Articles by Partha P Chakrabartty
Dec 06, 2019
Hyderabad encounter killings achieve little more than satiating collective bloodlust, delaying meaningful action against rape cultureA move such as the Hyderabad encounter killings is not likely to make any significant dent in the problem of our country’s heinous rape culture.
Nov 21, 2019
Through her stories, 16-year-old Rudrakshi Bhattacharjee implored adults to lend an ear to adolescentsRudrakshi Bhattacharjee's This is How It Took Place is a collection of short stories written by the 16-year-old author, who passed away in 2017. Though the book has been endorsed by Jeet Thayyil, who calls the writer ‘Prodigious, gifted, precocious,’ many of the stories remain raw and uneven. And yet, the three stories that are truly complete — the title story, ‘A Vacancy’, and ‘La Mer’ — are enough to justify Thayyil’s blurb.
Nov 04, 2019
Reading Fikr Taunsvi's The Sixth River in 2019: Searing account of horrors of Partition resonates even todayThe first-person account of the Partition by Fikr Taunsvi, titled The Sixth River: A Journal from the Partition of India, refers to the five rivers of Punjab, to which a sixth river, that of ‘fire and blood’, was added during that bloody period. Maaz Bin Bilal’s translation brings this stunning account to readers in English, and does so at a time when those histories are repeating themselves.
Oct 10, 2019
World Mental Health Day 2019: A new book explores the many faces of depression and provides a wealth of resourcesReal Stories of Dealing with Depression is the first book in Simon and Schuster’s ‘Mindscape’ series. The book includes a set of first-person accounts and informative articles written by mental health professionals.
Oct 03, 2019
An Orchestra of Minorities review: Chigozie Obioma delivers a contemporary Nigerian tragedy through Igbo cosmologyChigozie Obioma, whose first novel, The Fishermen, was selected as a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2015, has made it back to the 2019 shortlist with his latest effort, An Orchestra of Minorities.
Sep 23, 2019
Facing the Mirror: 20 years after the lesbian anthology was first published, it remains a riveting readFacing the Mirror takes us back in time to give us an unfiltered part of lesbian history, with some of the earliest articulations of lesbian experience in independent India.
Sep 13, 2019
Making of an audiophile part 6: Bluetooth DACs explained, and why you'd want oneThe Fiio BTR3 and the EarStudio ES100 are great choices for an entry-level Bluetooth DAC/Amp.
Sep 09, 2019
How Babu Bangladesh! combines unfiltered history with imagination, style to create compelling literatureNumair Atif Choudhury’s novel, Babu Bangladesh!, which has been shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2019, pretends to be a biography of a Bangladeshi politician. Choudhury conjures nostalgia — evocative of youth and deep love of one’s homeland — and places it amid the squalid and terrible politics, the massacres and the disappearances.
Sep 07, 2019
Kiran Nagarkar dies at 77: For many, the passing of the icon began many months before his deathSome will say that Nagarkar’s death is not the occasion to speak of all this. And yet, if there is one lesson to draw from death, it is that no one is indispensable in the dance of existence.
Aug 26, 2019
Prof Arvind Sharma on how history suggests religious tolerance leads to peace, prosperityProf Arvind Sharma's latest book is a comprehensive and encyclopedic survey of the concept of tolerance in the texts, philosophies and histories of ten major religions.