Special Arrangement

Everyday life stories

V.P. Achan Kripasanam’s compilation of stories, Mazhakkottu shows his unfettered love for nature and life. He mixes emotions in all their finery with fluid use of words to shape a sensitive... »
LETTERS FOR A NATION — From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers 1947-1963: Edited by Madhav Khosla; Allen Lane/Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 7th floor, Infinity Tower, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon-122002. Rs. 599.

National, yet international

A compendium of letters written by Nehru to Chief Ministers shows the scale and power of his thinking »
DALITS AND ADIVASIS IN INDIA’S BUSINESS ECONOMY — Three Essays and An Atlas: Barbara Harriss-White with Elisabetta Basile, Anita Dixit, Pinaki Joddar, Aseem Prakash and Kaushal Vidyarthee; Three Essays Collective, B-957, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon-122017. Rs. 2000.

Caste and its triple role in the political economy

For long, I have realised India’s political economy cannot be explained in conventional sense rooted in Western tradition of analysis of capitalism and socialism. Almost every significant mind of... »
WOMEN AND LAW — Critical Feminist Perspectives: Edited by Kalpana Kannabiran; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 995.

Demolishing the claim for ‘gender-neutral’ laws

Barely a few weeks ago, a day quietly passed without getting the kind of attention it really deserved. On that day, men greeted each other on social networking sites, some even demanding a word... »

Rajesh Khanna

A star only too human

Yasser Usman’s book on Rajesh Khanna offers hitherto unheard stories of the actor »
December 13, 2014
Book review

Classic revisited

Most screenplay books tend to work best for film students, who first watch the films and then learn how the words have been translated onto the screen — the more complex a film, the more interesti... »
Nehru & Bose — Parallel Lives: Rudrangshu Mukherjee; Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 599.
December 8, 2014

Strong-willed men and the limits of friendship

The blurb declares ‘their lives could have no tryst’. Unfortunately such were the lives of two great men of India and as the author confesses in the introduction, this was not an easy book to writ... »
The Steradian trail; M.N. Krish, Westland, Rs. 295.
December 6, 2014

Racy read

This is yet another IIT novel but, unlike its predecessors, this one is not about campus capers, cross-culture romances or post-graduate suicides. M.N. Krish (an ex-IITian), leads the reader right... »
The Way Things Were; Aatish Taseer, Picador India, Rs. 699.
December 6, 2014

This country, these people

Aatish Taseer’s new book The Way Things Were is not so much about a family but about a nation and a language. It’s a paean to Sanskrit, written from the perspective of a passionate and ultim... »
Idris: Keeper of the Light; Anita Nair, Fourth Estate, Rs. 599.
December 6, 2014

Journeys galore

He knew the folly of having friends. Friendship was a responsibility; it demanded making an effort to nurture relations and never asking why. It meant expectations and subsequent disappointment... »
2014 The Election that changed India. by Rajdeep Sardesai.
December 6, 2014

Reign men

This book touches you like a soft breeze, elevates you only marginally, but holds you to your seat, often on the edge. Rajdeep Sardesai’s title — 2014: The Election that Changed India — sugg... »
A Bad Character; Deepti Kapoor, Penguin, Rs. 499.
December 6, 2014

Life in the fast lane

Delhi is a difficult city to live it, with its social norms, power centres and roundabouts. In 2000 — before the Metro that eventually managed to make commuting a comparative breeze — everyone drov... »
The Red Helmet, Deepika Shetty.
December 6, 2014

A desi decade

“Cigarette smoking can kill. This book won’t. Please don’t say you weren’t warned.” These words greet you at the start of Deepika Shetty's debut novel, The Red Helmet. It sets you up for the... »
CARTEL REGULATION — India in an International Perspective: Lovely Dasgupta; Foundation Books, 4381/4, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 995.
December 8, 2014

Regulating cartels: a legalistic view

The word ‘cartel’ inspires horror among the defenders of free trade. In their view, only a competitive economy in which enterprises compete, erect no barriers to entry, and in which prices are det... »
The Bone Clocks; David Mitchell, Sceptre, Rs. 699.
December 6, 2014

Leap of faith

In his most recent work, David Mitchell tells a story in six narratives, with great leaps of time between them. We start at a small Irish town in 1984 and end in the same place far in the future, w... »
Hangwoman; K.R. Meera, Trs. J. Devika, Penguin, Rs. 699.
December 6, 2014

And thereby hangs a tale

In his 1928 book, A Handbook on Hanging, Charles Duff, an officer in the British Merchant Navy, argued that capital punishment is brutal killing, regardless of the claims of its deterrent ef... »
The House with the Green Roof; Ashish Vikram
December 6, 2014

People and lives

A book is almost always like a movie. It plays in your head as you lap up the sentences and images. This is what Ashish Vikram’s The House with the Green Roof attempts to do. Veenu, a young... »
Views and Reviews; M.S. Nagarajan, Ennes, price not stated.
December 6, 2014

Essaying it with style

Did Naipaul transcend the colonial self? Did Shakespeare actually produce that prodigious and peerless body of work all by himself? Does a classic define itself merely by surviving? Nagarajan disti... »
Matabele Dawn; Saad Bin Jung, Rs. 449.
December 6, 2014

Ancient vibes

Two things are very clear from Saad Bin Jung’s Matabele Dawn — the author has an incredible love for culture and history, and he goes out of his way to paint a picture so vivid, that the rea... »
Chronicles of Urban Nomads; Ed. Sutapa Basu.
December 6, 2014
At a glance

Snappy shorts

A short story is, often, the toughest form of storytelling. It has to be concise, yet replete with just enough detail; not too long winding, yet not too short. And when it comes to an anthology of... »

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »