Day: August 28, 2019

Relive the stories of Ismat Chughtai and Manto

Editor | Fiction Ismat Chughtai and Sadat Hasan Manto were Urdu’s most courageous and controversial writers in the twentieth century. Featuring themes such as communal violence, the Partition, sex, relationships, and more, this collection features some of their most famous short stories. About the translators Muhammad Umar Memon is Professor Emeritus of Urdu literature and

Flawed: The Rise and Fall of India’s Diamond Mogul Nirav Modi

Editor | Business In early 2018, the implosion of Nirav Modi’s Firestar Diamonds International, on its way to becoming India’s first truly global luxury company, threw the country’s diamond industry, as well as its banking system, into utter disarray. Allegations against Modi, of defrauding banks to the tune of US$1.8 billion, brought a whole business

In The Great Repression, Chitranshul Sinha lays bare all about Sedition Law

Editor | Non-fiction The Indian Penal Code was formulated in 1860, three years after the first Indian revolt for independence. It was the country’s first-ever codification of offences and penalties. But it was only in 1870 that Section 124A was slipped into Chapter VI (‘Of Offences against the State’), defining the offence of ‘Sedition’ in

Nir Eyal | Indistractable: How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Editor | Non-fiction What would life look like if we followed through on our intentions? A former Stanford lecturer and behavioural designer, Nir Eyal spent over a decade researching the psychology behind habit-forming products. The result was his international bestseller, Hooked. Now, the man who identified the habit has delivered the cure. Eyal describes how

Obama, The Call of History: Peter Baker examines the US president’s legacy

Editor | Non-fiction In this new edition, Peter Baker reports on new details about the final months of the Obama presidency as Russia sought to intervene in American democracy, and assesses the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on Barack Obama’s legacy. Baker chronicles a period of great hope, tumult, accomplishments, and, yes, failure. This is

Essential Reads | India In The Persian Age 1000-1765 by Richard Eaton

Editor | History The Indian subcontinent might seem a self-contained world. Protected by vast mountains and seas, it has created its own religions, philosophies and social systems. And yet this ancient land experienced prolonged and intense interaction with the peoples and cultures of East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and, especially, Central Asia and the