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  • January 29, 2023, Sunday

    Early globalisation and its discontents

    "Globalisation," as we call it today, was never universally beneficial or beloved, and underneath it coursed a growing discontent

  • January 26, 2023, Thursday

    RSS: A worm's eye view

    Devanura Mahadeva's book takes a critical look at the RSS and helps readers comprehend the founding principles of the ...

  • January 24, 2023, Tuesday

    Putin's war machine

    A military operation that was to last 10 days is now closing in on a year. Mark Galeotti's rigorous book offers a real-time ...

  • January 22, 2023, Sunday

    Exploited in America

    The book starts with love stories that introduce us to some of the men and explain why they're so desperate for work

  • January 18, 2023, Wednesday

    Quitting can be good for you

    Human beings find it hard to quit, but life is too short to be wasted on endeavours not worth sticking to. Annie Duke's book ...

  • January 16, 2023, Monday

    A spook reminisces

    In a country full of self-styled Kashmir and Pakistan experts, former R&AW chief A S Dulat's memoir can genuinely claim to be an ...

  • January 12, 2023, Thursday

    The Emperor syndrome

    Dominic Lieven's 'In the Shadow of the Gods' presents a breath-taking cavalcade of larger-than-life characters, many of whom have ...

  • January 10, 2023, Tuesday

    The Raja of Big Things

    An eminently readable book by Carnatic music-loving corporate honcho, Kamini Dandapani, delves into the life and influence of ...

  • January 08, 2023, Sunday

    A culinary tour of the Chinese diaspora

    From the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, perseverance, economic pragmatism and resourcefulness bind the lives of Chinese ...

  • January 05, 2023, Thursday

    Layers in the hijab debate

    The hijab has many layers. A collection of 17 essays, mostly from India and with some from Bangladesh and Iran, attempts to ...

  • January 03, 2023, Tuesday

    A minority report

    In its lucidly written detail, Half American is a valuable and eye-opening social history of the second World War from a uniquely ...

  • December 29, 2022, Thursday

    Mind the North-South gap

    Nilakantan RS' book explores the multidimensional gap between the two halves of India

  • December 27, 2022, Tuesday

    Lines of control

    We the People of the States of Bharat offers an excellent account of the considerations that have given the country its present ...

  • December 25, 2022, Sunday

    From pest to ecosystem engineer

    The writer Leila Philip adds to a genre of pro-beaver literature that turns out to be more populous than most of us may have

  • December 22, 2022, Thursday

    Line of duty

    Mr Raza is an author, consultant, and poetry aficionado who continues to write and work even in his eighties

  • December 20, 2022, Tuesday

    A closer look at 'quiet diplomacy'

    At a broader level Rahul Roy Chaudhary extols the UPA's role in projecting India as a significant player in a multipolar world, ...

  • December 18, 2022, Sunday

    A book of cheeky obituaries

    The obit goes on to say that his friends loved Mountgarret, because he was an entertaining character

  • December 15, 2022, Thursday

    Colonial crime and punishment

    Sunil Nair's collection of stories about crime in pre-independence India is a collage of micro pictures that takes us into the ...

  • December 13, 2022, Tuesday

    The gas-coal riddle

    Former coal secretary Anil Kumar Jain's book makes a strong case for using coal until renewable energy becomes ubiquitous in

  • December 08, 2022, Thursday

    Thought experiments about the human condition

    Neil deGrasse Tyson's collection of essays challenges common assumptions through counterfactual data and provocative thought ...

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    January 27, 2023, Friday

    A robust brew

    Author shows how the history of coffee is intertwined with histories of colonisation, indentured labour, war, migration, and ...

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    January 25, 2023, Wednesday

    Model mistakes

    Mathematical modelling is an indispensable analytical tool, but not always accurate. Erica Thompson's book takes a nuanced look ...

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    January 23, 2023, Monday

    Laws and the green movement

    When it comes to our environment, laws and policies have accomplished little by way of success. Environmental Law and Policy in ...

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    January 19, 2023, Thursday

    The nation as a 'continuous conversation'

    Through a series of essays, Rajeev Bhargava reflects on our times, what is good and bad, right and wrong. His book is a treatise ...

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    January 17, 2023, Tuesday

    Saving Asia from stalling growth

    Asia might not reach its full growth potential, argue the authors of The Connections World, thanks to the nexus between the state ...

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    January 15, 2023, Sunday

    Life and much death in the Amazon

    In "Masters of the Lost Land," Heriberto Araujo investigates a region where land and people are routinely sacrificed to greed and ...

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    January 11, 2023, Wednesday

    Living the life, energy efficiently

    For those looking to live a cleaner and greener life, Energy Efficiency Matters is a ready reckoner offering easy practical steps ...

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    January 09, 2023, Monday

    India's tryst with parliamentary democracy

    At a time when Parliament is about to be relocated to a new building, 'House of the People' offers an insightful look into the ...

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    January 06, 2023, Friday

    Late swing

    Wasim Akram's readable memoir reveals little that is new while strengthening the myths of old

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    January 04, 2023, Wednesday

    Taming the dragon

    Getting China Wrong is a succinct analysis of US policies towards China, what motivated them and how they failed. Besides ...

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    January 01, 2023, Sunday

    The art of 'achieving' humility

    In Praise of Failure is maddening, disturbing, exasperating, seductive

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    December 28, 2022, Wednesday

    Bitter medicine for pharma regulation

    The Gambian tragedy has raised uncomfortable questions about drug regulation in India. The Truth Pill is a depressing but ...

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    December 26, 2022, Monday

    'Insurgent' justice

    Human rights activist and lawyer K G Kannabiran's memoir, translated into English from Telugu by his daughter, is a book worth ...

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    December 23, 2022, Friday

    Harappa between the lines

    Nikhil Gulati and Jonathan Mark Kenoyer provide a clean but unconventional look at history

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    December 21, 2022, Wednesday

    Pure maths and the natural world

    The book adheres closely to the popular science principle Stephen Hawking articulated in avoiding equations and formulae in A ...

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    December 19, 2022, Monday

    India in the nitty-gritty

    Former Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar's memoir is a remarkable account of the many events that took place during his tenure, ...

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    December 16, 2022, Friday

    Anglo Indians beyond the stereotypes

    In case you thought that this is a dry historic tome, perish the thought!

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    December 14, 2022, Wednesday

    Reinventing social democracy

    There is a growing disenchantment with liberal democracies. In 'A World of Insecurity', Economist Pranab Bardhan situates its ...

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    December 11, 2022, Sunday

    History of Hollywood

    On-set stories, technical details, funny anecdotes about actors, the echoes of studio executives kvetching and various people ...

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    December 07, 2022, Wednesday

    Controversy in high places

    "Flying Lies" dives into practically every dimension of the Rafale deal, producing an invaluable treatise on defence procurement ...