Mayank Gandhi's AAP & Down is an insider's account of the rise and unravelling of Arvind Kejriwal's party
Mayank Gandhi's book is an absorbing, objective story of the meteoric rise of AAP, the loss of its moorings and speedy unravelling
Dhiraj Nayyar’s new book shows Narendra Modi's understanding of markets is in no way inferior to that of his critics
Unlike his peers in academia or financial journalism who run down the Modi government’s demonetisation drive and GST roll out, Nayyar categorises these moves as “radical reforms” intended to benefit the economy in long run
The Jobs Crisis in India: An account of a real problem that some fail to understand, and some pretend not to
As the title suggests, Jagannathan admits the existence of a jobs crisis in the country, which needs to be seen in the backdrop of constant denials and playing down of this critical issue by many in the NDA-government and by right-leaning economists.
The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Raghu Chundawat's book raises valid concerns, but disappoints
The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park, by Raghu Chundawat is the story of a passionate wildlife scientist and one of the better-known tiger reserves in the country.
The Unending Game: Ex-spymaster Vikram Sood’s book is a treatise on espionage marked by understated brilliance
In The Unending Game, former R&AW chief Vikram Sood paints a panoramic view of espionage, traces it through its Cold War roots, introduces us to the shadowy cabal of intelligence, ‘star moles’ of CIA, KGB, MI6, secret groups, and then brings us to the present before hand-holding us through to the future.
Who Owns that Song? brings to life 'unsung poet' Subramania Bharati, copyright issues surrounding his work
In this book, Subramania Bharati is not the hero— his life is simply the explanation for why his poems became important to the Tamil people | #FirstCulture
In Jasoda, Kiran Nagarkar's wry humour, unsettling realism make for poignant story that satisfies — and disturbs
In his seventh book Jasoda, Kiran Nagarkar, one of India’s most highly regarded writers, returns to a landscape that both he and his readers are familiar with — Rajputana
A Higher Loyalty book review: No salacious details, James Comey offers a harsh criticism of Donald Trump
Donald Trump and James Comey have made their limited, narrow narratives all about themselves. In the first, Trump chooses to do so, in the other it was inevitable.
Dalit Panthers: An Authoritative History book review — JV Pawar documents facts, fanaticism and a movement against caste oppression
Translated to English from Marathi, JV Pawar's Dalit Panthers: An Authoritative History, is the first-hand documentation of how and why the movement of Dalit Panthers took shape in Maharashtra and how it spread across several Indian states from south to north
How India Became Democratic book review: Ornit Shani unravels how the first electoral rolls were made
How India Became Democratic reflects the socio-cultural peculiarities of pre-Independent India, a time when the idea of ‘one nation, one vote’ was path breaking | #FirstCulture
The genius of this unauthorised biography of Sanjay Dutt lies in in its choice of subject: A headstrong young man born to parents who were the nation's darlings (Nargis and Sunil Dutt) and went tumbling down a hedonistic spiral, collecting (and discarding) lovers, addictions and dangerous acquaintances along the way
Why I Am A Hindu: Shashi Tharoor's sentiments are those of a liberal trying to reclaim the religion from the fringe
Books such as Shashi Tharoor’s 'Why I am a Hindu' simply take sides in the Left vs Right unproductive struggle, without adding much of intellectual value to the socio-political issues confronting India today | #FirstCulture | #BookReview
How Jayant Kaikini's 'No Presents Please' escapes the mundanity of most other translated Indian fiction
A new collection of stories set in Mumbai, No Presents Please by Jayant Kaikini has just appeared in English translation (HarperCollins)
Husain: Portrait of an Artist book review — Ila Pal's biography offers new insights but fails to demystify painter
Ila Pal had both the access and the advantage of a ringside view to MF Husain's life for close to 50 years
The Last Battle of Saraighat offers a compelling and well-researched account of the BJP’s rise in the North-east
What makes Suresh Jindal’s account of the making of Shatranj Ke Khilari worth reading is the unique manner in which he gives an insight into the mind of the maestro Satyajit Ray
Orhan Pamuk's latest translated novel, The Red-Haired Woman, tells the story of Cem, a 16-year old student from Istanbul, apprenticed to a traditional well-digger
Novy Kapadia is a voice synonymous with Indian football
Shreevatsa Nevatia's debut novel How to Travel Light is a memoir of being bipolar, of travelling a route suffused with mania, cannabis, caffeine, and nicotine.
Financial 'wokeness' only strengthens women’s voices