Nayanjot Lahiri: The Time Keeper

FOR THE SERIOUS academic historian that she is, Nayanjot Lahiri, author of works as stellar as Ashoka in Ancient India and Finding Forgotten Cities: How the Indus Civilization was Discovered, has reason to contend, perhaps with a slight sense of guilt, that her latest work is a “light-hearted” one. Or perhaps more than guilt, it could be her … Continue reading Nayanjot Lahiri: The Time Keeper

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Kannur: Inside India’s Bloodiest Revenge Politics (Penguin Viking)

A sleepy coastal district in the scenic south Indian state of Kerala, Kannur has metamorphosed into a hotbed of political violence in the past few decades. Even as India heaves into the age of technology and economic growth, the town has been making it to the national news for brutal murders with sickening regularity. What … Continue reading Kannur: Inside India’s Bloodiest Revenge Politics (Penguin Viking)

A Lit Fest on Palace Grounds Gives Thiruvananthapuram a New Cultural Elan

OVER THE PAST many decades, Thiruvananthapuram has earned a name for playing the perfect host to film festivals that invariably attract crowds from across the state, from as far as Kerala’s northernmost district, and even from metros across the world. South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk is a household name in this part of the country. … Continue reading A Lit Fest on Palace Grounds Gives Thiruvananthapuram a New Cultural Elan

Tariq Ali Resurrects Lenin from the Distortions of History (Book Review)

The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution | Tariq Ali | Verso | 384 Pages | Rs 1,750 SOVIET-ERA PUBLICATIONS have for long offered us a highly truncated picture of Vladimir Lenin. Besides those endless hagiographies, I remember reading one book that was slightly different for the age before the fall of the … Continue reading Tariq Ali Resurrects Lenin from the Distortions of History (Book Review)

The Making of ‘The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox’

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on the day Mahatma Gandhi was elected the Congress president for the first and the last time on December 25, 1924. But unlike most of his peers, the young Atal didn't think highly of the man who made a movement out of the Congress, which, before he took the helm … Continue reading The Making of ‘The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox’

The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox (Penguin Viking)

Publisher: Penguin Viking Release date: 25 December 2016 Buy the book on Amazon. (It is also available in Hindi and Marathi). Despite his grand ‘secular’ statements in Parliament that bordered on the Nehruvian, Atal Bihari Vajpayee has often taken brief excursions into the hardline camp. In 1983, he made an incendiary speech during the Assam elections in which the … Continue reading The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox (Penguin Viking)

I’m the Book: Karl Ove Knausgaard

Norwegians were lucky to have read local boy Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-part autobiographical novel, My Struggle, years earlier. His fans who read him in English—and that includes writers and critics the world over—have so far read only the first three volumes of his much celebrated work. As the fourth instalment, Dancing in the Dark, hits … Continue reading I’m the Book: Karl Ove Knausgaard