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17 Sep 2017

Non-Fiction Bestsellers

17 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

The house that horror built

17 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Everyone knows the Ramsay brothers.

A gigantic effort

17 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Curiously, in India, one man’s past can be another man’s present, thereby making documentation a thoroughly fascinating engagement, especially for those who wish to delve into the nature of life through the prism of social anthropology.

Wading in surreal waters

17 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Sudhin Nath Ghose was a journalist and novelist whose writings drew inspiration from the many Indian myths, fables, legends and epics.

White House: An insider’s account

17 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Now, this is life! “When I travelled for work, I took Air Force One, which never got old, and instead of wasting time at boring conference centres I was doing things like eating goat in the courtyard of Hamid Karzai’s palace.

Inheritance of loss

17 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Everyone tells the tale of those who looted, there is none who tells the tale of those who were lost.

Down the culinary lane

17 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

What’s new about another book on what passes for Mughlai cuisine except if the author wishes to indulge in some self indulgence? Sadia Dehlvi’s book retreads much of the territory previously covered by minor ex-royalists.

10 Sep 2017

Haryana’s favourite Lals

10 Sep 2017 | 1:24 AM

Notorious for being the land of Aya Rams and Gaya Rams and Machiavellian politics, Haryana was once identified with the three Lals — Bansi Lal, Devi Lal and Bhajan Lal.

The man behind creation of Punjab

10 Sep 2017 | 1:24 AM

This masterly book captures well the ups and downs of the political life of Master Tara Singh which was singularly devoted to the Sikhs.

Hillary Clinton’s tell-all book

10 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

WHEN last year’s US election results were announced, the world was left astonished; former Apprentice presenter Donald Trump had beaten Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

With mischief and a little malice

10 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Intrusive government, jingoism, religious extremism, influential godmen, the hue and cry over cow protection .

Suspense rides on surreal

10 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Much like a full-blooded horror movie as the story of Boy of Fire and Earth gets rolling with a businessman tying his shoelaces to go for a morning walk, one has little inkling of the gory world that Sami Shah is leading one into.

Beaten by the bot

10 Sep 2017 | 1:23 AM

Are you the type of person who keeps awake at night wondering what happened on e6 on a chess board in New York on May 11, 1997? If yes, this book is for you.

03 Sep 2017

Of bonds and betrayals

03 Sep 2017 | 1:55 AM

Her journey to Amherst, Massachusetts, had been gruelling. Stopped at Heathrow for over two hours, she misses her flight to the US where she plans to register for Ph.D under her former tutor Dr Hira Shah who taught her at the London School of Economics (LSE).

The not-so civil services

03 Sep 2017 | 1:55 AM

Indian Civil Services — the name brings to mind a potent mix of authority and glamour. Our thoughts about IAS officers are invariably composed of the power and privilege that the position commands: Garden parties, dinners with the big-wigs, and cars with beacons are some of the images often associated with them.

Original He-Man— inflated

03 Sep 2017 | 1:55 AM

Overstretched, I would say. Tulsidas'' Hanuman Chalisa is a small booklet that fits into my shirt pocket, but Devdutt Pattanaik''s version is 170 pages long.

What threatens a liberal world order

03 Sep 2017 | 1:55 AM

In this crisp and pithy book, Lord Meghnad Desai presents his prognosis of the recent threats to the ‘Liberal Order’ that had come to prevail as a culmination of several events in the world.

Celebrating ignorance

03 Sep 2017 | 1:55 AM

People write books about issues they are knowledgeable about. Have you ever heard of people writing on issues, ‘they have no idea’ about and being so candid as to keep the line as the title of their book?

Of pain and redemption

03 Sep 2017 | 1:55 AM

The Poison of Love is the fifth book, a novella, written by K.R. Meera. Originally written in Malayalam, the translation by Ministhy S. is brilliant and maintains the flavour of originality.

27 Aug 2017

Vignettes of the changing world

27 Aug 2017 | 1:58 AM

In the last about three decades, of all genres, Punjabi short story has dominated the literary discourse. Kesra Ram, who belongs to Hisar, Haryana, is a well-known modern story writer in Punjabi with four collections of stories to his credit.

Musical makeover for boxing legend

27 Aug 2017 | 1:58 AM

The life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is to be given a musical makeover. Ali died at 74 last year following an illustrious career in the ring during which he became world heavyweight champion three times.

The man who made Tyson

27 Aug 2017 | 1:58 AM

Fear pervades this book — fear, and the conquest of it. No surprise, because this book is from probably the most fearsome boxer in the history of the sport.

Will she be second time lucky?

27 Aug 2017 | 1:58 AM

Normally, speculation about the Man Booker Prize starts once the shortlist is published in September, but this year, the longlist itself is so intriguing that Christmas, as it were, has come early for pundits and bookies; factions have already formed to promote their favourites.

The Argumentative Indians

27 Aug 2017 | 1:58 AM

Is this democratically elected government muzzling the voice of dissent? Are we living in times when intolerance is on the rise? Is nationalism getting overbearing in our everyday life? Has cow vigilantism gone too far in its overzealousness?

