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Excerpt: Illiberal India; Gauri Lankesh and the Age of Unreason by Chidanand Rajghatta | books | excerpts

People stage a protest against the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh at Town hall in Bengaluru, India, on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

216pp, Rs 499; Westland Based on his ‘social activity’ and profile, police surmised that Kumar, also called ‘Hotte Manja’, probably on account of his paunch (hotte is stomach or paunch in Kannada), had close links to rightwing outfits, including an organisation called Hindu Yuva Sena. They did not want him ...

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Excerpt: Hicky’s Bengal Gazette; The Untold Story of India’s First Newspaper by Andrew Otis | books | excerpts

British Governor General Warren Hastings, circa 1783-1794, who sued Hicky.

317pp, Rs 899; Westland Open to all Parties, but Influenced by None Calcutta has grown populous enough to support a Newspaper, of which I send you a specimen. In a little Time I conclude it will be as full of Scandal as the Morning Post. – Philip Francis to Andrew ...

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

Climate change, marriage and art all feature in this week’s good reads.

AMRITA SHER-GIL; REBEL WITH A PAINTBRUSH BY ANITA VACHHARAJANI WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY KALYANI GANAPATHY 182pp, Rs 699; HarperCollins The presents I most looked forward to as a child were paint-boxes, coloured pencils, drawing paper, and picture books. I always drew and painted everything myself, and resented correction or interference in ...

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Review: Syama Prasad Mookerjee; Life and Times by Tathagata Roy | books | reviews

20 April 1949 - Lord Layton Leader of the Reuters Goodwill Mission chatting with Jawaharlal Nehru, Patel (centre), and Syama Prasad Mookerjee (right) at a tea party on 20 April, 1949.

450 pp, Rs 599 The legend of Syama Prasad Mookerjee is one of India’s most curious and contentious. He was, without a doubt, a great intellect. And as an educationist – the vice-chancellor of Calcutta University at only 33 – he succeeded his illustrious father, Sir Asutosh Mookerjee and continued ...

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Review: Twilight Falls On Liberalism by Rudrangshu Mukherjee | books | reviews

MK Gandhi outside his residence, Birla House, in Bombay. Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabhai Patel flank Gandhi.

173pp, Rs 399; Aleph One problem with the word ‘liberal’ is that it means too many different things. In the United States, liberals are distinguished from conservatives on the basis of their stands on current political issues. Conservatives tend to be more in favour of capitalism, less enamoured of big ...

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Review: The Skull of Alum Bheg by Kim A Wagner | books | reviews

Coloured engraving of a sepoy (1858).

320pp, Rs 599; Penguin After I flipped through the book I was to review just to get a feel of what I’d be reading when I actually began it, I had to email my editor to ask for an extension of my deadline. “The print is minuscule,” I wrote. “May ...

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Have you read them yet? Here are four books by British author Sue Townsend that will leave you in splits | books

Sue Townsend

We love books. But no matter how much we read, there are always dusty shelves and stories – real or fictional – that we still haven’t opened our eyes to. So every month, we’ll write about a topic, an author or a series that catches our attention. Whether it is ...

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The Shape of Water book review: If you liked the film, you’ll love the novel | books | reviews

The book’s cover illustrated by James Jean.

Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy drama, The Shape of Water, was the belle of the awards season this year. Among other big awards, the 2017 movie — starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spenser — was nominated for 13 Oscars and won four, including best picture and best ...

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

Here’s the HT-Nielsen Top 10 list for this week.

This week, Calling Sehmat by Harinder S Sikka reigns supreme on the top 10 fiction titles chart this week. It is followed by One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Top – 10 Fiction Titles Calling Sehmat, Harinder S. Sikka One Indian Girl, Chetan Bhagat ...

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Life and Times of Everyman

Life and Times of Everyman

Written by Aakash Joshi | Published: May 26, 2018 12:22:12 am Philip Roth: 1933-2018 (Sara Krulwich, The New York Times) Somewhere in a small windowless room sat a man who calculated the probability of Philip Roth winning the Nobel Prize for literature, each year, for at least the last two-and-a-half ...

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