Month: February 2019

Essential Books | Origins: How The Earth Made Us

Editor | Non-fiction From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilizations.  When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has

Animal Intimacies: Beastly Love in the Himalayas

Editor | Non-fiction What does it mean to live and die in relation to other animals? What do we really know of the intimate – and intense – moments of care, kinship, violence, politics, indifference and desire that occur between humans and non-human animals? Built on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the mountain villages of India’s

Books For You | The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction

Editor | Science Fiction On an ordinary morning, the citizens of Karachi wake up to find the sea missing from their shores. The last Parsi left on Earth must find other worlds to escape to when debt collectors come knocking. A family visiting a Partition-themed park gets more entertainment than they bargained for. Gandhi appears

How India loves : Half-Torn Hearts by Novoneel Chakraborty

Editor | Pulp Fiction Life is good for Shanay Bansal—he is due to get married in a few months and has been nominated for a prestigious award by Business Right Now. Until he receives a mysterious voice note from an unknown number one night. It’s a woman’s voice telling him that he is part of

A Mouth Full of Blood : Why reading Toni Morrison matters

Editor | Non-fiction Spanning four decades, Toni Morrison’s essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us. They are concerned with race, gender and globalisation. The sweep of American history and the current state of politics. The duty of the press and the role of the artist. Throughout A Mouth Full of Blood our search

Beyond the Asianet Survey: Why UDF will thump LDF in the Lok Sabha polls

By John Cheeran There is nothing surprising in the Asianet-AZ opinion poll predicting a comprehensive win for the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the forthcoming elections to the Lok Sabha. The survey conducted in the first week of February has predicted a maximum of 16 seats to the UDF, leaving the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic

Suspicious Minds: The thrilling prequel to Stranger Things

Editor | Fiction If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things. A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind

Adventures of Biplob the bumble bee

Editor | Children’s Fiction Biplob is a very busy bumblebee. When he isn’t collecting nectar, he is off on rollicking adventures to save his garden with the help of his friends Farmer Balram and the flowers. From harvesting water to saving baby plants from a dangerous infection, Biplob comes up with innovative ideas that are