Of courage and indomitable spirit(s)

27 Aug 2017 | 1:58 AM

If combined with finesse, mythology and mystery yield stories that stand the test of time. In case of The Demon Hunter Of Chottanikkara, S V. Sujatha’s debut novel, the combination is just about right, though not perfect.

Mush & murder

27 Aug 2017 | 1:58 AM

Amissing wife, an anxious husband, and their blood-splattered hotel room… All point to a grave outcome. But the witnesses give conflicting statements. Liane Bellion and her husband, Martial, along with their infant daughter, are holidaying on the island of Réunion when Liane vanishes.

20 Aug 2017

In quest of self and soul

20 Aug 2017 | 12:35 AM

While reading Faiqa Mansab’s debut novel, you have the same feeling as when you read a dirge. You feel the melancholy of the narrative that’s inexorably rushing towards catharsis.

Soldiering on to Everest

20 Aug 2017 | 12:35 AM

“They were men, the likes of which we will never know again...... collect butterflies in the dawn, paint watercolours in late morning, discuss Keats and Shelley over lunch and still be prepared to assault the flanks of Everest or indeed the German frontlines, by dusk”. — Dave Wade in the Foreword.

The Guru of light

20 Aug 2017 | 12:35 AM

Birth of Guru Nanak marks an enlightening era in the darkest period of medieval India. Nugatory rituals, superstitions, dogmas, fatalistic outlook, caste divisions, gender discrimination and diffidence to stand up against injustice, oppression or tyranny had rendered people hapless invertebrates.

The force of a young mind

20 Aug 2017 | 12:35 AM

Brain changes during the early teen years set up four qualities of our minds during adolescence: Novelty seeking, social engagement, increased emotional intensity, and creative exploration.

13 in race for the DSC prize

20 Aug 2017 | 12:35 AM

The longlist for the $ 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 was announced recently.

When will China settle with us?

20 Aug 2017 | 12:35 AM

China’s attitude towards resolving its border disputes is one of the most complicated subjects in foreign affairs of this region.

06 Aug 2017

Imprisoned in paradise

06 Aug 2017 | 2:22 AM

Women and children are the silent sufferers in any conflict. They are usually the major war casualties, sometimes behind the scenes. In Kashmir, which has seen endless violence over the decades, perpetrated by both, the militants and the security apparatus, women and children have had to suffer immensely — denting their emotional, mental and physical well-being.

Tracking death, finding life

06 Aug 2017 | 2:22 AM

“Lucky for some, number 13,” says the announcer at tombola, a bingo-like game of chance. And for Peter James, award-winning crime-fiction novelist and movie producer, good luck sure seems to be continuing with this 13th edition of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel series.

It hit the fan long back

06 Aug 2017 | 2:22 AM

A decade back, the word ‘bullshit’ would have appeared in print with asterisks blanking out the last four alphabets. Today, it is part of the title of three books released in quick succession.

Enchanting ringside view

06 Aug 2017 | 2:22 AM

Each ring has a story to tell”, thus ran the one-line advertisement of Tiffany’s and noted American Indologist Wendy Doniger seems to have taken a cue from this in her latest Ring of Truth — Myths of Sex and Jewelry.

A valuable compendium

06 Aug 2017 | 2:22 AM

How does one go about understanding Punjab and Punjabis? If one were to go beyond caricatures, it is an endeavour not to be taken lightly, given the geographical location of the state, its complicated weave of social and cultural streams, and its history.

30 Jul 2017

Meet Sita, the saviour

30 Jul 2017 | 2:14 AM

“India’s first literary popstar”, “India’s Tolkien”, “Paulo Coelho of the East”— this barrage of epithets for the author makes it tough to approach a book with little expectation. And if it happens to be the second book in the Rama Chandra series by “magician of Meluha” Amish Tripathi, then expectation and excitement are palpable.

Tennis brat who makes music now

30 Jul 2017 | 2:15 AM

What would a John McEnroe autobiography be like if it doesn’t talk about his tempestuous playing days, his on-court tantrums and yelling, and his razor-sharp comments and observations about his contemporaries? Well, one wouldn’t be too sure, right?

Coping with corruption

30 Jul 2017 | 2:15 AM

On July 12, Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking an apartment worth $6,90,000 from a private firm in exchange for oil refinery contracts. In Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is on trial in the supreme court after a JIT (joint investigation team) probe into the revelations in the Panama Papers.

The woman behind Bhishma’s vow

30 Jul 2017 | 2:15 AM

“There are only two ways women can be powerful in our world: You have to be born into power or you have to marry it.

A bestseller, 32 years later

30 Jul 2017 | 2:14 AM

Margaret atwood has argued feminism is not defined as the assumption women are always right regardless of the context.

Poems born of seclusion and solitude

30 Jul 2017 | 2:14 AM

Manmohan, a senior police officer posted at Chandigarh, has been writing poetry since his student days at Amritsar. By now 11 collections of his poems have appeared, the latest being Zeel (finer cord of a stringed instrument).