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  • March 22, 2019, Friday

    The United States of open wounds

    Mr Jackson's work is set in Portland, Ore., one of the whitest big cities in America, scarred by a long history of racist ...

  • March 21, 2019, Thursday

    Raghuram Rajan's sermons

    'The Third Pillar' is a book of good intention, great thoughts, lost in a preachy style.

  • March 20, 2019, Wednesday

    Intimations of apocalypse

    Nowhere is there a greater need for climate activism than in the United States in the Age of Trump

  • March 18, 2019, Monday

    Journalism's advocate

    The New York Times deputy general counsel David E McCraw thoughtfully addresses this state of affairs as he takes us behind the ...

  • March 14, 2019, Thursday

    Spicy bard

    The influence of Shakespeare on Indian cinema has been so vast and has been written about so much that one would pick up the book ...

  • March 13, 2019, Wednesday

    A bureaucrat's eye view

    Author relies only on reports by several commissions and quotes other books to make his point

  • March 12, 2019, Tuesday

    Pioneer across the borders

    It was Begum Ra'ana who encouraged young, middle-class Muslim women to come out of purdah and train as nurses and teachers so ...

  • March 12, 2019, Tuesday

    A hostage to Indian justice

    Mr Chandrakumar narrates details of prison life, from the abysmal conditions of the jail cell to the omnipresent threat of ...

  • March 11, 2019, Monday

    Climate change and human history

    The book is marred by errors of fact and too often reads like a series of potted histories

  • March 08, 2019, Friday

    Gabriel García Márquez in the eyes of those who knew him

    Paternostro talks about finding plenty of others who'd talk, Márquez's superstitions and discipline, and more.

  • March 08, 2019, Friday

    Book review: Exposing the real motives of Xi Jinping's 'globalisation' rant

    How successful has Xi been in his prodigious effort to turn China into a major world power and replace the US as the leader not ...

  • March 08, 2019, Friday

    Aryan myths

    This book and the recent studies will dismay the Hindutva supporter who sees in India and its Vedic period as something pure

  • March 07, 2019, Thursday

    Very, very special memoir

    281 and beyond is a special book on a few counts: it presents Mr Laxman, mostly reticent during his playing days, and ...

  • March 06, 2019, Wednesday

    Superhuman learning

    Review of 'Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI'

  • March 05, 2019, Tuesday

    Out of the caste mould

    The personal narrative is interspersed with acute observations on Dalit history, Ambedkar, the Indian tendency to look down on ...

  • March 04, 2019, Monday

    How Asia ruled the world

    Much of this book turns on Mr Sharman's critique of what historians term the "military revolution thesis"

  • March 01, 2019, Friday

    'Kumbha' book review: An overly simple explainer of mega event in Prayagraj

    This year's Kumbh, for instance, is significant on various levels, the first being the focus on sanitation and cleanliness

  • March 01, 2019, Friday

    The road to world power

    It focused on China as the key factor in this transition and its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as an instrumentality in ...

  • February 28, 2019, Thursday

    'An ingeniously Indian enterprise'

    One critical contribution in the book is the author's focus on the "compromised fourth estate"

  • February 27, 2019, Wednesday

    Contours of the 'Asian Century'

    The questions raised by the author's stimulating book highlight his deft weaving together of technology, geopolitics, economics, ...