Day: October 7, 2019

Grab the new English translation of Pather Panchali

By A Correspondent In the idyllic village of the Abode of Contentment, Durga and her little brother, Opu, grow up in a world of woods, orchards and adventure. Nurtured on their aunt’s songs and stories, they dream of secret magical lands, forbidden gardens and the distant railroad. The grown-up world of debts, resentment and bone-deep

Ducks, Newburyport: A heart-rending indictment of America’s barbarity

Editor | Fiction Baking a multitude of tartes tatin for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America’s ignoble past, and her own regrets. She is surrounded by dead lakes, fake facts, Open Carry maniacs, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, veil toss duties, and how to

Essential Reads | Lal Bahadur Shastri: Politics and Beyond

Editor | Politics Famous for the inspiring slogan, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’, Lal Bahadur Shastri’s prime ministership saw India ensuring respect for the farmer and the soldier. In his brief yet eventful tenure of nineteen months, he resolved some of the most contentious problems facing the country, by taking all segments of society along. The

A Death In The Himalayas, Udayan Mukherjee’s second novel

By ACorrespondent Why would anyone kill a well-meaning foreigner like Clare Watson in a quiet neighbourhood in the foothills of the Himalayas? Yes, Clare was a fearless woman. But why would she venture into the dark forest after sundown knowing it fully well as leopard habitat? When a celebrity author-activist is found battered in a

Simon& Schuster India to publish Shobhaa De’s latest novel, Srilaaji

By A Correspondent Simon& Schuster India will publish Shobhaa De’s latest novel, Srilaaji: Diary of a Marwari Dowager. More than 17 of De’s novels climbed the bestselling books charts on publication. Her debut novel, Socialite Evenings, was controversial and scandalous for the times but earned a cult status right away and was a huge commercial

The Bhagavad Gita: A translation by Bibek Debroy

By A Correspondent As a spiritual guide, the Bhagavad Gita is a mesmerizing account of the debate between right and wrong, and the bond between action and consequence. One of the core Hindu scriptures, it is part of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata, and unfolds in the form of a dialogue between Krishna and

How To Avoid A Climate Disaster, the Bill Gates prescription

By A Correspondent Bill Gates is writing a book about energy and climate change that will be published by Allen Lane in the UK in June 2020. With this new book, How To Avoid A Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, Gates seeks to share what he has learned in