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Volume 48 Number 2 February 2024
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By Robert Eric Frykenberg

Each of the twenty-five chapters is an essay written by Frykenberg, one of the most important economic historians of our times, during a career spanning over six decades. Besides economic issues, the articles in the present volume also deliberate upon facets pertaining to social,


Reviewed by: Amol Saghar

By Alan Johnson

That an academic book on literary representations of Indian forests provides a searching examination of Indian nationhood in the last 150 years makes it already a remarkable work of criticism; that its vantage—the forests of India—also yields a kaleidoscopic view of India’s diverse and ancient past of ecological engagement makes Alan Johnson’s India’s Forests an invaluable work of literary and environmentalist historiography. In an excellent, wide-ranging introduction


Reviewed by: Anupama Mohan

By Divyabhanusinh

The Story of India’s Cheetahs by Divyabhanusinh Chavda has been written with the intent to arouse interest in the animal and to create an awareness about the Cheetah reintroduction programme.


Reviewed by: Diwakar Sharma

By K. Srilata

Disability is born out of interactions of these impairments of mind and body with the external settings comprising the physical features present in the environment and the human components coupled with attitudes and perspectives.


Reviewed by: Sailaja Chennat

Edited by Usha Raman and Sumana Kasturi

The way he was described by the media defined the way all young offenders came to be caricatured in the society at large, which led to a further outrage against juvenile justice law in the country,


Reviewed by: Enakshi Ganguly Thukral

By Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

This is a pioneering effort to present the myriad important facets of the Assamese community in English. The primary objective is to fill the knowledge gaps about the community, especially among the younger members and the fast-increasing diaspora, and equally importantly, to reach out to the non-Assamese in India and the English-speaking world.


Reviewed by: Jayanta Bhuyan

By Indira Parthasarathy. Translated from the Tamil play by T. Sriraman, with Introduction and Commentary by C.T. Indra

Indira Parthasarathy, stalwart Tamil writer, is acknowledged as one of those who have revolutionized modern Tamil drama. Many of his plays have been translated into English and other Indian languages and staged in the Tamil original as well as in translations.  Besides nine full-length and seven one-act plays


Reviewed by: NS Raghavan

By Joanna Bourke

The nine-chaptered book by Joanna Bourke was first published in Britain in 2022. The South Asia edition has a dedicated preface for the Indian Edition. Joanna Bourke considers the year 2022 a pivotal year in the context of sexual violence in India as it marks the release of eleven prisoners convicted for life for the rape of Bilkis Bano. ‘In the 75th year of India’s Independence,


Reviewed by: Sabah Hussain

Edited by Sarvani Gooptu. Translated from the original Bengali by Sarvani Gooptu and Indrani Bose

Though Indians have been travelling for the last few centuries, documentation of their travels have been scarce and far between. Pilgrimage, trade, and conquest drove the earliest subcontinental travels, but it was specifically a male domain.


Reviewed by: Somdatta Mandal

By Sundar Sarukkai

The girl, Kalpana, spends three harrowing days and nights in a forest and is finally found lying near a road and brought back safe. But she has become silent and except for whispering a few words to her little sister much later in the story, she never utters a single sound.


Reviewed by: VS Sreedhara

By Brinda Charry

For Indian readers, the contemporary ‘diaspora-novel’ (i.e., stories of individuals who migrate/move away from their homeland) has come a long way since 1991,


Reviewed by: Ankush Banerjee

By Soumya Bhattacharya

This novel was first published by Tranquebar in 2009 and has been republished in 2022 as a paperback by Speaking Tiger. Soumya Bhattacharya is an established journalist, and writer of well-regarded books on cricket


Reviewed by: Rohini Mokashi-Punekar

By Atharva Pandit

Hurda is a riveting read. Three young children—sisters, the eldest among them aged 14, are missing and subsequently found dead. They are survived by a poor family of three:


Reviewed by: Jigyasa Sogarwal

By Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Wars are terrible tragedies. Especially like in Vietnam where it was pointless, just ‘a senseless blunder’. The dramatic flexing of the American muscles to prevent the ‘domino theory’, that if one nation turned Communist, it would likely influence other nations to the same end, is a misguided thought, although strongly backed by American presidents. It is a reflection of their exaggerated national fears and geopolitical strategies.


Reviewed by: Sumitra Kannan

By Ipshita Chanda

Living in Air, a collection of seventeen stories by Ipshita Chanda, opens with the story ‘Wings’, an ode to the 18th century Urdu poet Mah Laqa Bai Chanda from Hyderabad


Reviewed by: Divya Shankar

By Sukrita

Word-induced silence makes witnessing both horrifying and lyrical, and it alters the understanding of the universe of emotions more profoundly, bringing in multi-layered, untold, exotic moments of epiphany.


Reviewed by: Shafey Kidwai

By Mitali Chakravarty

Chakravarty’s Introduction comes with another poem in which she writes about angsanas that bloomed on trees and orioles ‘magicked out of the unseen leaves’. To her, they stand for the innocence of childhood.


Reviewed by: Lakshmi Kannan

By Manik Bandyopadhyay. Translated from the original Bengali by Ratan Kumar Chattopadhyay

The appeal of the novel lies in its conception as a microcosm where at the intrinsic level is a noticeable absence of an omnipotent author dictating mandates of life for his characters.


Reviewed by: Tapti Roy

By Imayam. Translated from the original Tamil by GJV Prasad

The plot revolves around Revathi’s marriage to Ravi, an auto driver living in a slum that houses erstwhile refugees from Burma who settled down in Tamil Nadu.


Reviewed by: B Mangalam

By Veda Vyasa. Translated from the original Sanskrit by Pradip Bhattacharya

Bhishma is not perfect, is a flawed character himself. When Chitrangada, son of Shantanu by Satyavati died, his brother Vichitravirya ascends the throne.


Reviewed by: Suganthy Krishnamachari

By Monica Heisey

he novel begins in media res with Maggie’s meditations on the recent separation from Jon, her partner who moved out of their shared one-bedroom apartment in the city along with their pet cat.


Reviewed by: Ann Susan Aleyas

by Swati Sengupta. Illustrated by Sridatri Tagore

Author and journalist Swati Sengupta from Kolkata has breathed life into every line of her meticulous research (whose sources are duly mentioned). Illustrator Sridatri Tagore has livened it up by the intelligent spacing of her illustration,


Reviewed by: Dipavali Sen