Essays in this volume written by Thapar over fifty years of committed research explode the myth that India has had no sense of history or historical consciousness.
Essays in this volume written by Thapar over fifty years of committed research explode the myth that India has had no sense of history or historical consciousness.

How the past saw its past

Investigating historiography is a rigorous discipline that requires, as a first step, discovering how societies record and authenticate their past. »
The Camera as Witness. A Serial History of Mizoram, North east India. Author: Joy L.K. Pachuan and Willem van Schendel. Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release.

Tracing history through the lens

“A picture speaks more than a thousand words”. This adage is eloquently proved by this book on the social history of Mizoram. For generations, many historians have treated images as less... »

The First Firangis: by Jonathan Gil Harris; Aleph Book Company, New Delhi.

Motley migrants re-clothed as Indians

Jonathan Gil Harris is a firangi who has “become Indian”. Having lived here several years, he finds himself re-shaped by his Indian experience. Coping with the Indian weather and battlin... »


The courts and the demolition

Judicial decisions on the Ayodhya dispute in the last decade jettisoned the rule of law and canons of justice. »

Passion, izzat and Pakistani cricket

The enduring memory of Pakistan at the recently concluded World Cup was a spell by left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz. For a while, he terrorised the Australian all-rounder Shane Watson with a spate of b... »
May 21, 2015

Chilling truths about contemporary life

Manju Mannu Mauna, poems by Ted KooserTranslated by H.S. Raghavendra Rao, Abhinava, Rs. 75 Ted Kooser, one of the American poets who began writing poetry i... »
May 17, 2015

The essence of an intimate game

Cricket isn’t always about the big stage and shrill patriotism. It is also about freshly cut grass, maidans with multiple games, the club game, street rivalries, summer sweat and monsoon puddles.... »
May 3, 2015

How the sub-prime crisis unfolded

The first and second books in the trilogy traced the evolution of money through the era of commodities and even people being treated as money, the rise of gold as money during the World War II, th... »
Me Hijra, Me Laxmi; Laxmi,
trs. R. Raj Rao and P.G. Joshi, OUP,
May 2, 2015

Fiesty, defiant voice

Laxmi Tripathi’s autobiography Me Hijra, Me Laxmi delves into the many surreal worlds that she negotiates in her pursuit of an anti-essentialist (as Raj Rao aptly describes it in his Afterwo... »
April 25, 2015

Bombay cricket’s enduring romance

The romance of cricket in Bombay endures. Chasing dreams in the maximum city can be physically and mentally exhausting, yet the very nature of the journey can be captivating. Along the w... »
April 19, 2015

Towards new tomorrows

‘Poverty can be removed in ten years… Less than one-fourth of the total public outlay can remove poverty. Policy packages, including some land redistribution exist, but they will not be... »
April 16, 2015
Book review

A blend of Silpa and Agama Sastras

Within 10 chapters of the book, the author disseminated the meaning of many technical terms besides stating essential aspects illustrated in his own way for easy understanding of the subject.»
At the Helm — A Memoir: V. Krishnamurthy; Collins Business, A-75, Sector 57,
Noida-201301. Rs. 599.
April 11, 2015

A technocrat’s reminiscences

On the face of it, Karuveli, officially called Sarguneswarapuram, may appear to be yet another nondescript village of the old Thanjavur region.  But, this tiny village, now part of the Kodava... »
May 17, 2015

Caught in the Central Asian vortex

The Central Asian Republics (CARs) pose the most excruciating and complex challenges to Indian diplomacy judged whether by geo-strategic compulsions or by India’s energy concerns. Until the breakd... »
13oeb GANDHI
May 17, 2015

First encounter, lasting impressions

Is the first impression the lasting one? Well, Thomas Weber convinces you that it is in his erudite and well-researched work. His book makes one wonder how much stronger would be the experience of... »
Misplaced Objects and Other Poems;
K. Satchidanandan, Sahitya Akademi, Rs.150.
May 2, 2015

Into the heart of error

For the beautiful is nothingbut terror’s beginning, which we yet bear unbowed,and we marvel at it, as it calmly disdainsto disturb us.The Fir... »
April 25, 2015

Monetary policy, before and after crisis

The Great Recession which set in in 2007-08 claimed several victims on its way. Global banks considered “too-big-to-fall” looked meek. There were the fanciful products (derivatives in varied forms... »
April 25, 2015

Water wars and geopolitics

Water is the most essential resource next only to air; yet, over half of humanity continues to live in water-stressed conditions. This is because, while 70 per cent of the earth’s surface is water... »
April 19, 2015

Managing water needs statesmanship

This book deals with all aspects of water resources — irrigation, flood control, drinking water, groundwater, sustainability, climate change, resettlement and rehabilitation and the legal... »
Lohitadas: Orma Padanam Sambhashanam
Thiruvananthapuram, April 16, 2015
Book review

In the memory of Lohithadas

When Lohithadas died it was a shock. Then followed a flood of promises from his friends in the film industry to the government, who all swore assistance to his family. Time moved in one directi... »