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  • Maharashtra govt, book review

    May 28, 2020, Thursday

    Maharashtra's autumn of discontent

    This is why Kamlesh Sutar's book on the 36-day drama in Maharashtra, that eventually led to the installation of Uddhav Thackeray ...

  • book review

    May 24, 2020, Sunday

    Durable relevance of Keynes

    The Price of Peace, Zachary D Carter's outstanding new intellectual biography of John Maynard Keynes, offers a resonant guide to ...

  • book review

    May 21, 2020, Thursday

    The brutal face of peacekeeping

    What are the power dynamics between peacekeepers from various cultural backgrounds sent to a conflict zone, and the locals they ...

  • Wuhan Diary

    May 18, 2020, Monday

    Wuhan's eerie precedent

    Fang Fang captures the shock and panic at the start of the quarantine

  • book cover

    May 15, 2020, Friday

    Sports books to keep you going while you wait for the real action to resume

    If you're done with endless TV re-runs of classic matches, Dhruv Munjal offers a choice of entertaining sports books to keep you ...

  • Nancy Pelosi

    May 11, 2020, Monday

    Nancy Pelosi, underrated talent

    There is a pattern in Pelosi, Molly Ball's admiring and illuminating new biography of the most powerful woman in American

  • PANDEMIC! Covid-19 shakes the world

    May 07, 2020, Thursday

    Keep calm- and panic

    The book has been put together in a remarkably short period of time and the urgency is palpable

  • book review

    May 04, 2020, Monday

    The limits of 'realism'

    Barry Gewen tackles the contradic­tions, and offers absolution, in this book, a timely and acute defence of the great realist's ...

  • S D Tucker

    April 30, 2020, Thursday

    Science off the wall

    One of the points this book makes is that it is often difficult to distinguish a sound hypothesis from something completely off ...

  • Paul Krugman

    April 29, 2020, Wednesday

    Undead ideas

    Anyone who regularly reads Mr Krugman's twice-weekly NYT column, will be familiar with his accessible style, his arguments and ...

  • Indian muslims, Identity, NRC, CAA, secularism, majoritarianism

    April 24, 2020, Friday

    The Minority Conundrum: Thought-provoking essays on minority rights

    A thought-provoking set of essays examines minority rights in the light of secularism and nationalism, both of which are ...

  • Rakesh Maria, Let Me Say It Now

    April 22, 2020, Wednesday

    Detection diary

    Although the book contains interesting, less known or occasionally shocking revelations, the reader is likely to demand better ...

  • stack of books

    April 19, 2020, Sunday

    Her voice amid lurking danger: Reflections on some feminist crime novels

    It goes without saying that not all of the female crime novelists come out as feminists, and that some male writers can do ...

  • Pioneering Parsis of Calcutta

    April 16, 2020, Thursday

    Immigrant chronicles

    We learn about Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy who traded in opium, earned a fortune, and donated generously to charities during the ...

  • book review

    April 12, 2020, Sunday

    End runs in End Times

    Mr O'Connell's timing was either a bit premature or just right. In the last three months a global pandemic has already killed ...

  • Book review: Baking A Dream

    April 10, 2020, Friday

    All in the family... and friends

    Learning how to build a brand can easily take a semester-long MBA course but the authors manage to distil their story over 25 ...

  • book review

    April 08, 2020, Wednesday

    The 'groupthink' contrarian

    The term groupthink itself was inspired by such Orwellian words as newspeak and doublethink

  • book review

    April 06, 2020, Monday

    The mind of American conservatism

    The volume's focus is confined to the 20th century, with its earliest selection from 1907

  • Shivaji Park

    April 03, 2020, Friday

    Stories on a map

    The book is a revelation, opening up the streets and alleys and the iconic "park" of the area to a new light

  • book review, Irrationally Passionate:  My Turnaround  from Rebel to Entrepreneur

    April 01, 2020, Wednesday

    Adventures of a serial entrepreneur

    It is a small book - a little more than 240 pages - and an easy read. It can be finished in a single day, provided you do not get ...