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Pioneer who printed from prison

Pioneer who printed from prison

THE FIRST newspapers everywhere were pamphlets or gazettes that catered to the establishment. The Oxford Gazette, later The London Gazette, was a journal of record for the Crown. But India’s first editor, James Augustus Hicky, furthered the interests of the citizen against a corrupt and dictatorial state. The struggle landed ...

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Excerpt: Being Pakistani; Society, Culture and the Arts by Raza Rumi | books | excerpts

Excerpt: Being Pakistani; Society, Culture and the Arts by Raza Rumi | books | excerpts

312pp, Rs 399; HarperCollins The decade of the 1970s in Pakistan was tumultuous to say the least. The cataclysmic events of 1971 led to the birth of Bangladesh and the emergence of Bhutto’s Pakistan. The contradictions of Bhutto’s politics and the consolidation of a national security state took place during ...

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Excerpt: Shapeshifters; On Medicine & Human Change by Gavin Francis | books | excerpts

Excerpt: Shapeshifters; On Medicine & Human Change by Gavin Francis | books | excerpts

282pp, Rs 599; Hachette In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle implies that the discerning detective can learn much about a person from their tattoos. ‘I have made a small study of tattoo marks,’ Conan Doyle has Holmes say, ‘and have even contributed to the literature of the subject.’ ...

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HT Picks: The week’s most interesting reads | books | ht picks

HT Picks: The week’s most interesting reads | books | ht picks

MONSOON FEELINGS; A HISTORY OF EMOTIONS IN THE RAIN EDITED BY IMKE RAJAMANI, MARGRIT PERNAU AND KATHERINE BUTLER SCHOFIELD 479pp, Rs 1750; Niyogi Books The monsoon is the season of pouring rain and intense emotions: love and longing, hope and fear, pleasure and pain, devotion and joyous excess. Through a ...

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Gojri: The language that’s spoken but rarely read | books | reviews

Gojri: The language that’s spoken but rarely read | books | reviews

Until a month ago, cars in Kashmir had to navigate through the occasional herd of sheep and goat driven by Bakarwal goatherds to pastures and forest land in the hills. The animals and their masters will spend the next six to seven months there in the company of nature. These ...

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HT-Nielsen top 10: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck tops non-fiction list | books | top 10

HT-Nielsen top 10: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck tops non-fiction list | books | top 10

Paulo Coelho’s best selling novel The Alchemist continues as the undisputed leader in the fiction category of books. It is followed by Harinder S Sikka’s Calling Sehmat, and One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat. Top – 10 Fiction Titles The AlchemisthPaulo Coelho Calling SehmatHarinder S. Sikka One Indian GirlChetan Bhagat ...

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‘Other successful developing Asian economies have been more equal than India’

‘Other successful developing Asian economies have been more equal than India’

Written by Shaji Vikraman | Updated: July 21, 2018 1:28:53 am Gurgaon cityscape: Urban migration may be a solution rather than a problem. (Express photo/Manoj Kumar) You have focused on crony capitalism in India, growing inequalities and India’s new gilded age. Have some new crony capitalists replaced the old? Have ...

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Review: Nayak – The Hero The Satyajit Ray film novelized by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay | books | reviews

Review: Nayak - The Hero The Satyajit Ray film novelized by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay | books | reviews

248pp, Rs 399; Harper Collins A superstar from the movies gets on a train and sees his life unravel. The Satyajit Ray classic made in 1966, starring Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore is a psychological drama with all the characteristics of a Ray masterpiece. Tucked away into the folds of ...

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God Won’t Help: A book that teaches humans to live life like there’s no God to blame | books | author interview

God Won’t Help: A book that teaches humans to live life like there’s no God to blame | books | author interview

“Naag devta mera Physics bacha lena… Roz ek litre doodh bhijwaonga!” Who doesn’t remember this dialogue from Aamir Khan-starrer movie 3 Idiots (2009) that has a miserable engineering student making entreaties to god to help him get through an exam? Well, running to the all-powerful to bail us out of ...

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Demystifying talaq – Frontline

Demystifying talaq - Frontline

DO Muslims who look up each practice of the Prophet Mohammad with reverent awe, yield to an act never performed by him? The answer is a definite “yes” as the prophet never divorced. Does Islam discuss women beyond the terms of mother, sister, companion, object of entertainment and a centre ...

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