Premchand occupies an iconic status in the Hindi literary sphere as the foundational figure of modern Hindi fiction. He is seen as the exponent of realism, whose works have been considered not only to have democratized the literary domain by including those who.


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Saadat Hasan Manto

Capitalized SAADAT HASAN MANTO, printed against strands of jet black hair that have escaped the floral edge of a burqa, which reveals more than it conceals; arched eyebrows, large and thickly kohl-lined eyes, the partial tantalizing glimpse of painted lips.


Reviewed by: Catherine Thankamma
Mirza Athar Baig

Urdu fiction is mostly known for its realist, humanist approach. Even in its most experimental incarnations, Urdu writers did not make any radical break from the modernist aesthetics. Mirza Athar Baig, a revolutionary in this sense, has been hailed as a pathbreaker who with each.


Reviewed by: Nishat Zaidi
U.R. Ananthamurthy

After Tagore and Premchand, if one can think of a literary figure who has had a national reach in India, it is UR Ananthamurthy (1932-2014).  URA was no doubt  the most influential Kannada writer of his times. But he was, equally, an inspiring teacher, creative administrator.


Reviewed by: Vanamala Viswanatha
Paul Chirakkarode

Pulayathara was published in the year 1962. It was the first novel in Malayalam to give a graphic description of the Dalit Christian condition. The novel was largely ignored by the reading public and critical establishments. However, the scorching issues of land, labour and faith that the book sought to project, continue to haunt millions.


Reviewed by: GS Jayasree
C. T. Indra and T. Sriraman

The Solitary Sprout is a treat to read. This will come as no surprise to those familiar with Chudamani’s books. Like the others, this book contains no violence or sex, preaches no doctrine, upholds no morals……just twenty simple tales of the everyday life of mostly Tamilian families.


Reviewed by: Meera Rajagopalan
Gulvadi Venkata Rao

The first Kannada novel, Indira Bai or The Triumph of Truth and Virtue, has been recently translated into English, for the second time, by Vanamala Viswanatha and Shivarama Padikkal. Originally published by the Basel Mission Press, Mangalore, in 1899 the novel was first translated into English.


Reviewed by: Parinitha Shetty
Perumal Murugan
AMMA
2019

‘I was my mother’s boy.’ ‘Amma took this shy, introverted child by hand and pushed him out into the world.’‘I was forty-six the year Amma died. Even today, I inhabit the world she created in those forty-six years with me.’


Reviewed by: Geetha G
Shanta Gokhale

In November 2019, the Tata Literature Live Festival, held in Mumbai, conferred a lifetime achievement award upon Shanta Gokhale, recognizing and acknowledging her long and distinguished career.  Reading her delightful memoir, we can understand.


Reviewed by: Meenakshi Malhotra
Deepa Agarwal

We know a lot about the British who explored and mapped India in the nineteenth century, with a scientific rigour that Indians have never possessed. As a matter of fact, till the Mughal time geography was not even taught in schools and we were too scared of losing.


Reviewed by: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Pranab Bardhan, Sudipto Mundle, and Rohini Somanathan

As our Republic  turns 70, there is a distinct anti-intellectual wind blowing in the air, by which I mean not merely a certain wariness often bordering on suspicion of ideas but outright disrespect for ideas that are not popular. Ideas that question or point to flaws.


Reviewed by: KK Kailash
TCA Ranganathan and TCA Srinivasa Raghavan

All the Wrong Turns: Perspectives on the Indian Economy by TCA Ranganathan and TCA Srinivasa Raghavan, two highly regarded and respected professionals, one a lifelong banker and the other an economic journalist, is a welcome addition to the growing commentary on.


Reviewed by: KP Krishnan
Julia Stephens

The current manouevres by the Indian government to define civic status in terms of religious identity have deep roots in the legal regimes introduced under British colonial rule.  If implementation of the new Citizenship (Amendment) Act will require applicants.


Reviewed by: David Lelyveld
Yousuf saeed

Muslim Devotional Art in India explores the rather wide arc of the growth, spread, and ever so dynamic forms of Islamic religious art in India by bringing together a wide range of sources and methodologies in six sections. While Islamic art in India has traditionally drawn upon Central Asian imagery.


Reviewed by: Nimra Rizvi
M.J. Akbar

MJ Akbar needs no introduction. A famous journalist and politician (BJP), he is also a prolific writer. His latest offering, its unwieldy and somewhat misleading title notwithstanding, is about the last phase of India’s freedom struggle. The struggle for freedom was never between Hinduism and Islam.


Reviewed by: Kiran Doshi
Arupjyoti Saikia

The Unquiet River, by a historian who has chronicled several aspects of the history of modern Assam, comes adorned with weighty academic endorsements which recommend it as an unparalleled environmental and social history of the Brahmaputra, singular in its historical depth and magisterial sweep.


Reviewed by: Sanghamitra Misra
Subhadra Sen Gupta

It could be argued that recent discourse in the Indian socio-political milieu suggests a movement towards narratives that favour a particular interpretation of history at the expense of others, in order to further a specific ideological agenda.


Reviewed by: Gulbahar Shah
Arun Mohan Sukumar

This is a remarkable book, a sweeping political history of technology written by a scholar who is also adept at dispensing insights for those working in public policy. In Midnight’s Machines, we have ample evidence that its author Arun Mohan Sukumar has an impressive capacity to read documents.


Reviewed by: Aasim Khan
Sharif Gemie and Brian Ireland

The Hippie Trail: A History by Gemie and Ireland charts the experiences of travellers as well as the socio-cultural contexts of destinations that became a part of the hippie trail between the 1950s and 1970s, through themes that throw light on the socio-cultural as well as ‘inner’ experiences of the travellers.


Reviewed by: Ruchika Rai
Saibal Dasgupta

India and China are two of the four ancient world civilizations. Historically, Indian cultural and trade linkages have significantly influenced Chinese history. Since Indian Independence and Chinese ‘liberation’ in the middle of the twentieth century, both nations have failed to build on this legacy.


Reviewed by: Raman G Venkat
Karthik Nachiappan

Does India Negotiate?  Most in India and especially those with interest in Indian foreign policy will question the validity of the question and wonder why the author is pushing at an open door.  The book is however not so much directed at an Indian as it is at a western and affiliated.


Reviewed by: TCA Raghavan
Yelena Biberman

The book is an outcome of the dissertation of the author Yelena Biberman, at Brown University, under the tutelage of Professor Ashutosh Varshney. Varshney is also series editor of the Modern South Asia series of which the book is the fifth product.


Reviewed by: Ali Ahmed
Tulasi Srinivas

In the novel Nights at the Circus, set at the end of the 19th century in Western Europe, Angela Carter writes: ‘In a secular age an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax in order to gain credit in the world’ (1994: 16). Carter’s novel, which follows a colourful group of characters travelling from.


Reviewed by: Ankur Datta
Leslie Xavier

A friend, who trained at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, once reminisced about an interesting tussle he had at the academy nets. A right-handed batsman, he was receiving hard lessons on the perils of spin bowling. He began with a cover.


Reviewed by: Leslie Xavier
Bidyut Mohanty

Bidyut Mahanty’s Lakshmi the Rebel: Culture, Economy and Women’s Agency is an  attempt to examine the status of women in society by exploring the links between history, political economy, culture and region in India. The uncertainties and the complexities of the narratives.


Reviewed by: Bijayalaxmi Nanda