Ayurveda for three and a half decad

Making sense of the energy conundrum

Now that we’re here: The Future of Everything By Akshay Tyagi and Akshat Tyagi Penguin, 336 pages, Rs 299 How do you prepare for a future if you don’t know what it is? How do

Aadhaar and surveillance as governance

Shivangi Narayan’s ‘Surveillance as Governance: Aadhaar, Big Data in Governance’ is a valuable addition to the literature on the new identification system that is changing the architecture of state welfare schemes while also

‘What do they know of history who only history know?’

A Functioning Anarchy? Essays For Ramachandra Guha Edited by Srinath Raghavan and Nandini Sundar Penguin Random House India / 392 pages / Rs 650 In a long and versatile

I owe much in my life to writing: Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar’s new fiction, ‘How to Kill a Billionaire’, explores crime, law and redemption in a deeply flawed world. It’s a story of a billionaire’s son going missing, a young girl committing suicide after rape,

The year of living dangerously

India and the Pandemic: The First Year Essay from The India Forum Orient BlackSwan, 335 pages, Rs 695 It’s about time for the first anniversary. Just around this time last year, we were

Do you know these hidden forces behind your economic and business decisions?

Predictably Irrational By Dan Ariely Harper Perennial, 384 pages, Revised edition: 2010 In this meticulously researched work, Israel-American psychologist and behavioural economist Da

Genius of Ghalib, equally at home in solving murder mystery

Murder at the Mushaira By Raza Mir Aleph / 344 pages / Rs 799 While Indian-English writing has achiev

An anthropologist on moral life in a Delhi colony

Textures of the Ordinary: Doing Anthropology After Wittgenstein By Veena Das Orient BlackSwan, 410 pages, Rs 1,350 Veena Das, a well-known theorist, has launched a fascinating project: st

If Bharata Muni watched European thrillers…

Cinema Through Rasa A Tryst with Masterpieces in the Light of Rasa Siddhānta By Prachand Praveer Translated by Geeta Mirji Narayan from the Hindi original (‘Abhinava Cinema’) DK P

Gems, rare and otherwise, of Indian-English prose, finally in one place

The Book of Indian Essays: Two Hundred Years of English Prose Edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Black Kite in association with Ashoka University and Hachette India, 446 pages, Rs 699 In the 1

How the colonial rulers combated “this insidious and growing danger” of dust and smoke

Dust and Smoke: Air Pollution and Colonial Urbanism: India, c. 1860-1940 By Awadhendra Sharan Orient BlackS

JNU as a state of mind

JNU Stories:  The First 50 years Edited by Neeladri Bhattacharya, Kunal Chakrabarti, S. Gunasekaran, Janaki Nair and Joy L. K. Pachuau Aelph / xl + 468 pages / Rs 999 Many love it, some h

Story of an incredible political jugalbandi, with all colour and drama

Jugalbandi: The BJP Before Modi By Vinay Sitapati Penguin Random House, xiv+410 pages, Rs 799 The love and respect India has for the first prime minister, Pandit Jawahlal Nehru, had largely re

How Gita can help you address challenges of life

Finding Meaning in Life with the Bhagavad Gita By Neema Majumdar, Nandini Mirani & Saloni Jhaveri Aleph, xv+152 pages, Rs 399 Neema Majumdar, Nandini Mirani and Saloni Jhaveri, all

How RBI officer Giridharan wrote his debut mystery

The first mystery about the mystery writer R Giridharan is this: how does he manage to accomplish much in the same 24 hours? He, as the publishers’ note says, “churns out murder mysteries both in the form of books and screenplays&rdquo

“‘Cultivate the timeless’, is something I wish to suggest to you”

Ramchandra Gandhi: Talks and Writings Edited by A. Raghuramaraju Orient BlackSwan, xxxiv+274 pages, Rs 995 Epithets like ‘maverick’ were coined precisely for people like Ramcha

“Self-built, incremental housing by people themselves should be encouraged”

Home. One word with so many connotations. For urban poor women, shelter is the answer to a wide range of problems, and the single solution to a better future. For the women working in the informal sector, as maids or street vendors, the living pla

Who were braver – the British Indian Army or the INA soldiers?

THE VANISHING OF SUBHASH BOSE: THE MYSTERY UNLOCKED By Rajesh Talwar Kapaz Publications, 209 pages, Rs 250 The fate of Subhash Chandra Bose has long been an enigma. Now that the government has de

Advocating for Cities Where the Poor and Women Count

The Citymakers: How Women Are Building a Sustainable Future for Urban India, published by Hachette India this month, narrates the genesis and journey of the Mahila

Visionary Talk with Madhur Bhandarkar, National Award Film Maker



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