As Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi turns 20, a look at how it shaped Star India's profile, and that of Hindi TV
Sometime in February or March of 2000 Ekta Kapoor pitched the idea of a daily prime-time soap, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The idea: examine what happens when a daughter-in-law becomes a mother-in-law.
Cold shoulder to the Aussies, childhood memories with friends and more in excerpts from ‘The Dhoni Touch’
The following excerpts from the book The Dhoni Touch by Bharat Sundaresan talk about his leadership during the 2008 Commonwealth Bank Series finals, as well as anecdotes from his visits to his hometown of Ranchi and more.
From colonial Manipur's lesser-known history, the tale of a princess and British political agent's unlikely romance
In her Sahitya Akademi Award-winning book The Princess and the Political Agent, author Binodini chronicles the love story of Manipur princess Sanatombi and British colonel Maxwell that unfolded following the events of the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891
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
Book Excerpt: In Locating World Cinema, MK Raghavendra examines the role of socio-cultural context in a film's creation
MK Raghavendra's Locating World Cinema: Interpretations of Film as Culture highlights the importance of understanding the local context within which a film was created and the ensuing naunces it conveys to viewers.
'There was an air of freedom in the country': Arun Jaitley on post-Emergency euphoria, in posthumously published book
With a foreword by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Juggernaut Books has posthumously published Arun Jaitley's A New India: Selected Writings 2014 — 19. Read an excerpt here.
How the 'colonial imposition' of secularism on India prophesied its erosion with the end of British rule
In Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in India, advocate and author Abhinav Chandrachud explores how India aspired to become a secular country and argues that this secular structure was an unnatural foreign imposition on a conquered people by a colonial power.
When Asaram Bapu was arrested, Narayan Sai burst into the limelight with vigour. He was forty-one at the time, born in January 1972. Asaram’s closest aides handled all the work that needed to be done managing the godman’s empire, while Narayan Sai started to appear in the media. Read an excerpt from Ushinor Majumdar's book God of Sin.
Read an excerpt from Debasish Das' book on the Red Fort, a narrative that looks beyond the monument's architecture
In Red Fort: Remembering the Magnificent Mughals writer Debasish Das presents a multi-faceted cultural history of the Mughals. The following excerpt is taken from the chapter 'The Fort as a Spatial Representation of Mughal Heirarchy' and discusses how different apartments of the Fort were synchronised to suit the Emperor's daily routine.
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.
Book excerpt: Chintan Chandrachud chronicles ten momentous legal cases from India, erased from public memory
Read an excerpt from The Cases That India Forgot by constitutional expert Chintan Chandrachud which details ten impactful, dramatic legal cases, spanning from the 1950s to the present day, that have become erased from public memory.
Madrasas in India: How 1857, British crackdown on Muslims led to founding of pioneering Darul Uloom Deoband
Through bonafide stories of products of madrasas, the authors of a new book narrate the decline of the madrasas from being centres of excellence to institutions of restricted learning with dark clouds of stigma surrounding them.
Taut and luminous, graceful and wild, Suncatcher is a poignant coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings.
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.
The effect of global warming and deforestation is felt more across the high ranges of Kerala situated in the Western Ghats.
Sketches: The Memoir of an Artist is the intimate memoir of renowned artist KM Vasudevan Namboodiri. The book is interspersed with his sketches and translated into English by Gita Krishnankutty.
Megha Rao on her new book Music to Flame Lilies, 'art for life’s sake' and the moral responsibility of artists
Megha Rao is a 23-year-old author, poet and artist who has recently released her third novel Music to Flame Lilies. In an interview with Firstpost, Rao talks about the book, and the power of art to save and uplift lives.
Book excerpt: Love in the Time of WhatsApp and Other Stories examines the idea of intimacy in the age of technology
Read an excerpt from Love in the Time of WhatsApp and Other Stories, which is a collection themed around examining the changing ideal of love because of technology.