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5 must-read books on encounter killings and the police in India

New Delhi, July 13 -- On 10 July, when gangster Vikas Dubey was shot dead by the Uttar Pradesh police while trying to escape from custody, the incident reopened a festering can of worms pertaining to ... Read More


Friendly notes for these troubled times

New Delhi, July 12 -- Matt Haig shot to fame a few years ago with his best-selling book, Reasons To Stay Alive-a bleakly funny and moving account of living with depression and suicidal ideation. In No... Read More


#AnneFrank Parallel Stories review: How not to turn history into hashtags

New Delhi, July 12 -- German philosopher Theodor Adorno famously remarked that it would be barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz. #AnneFrank-Parallel Stories, a new documentary streaming on Netflix... Read More


PHOTOS: Life in the Sundarbans after cyclone Amphan

New Delhi, July 11 -- In the middle of May, as cyclone Amphan crashed upon Bengal, it proved to be the last straw for thousands of homeless and destitute people, already suffering from hunger and unem... Read More


'OUR INVADERS WERE TURKS, NOT INDIAN MUSLIMS'

New Delhi, July 10 -- I fear I would die before I am able to write all the books I have inside me," says Amish Tripathi (he goes by his first name now), on the phone from London, where he has been the... Read More


THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF REASON

New Delhi, July 10 -- On the morning of 21 June, a handful of people gathered at the city corporation swimming pool in Mangaluru, Karnataka, to view the solar eclipse that was about to take place. Org... Read More


Can art foretell the future of humanity?

New Delhi, July 10 -- In artist Avishek Sen's work, humans, animals and vegetation are often fused by a unique alchemy. A figure with a lion's head and ripped male torso poses in front of a bathtub, o... Read More


How covid-19 changed the rules of classroom teaching

New Delhi, July 9 -- In Isaac Asimov's story, The Fun They Had, set in the year 2155, two children stumble upon a "real book"-a relic from a distant past they have never encountered before. Tom, the o... Read More


Oprah picks Mumbai debut writer Shubhangi Swarup for her summer list

New Delhi, July 8 -- Since its outbreak, the covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc over the publishing industry around the world, though it hasn't been an unmitigated disaster for everyone. Mumbai-based... Read More


Ramachandra Guha: 'Each one of us has rejected close friends' for the NIF

New Delhi, July 7 -- In the 2000s, when historian Ramachandra Guha was working on his book India After Gandhi, he was struck by the paucity of literature on India since 1947. Pre-independence India, e... Read More