THE MAKING OF EXILE — Sindhi Hindus and Partition of India: Nandita Bhavnani; Tranquebar Press, 61, Silverline Building, II Floor, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai-600095. Rs. 599.
THE MAKING OF EXILE — Sindhi Hindus and Partition of India: Nandita Bhavnani; Tranquebar Press, 61, Silverline Building, II Floor, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai-600095. Rs. 599.

When they had nowhere to go

A study of Sindhi Hindus during partition, when they were denied space in both their place of origin and refuge »
FOREST CONSERVATION CONCERNS IN INDIA: S. Shyam Sunder, S. Parameswarappa; Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh Publishers & Distributors of Scientific Books, 23-A, New Connaught Place, Dehra Dun-248001. Rs. 475.

Fresh perspective on forestry

Given that it is largely rooted in the past, the title of this book might be a bit misleading to those expecting a review of current forest conservation concerns in India and how to tackle them. N... »
EDUCATION IN COLONIAL INDIA — Historical Insights: Edited by Deepak Kumar, Joseph Bara, Nandita Khadria, Ch. Radha Gayathri; Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 4753/23, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 1250.

Colonial masters and native education

It is generally accepted that education was formally established in India in an organised fashion around 1500 BC. Over subsequent centuries the spread of education thrived to the extent that Nalan... »

Know your English — October 28, 2014

“You look really busy. I’ll come back later.” “No, no! Come on in! I could really use a break.” “Are all these files related to the project that you and your boss are working on?... »

Poems to the fore

‘I Muse’ presents a lesser-known facet of late Gita Iyengar »
Author Dan Brown
New Delhi, October 29, 2014

Dan Brown to deliver Penguin Annual Lecture in New Delhi, Mumbai

Celebrated author Dan Brown, who will deliver this year’s Penguin Annual Lecture here and in Mumbai next month, says he is excited about his India visit. “I visited India when I was 18 ye... »
Debutant novelist Kaushik Barua’s “Windhorse”, published last year, has etched a different streak
October 26, 2014

Treading many worlds

The number of English novels published in India has only swelled over the years. But not many from the pile have been able to survive the critical eye. Debutant novelist Kaushik Barua’s “Windhorse”... »
October 24, 2014

The compulsive browser: nature vs nurture

On the island of Jamaica is Accompong, a town founded by former slaves known as the Maroons. This group had fought a fierce war with the British to earn its emancipation. The Maroons owe their lin... »
Jean Paul Sartre
October 23, 2014

The philosopher who turned down the Nobel 50 years ago

In this age in which every winning author knows what is necessary in the post-award trial-by-photoshoot, how lovely to recall what happened on 22 October 1964, when Jean-Paul Sartre turned down th... »
October 23, 2014

Collector’s items

KALAIMAGAL It is commendable that Kalaimagal has maintained the standard of its Deepavali special. Short stories have always been a high poi... »
JAIPUR, October 21, 2014

Jaipur Lit Fest’s contest for young writers

The Jaipur Literature Festival has announced a new annual writing competition for budding authors.Supported by Teamwork Arts, producers of the Festival, the competition is open to applicant... »
FORGED IN CRISIS — India and the United States Since 1947: Rudra Chaudhuri; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 699.
October 21, 2014

Ties untrammelled by crises

The five-day visit to the United States by the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi is being passed off as a new chapter in bilateral relations. On the one hand it is tempting to make the argu... »
Democratizing Forest Governance in India: Edited by Sharachandra Lele, Ajit Menon; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 495.
October 21, 2014

New arrivals: English books

Community, Memory and Migration in a Globalizing World — The Goan Experience, C.1980-1980: Maregret Frenz; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001.... »
At the book launch
October 19, 2014

A sting in the tale

To make his second novel titled, “Tamanna: A true story of forbidden love”, sound authentic, Tejeshwar Singh, a Delhi-based proprietor of a software consultancy firm, took the bold decision of maki... »
October 19, 2014

The challenge of caste

Reading, for the voracious, is often like a good cup of tea. It is light, comforting and warm and lifts up your spirits on a bad day. Often, as you discover yourself and your interests evolve, you... »

Very Exciting Really Smooth Expressions

A mini-empire of books

Telling it as it is

Hindi Belt: A different life in letters

On the trail of a poet and scholar

A novel Flanagan was ‘born to write’

Happy Birthday, Plum!

Peter Carey bemoans expansion of Booker prize to US authors

Author Chetan Bhagat. Photo: S. Subramanium
Mumbai, October 29, 2014

On a break from writing, Chetan Bhagat talks fashion, style

Engineer and investment banker-turned-author Chetan Bhagat, now considered a bestselling novelist is taking a break from writing to dwell on “completely new” things.“I am very tired of writ... »
Richard Flanagan.
October 25, 2014

A journey into humility

Richard Flanagan is nothing if not a man of his word. When his incredibly personal novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, he said, “Wr... »
Author Ajeet Kaur, founder of Academy for Fine Arts and Literature. Photo: V. V. Krishnan
October 24, 2014

The many layered world of Ajeet Cour

I had been a long distance admirer of her craft for many years; my opinion formed on the basis of a short story here, another one there. And often heard her name whispered with natural reverence in... »
Navamadhyamangalude Puthiya Aakashangal
Thiruvananthapuram, October 23, 2014

What’s inside

New age media Analysis of trends in journalism, covering web journalism, social media, and citizen journalism, and how all the above have changed the scope of journalism. Nava... »
Rajam Krishnan
October 23, 2014

Rajam Krishnan: A Relentless Raconteur

I think a writer dies when he/she stops writing. The common phenomenon of death does not apply to them. Rajam Krishnan, (1925-2014) once prolific and a writer with a mission and purpose passed away... »
RECASTING CASTE — From the Sacred to the Profane: Hira Singh; Sage Publications India Ltd., B1/I-1 Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 795.
October 21, 2014

Profaning the allegedly religious

Hira Singh knows whereof he speaks. Born and brought up in a village in eastern Uttar Pradesh where caste shaped and determined all of life as if it were the natural order of the universe,... »
CLEAR.HOLD.BUILD — Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India: Sudeep Chakravarti; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 599.
October 21, 2014

Documenting rights violations by businesses

“During 2014, major companies from emerging economies will face increasing questions about how they are seeking to implement the responsibility to respect human rights. They will need to provide s... »
October 21, 2014

Know your English — Difference between ‘impersonate’ and ‘mimic’

What is the difference between ‘impersonate’ and ‘mimic’? (Smarti Sarang, Lucknow) Both words can be used to mean to imitate, but ‘impersonate’ is considered to be the for... »
Saheli Mitra's debut novel Lost Words, a romantic thriller, tells its story through a series of letters.
October 19, 2014

For love of a letter

Letters from yesterday. Faded ink and sepia tones. An isthmus between two people that holds stories of a time gone by on its brittle pages. Letters may have been replaced by less romantic fo... »
October 19, 2014

The big picture

Every bibliophile will have their own story of how their favourite books have found a place on their shelves. From finding books on trains, planes and automobiles (often the loss of a book becomes... »

A passage through India

At home with books

Pursuing marital bliss

Going Native: Candid moments

Tamil poet Iqbal named for Singapore’s highest cultural award

Out of the shadows

Australia’s Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize with war story

I had been a long distance admirer of her craft for many years; my opinion formed on the basis of a short story here, another one there. And often heard her name whispered with natural reverence in... »

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