Ashutosh Bhardwaj

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The Far Field | A mature debut that revels in its simplicity and subtlety

A friend of Shalini’s father, he makes a sudden appearance at the end and has unexpected, perhaps unwarranted, sex with her before betraying her.

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A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There | Significant historical work that needs to be approached afresh

Four years on, reading its English translation, A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There, by Daisy Rockwell, I realise that I did well to restrict myself to a few polite sentences. For, not only Rockwell’s translation has transforme

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First They Erased Our Name | A Rohingya’s chilling memoir

A Rohingya’s chilling memoir brings forth anxieties and phobias faced by many across the globe in the name of nationalism, race and religion

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Permanent Record: The memoir of the most famous whistleblower of our times – Edward Snowden

Modern pollution is what Snowden terms the records of our lives imprinted in various devices that surround us

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Quichotte: Don, in search of the novel

Exactly four centuries later, Salman Rushdie arrives with his fourteenth novel, Quichotte, a variation on Cervantes’s masterpiece.

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Babu Bangladesh – book review: A missing protogonist, a dead author and a nation in turmoil

Born in the mid-1970s, a period when his newly-born country Bangladesh was undergoing a violent turmoil, Numair Atif Choudhury went on to obtain a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Book Review: Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh tackles climate change in his latest novel, but the burden of superfluous details and lack of ideas leave the reader unmoved

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Book Review – Battling for India: A Citizen’s Reader by Githa Hariharan and Salim Yusufji

Edited by Githa Hariharan and Salim Yusufji, Battling For India: A Citizen’s Reader is a collection of articles, essays, interviews and poems by writers and intellectuals during the period to address these concerns.

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Journeys | Life and work of a writer who left mark on several genres

Going through a selection of Ramanujan’s diary, one wonders not only at the entries included, but also about the ones left out

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Mouth Full of Blood| An exploration of psychological causes that push women to the margins

Sexism & racism in society apart, Toni Morrison’s new book is also an exploration of psychological causes that push women to the margins

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The Fate of Butterflies| Novel gives us warning of the ominous times ahead

Nayantara Sahgal’s new novel attempts to give us a warning of the ominous times ahead

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Black Leopard and Red Wolf: The ambitious novel falters along its edge

The ambitious new novel of Booker-winner author Marlon James falters along its edges.

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Radical Ambedkar: Analysing divergent personas of the leader

The book has been edited by academicians Suraj Yengde and Anand Teltumbde.

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Book Review: ‘killing Commendatore’ by Haruki Murakami

Famed for creating mystical worlds, Haruki Murakami may leave the reader dissatisfied with his latest novel about a portrait artist

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Listen To Me: A powerful defence and mirror of women writing in India

The book also has some insightful episodes about the life of women writers and the subtle discriminations they face at various levels.

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Book review: Mainstream or marginalised?

Two books focusing on the Maoist zone try to decode the dynamics of the region and its tribes

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Book review: Looking for the nation: Towards another idea of India by Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

Another book on the idea of a nation serves as a reminder for course correction.

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Book Review: Amit Dutta’s ‘Invisible Webs: An Art Historical Inquiry into the Life and Death of Jangarh Singh Shyam’

A book charts the flawed trajectory of modern Indian art, with a focus on the most famous suicide of a painter in independent India.

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Book review: Ramachandra Guha’s ‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World’

A book that reveals the many shades of the Mahatma, the people associated with him and the making of an independent India.

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Book review: Gurcharan Das’s ‘Kama: The Riddle of Desire’

In Gurcharan Das’ latest, philosophy meets fiction in concurrent narratives that examine human desires across civilisations.

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Book Review- “The Disobedient Indian: Towards a Gandhian Philosophy of Dissent” focuses on how Mahatma Gandhi led anti-colonial struggle on the plank of disobedience

A powerful moral and philosophical argument for disobedience as a mandatory duty of every citizen in a democracy.

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Book Review-‘Ninety-Seven Poems’: Poems in new volume of Terribly Tiny Tales seem to be products of first draft

The poems in this book hardly betray any artistic ambition to survive for posterity or find a place in the annals of poetry. Their oath is to the present moment; they wish to be read, reviewed and examined only in the context

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Poetry of loss: Translations of two Urdu novellas bring forth the erosion of memories of a civilisation

Hussain’s Day and Dastan, a translation of his two Urdu novellas by Nishat Zaidi and Alok Bhalla, confirms his reputation as a major storyteller of the subcontinent.

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Women in arms: Poignant tales of female militants

One reason that India has seen several insurgencies in the past 70 years is because they secured the participation of women in large numbers.

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A portrait of Shankaracharya: Author Pavan Varma charts the thinker’s life and metaphysics in a lucid form

Adi Shankaracharya is among the most profound and perplexing figures of Indian civilisation

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Memoir of a sex slave: Autobiography of Yazidi woman enslaved by ISIS

The autobiography of a Yazidi woman enslaved by the ISIS is a comment on the abyss in which human civilisation finds itself in.

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Book review – Dispossessed: Stories from India’s Margins

Questioning privilege: A book presents field accounts of scholars as they encounter a life of deprivation that is completely and achingly different from their lives

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