Pankaj Sekhsaria’s Nanoscale shines a light on how society influences research at India’s premier science institutes
Pankaj Sekhsaria takes us inside laboratories in India to show how the research inside these labs can’t be disconnected from the societal realities India lives with
In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor
In a conversation with Firstpost, Bhardwaj talks about his time living in India's Red Corridor, why a solution for the insurgency has not yet been achieved, and the State's apathy towards Adivasis
Read an excerpt from Dr Bonnie Henry's 'Soap and Water and Common Sense': Nothing is immune to Microbes Inc
In Soap and Water and Common Sense, Dr Bonnie Henry traces the evolution of common sicknesses and explains how staying healthy boils down to basic hygiene.
From Zadie Smith to Kevin Kwan, 2020 has exciting new titles by bestselling international authors lined up
With a slew of bestselling international authors announcing new titles for late 2020 or the first half of 2021, there will at least be a few good books to keep us company in our socially distanced lives.
A trip down memory lane: Seema Sonik Alimchand's biography of Rajendra Kumar fills important gaps in the superstar's life story
Jubilee Kumar: The Life and Times of a Superstar is more than worth a read as it recreates the aura and charm of a time when an unlikely star became the biggest box office phenomenon but never really made a big deal of it.
In The Lonely City, Olivia Laing draws unique parallels between artists, contemporaneously reflecting on her own experiences of feeling alienated in a city filled with too many people — who don’t have the luxury to take a moment to stop and correspond with another human being’s sadness.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Read an excerpt from Superbugs which outlines the difficulties of making antibiotics
There was no good way to predict who would contract an infection or who would succumb to the illness. We were all at risk because bacteria don’t discriminate — they attack all comers: the young, the old, and everyone in between, writes Dr Matt McCarthy, author of Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic
Sarah Pinto on the fascinating Indian dream analysis study that inspired her new book, exploring relationship between ethics and counter ethics
Pinto’s new book The Doctor & Mrs. A. is culled from conversations between Satya Nand and 'Mrs. A.', with a fascinating exploration of the relationship between ethics and counter ethics.
In The Machine is Learning, Tanuj Solanki navigates corporate India and the ripple effects of techno-capitalist advancements
Tanuj Solanki, with his third book The Machine is Learning, and after having won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, presents a rare macro picture of what advancement shifts or scrapes on the sides when it takes a step forward.
Steven Levy's Facebook delivers on expectations as it dives into the inside story of the tech giant and the people behind it
Sixteen years can seem like an eternity in the tech world, yet Facebook has managed to remain relevant despite all the zillion privacy scandals. All this, while ensuring it continues to remain a profit-generating machine. Veteran technology journalist and Wired’s editor-at-large Steven Levy explores just this journey in Facebook: The Inside Story.
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The mysterious ascent of Salar Jung I from obscurity to power: Read an excerpt from The Magnificent Diwan
Bakhtiar K Dadabhoy, author of The Magnificent Diwan, lays down the life and times of Salar Jung I, also providing a social and political history of Hyderabad, recounting how Salar Jung decisively shaped the city's politics and economics for almost three decades of the latter half of the 19th century.
Book excerpt: Ankur Bisen traces India’s continuing sanitation challenge, linking to its historical and cultural roots in his maiden effort
The book introduces the challenge of sanitation to the young India with an honest confession that the previous generation has goofed it up and that they have an opportunity to start on a clean slate
Book excerpt | These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light: Dharini Bhaskar's fiction debut navigates love, marriage, and family history
Dharini Bhaskar’s debut novel These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light, is a work of literary fiction that follows Deeya, who is living in a tolerable marriage, until Neil enters her life, offering her romance and a new identity.
Girl in White Cotton: Author Avni Doshi on the triggers, themes and processes that underlie her novel
UAE-based Avni Doshi’s debut novel Girl in White Cotton was released this year to critical acclaim in India. Reviewers noted the economy of the writing, the hard-hitting nature of the plot, as well as its architecture, comprising the haunting themes of identity and co-authorship of memory at the troubled centre of a mother-daughter relationship.
Author Jaithirth Rao on his new book about the history of Indian right-wing thought, and what makes him anxious as a conservative
Jaithirth Rao, the author of The Indian Conservative, holds that conservatives are opposed to revolutionary change, preferring the evolutionary variety.
Mihir Dalal on his new book about Flipkart's unlikely rise, and the bittersweet story behind its sale to Walmart
The story of Flipkart is the story of modern entrepreneurship in India. Journalist Mihir Dalal’s extensively researched new book, Big Billion Startup - The Untold Flipkart Story, tells one of the biggest corporate stories of modern India.
World Mental Health Day 2019: A new book explores the many faces of depression and provides a wealth of resources
Real 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.
Parashar Kulkarni on debut novel Cow and Company, fiction writing as therapeutic, and the language inequality in India
Author Parashar Kulkarni talks to Firstpost about his debut novel Cow and Company, his approach to fiction writing, and the language inequality prevalent in India.
Guiding readers through tackling the disruptive distractions one suffers in the face of rapidly growing technology, Nir Eyal's new book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life presents ways of taking back control of one's life.