Kashmir As I See It

  Title: Kashmir As I See It From Within and Afar Author: Ashok Dhar Genre: Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publications   Ashok Dhar, born and brought up in Kashmir, in this part historical and part autobiographical journey, gives an insight into the real problems plaguing Kashmir by looking at it through the mirror of objectivity and rationalism. Beginning with the true essence of Kashmiriyat and the … Continue reading Kashmir As I See It

Coming Out As Dalit: Relooking the Caste Question

  Title: Coming Out As Dalit Author: Yashica Dutt Publisher: Aleph Book Company Genre: Non-fiction   The question of caste-based reservation has always plagued India and has been a matter of debate among the middle class youth beginning in the 1990s when a young boy self-immolated himself to protest against the Mandal Commission. I myself have been a part of many such debates regarding caste-based … Continue reading Coming Out As Dalit: Relooking the Caste Question

Chit Chat with Janta Ka Reporter Ravish Kumar

How did your initiation into journalism happen? My teacher had suggested that I should become a journalist. So I tried pursuing that direction but did not know anything about the profession. I tried in many places but did not get a job. Finally I got the job of sorting letters in NDTV. Gradually, I became a translator, copied pieces for other people at the desk, … Continue reading Chit Chat with Janta Ka Reporter Ravish Kumar

I Stayed Away from Social Media for a Month and Here’s What Changed

  Around a month back, I very consciously, due to a bugging guilt of not working enough, decided to cut off from all social circles. Although I’m out of the self-imposed isolation now, here are some of the things that I learnt from that experience:   I saved a LOT of time: This was the main purpose of my action. We don’t realise how much we … Continue reading I Stayed Away from Social Media for a Month and Here’s What Changed

Shahi Galawti Kebabs from Aminia Restaurant

Happy Ramzaan guys! Hope you had a great Iftaar. To make my festivities more special, Aminia Restaurant sent over a plate of their new Shahi Galawti Kebab today evening. Galawti kebabs are known to owe their origin to Nawab Asad-ud-Daula(1748-1797) of Lucknow.The Nawab was so fond of kebabs that he had special orders for his cooks to come up with a new variant of kebab … Continue reading Shahi Galawti Kebabs from Aminia Restaurant

Politics of Jugaad

Title: Politics of Jugaad- A Coalition Handbook Author: Saba Naqvi Publisher: Rupa Publications Genre: Politics As we’re midway into the election, famous journalist and psephologist Saba Naqvi has come out with her latest book Politics of Jugaad which is a book tracing the history of coalition governments in India. The fascination with a ‘great leader’, such as Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, is now quite … Continue reading Politics of Jugaad

Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man

  Title: Straight to Normal Author: Sharif D. Rangnekar Genre: Autobiographical/ LGBT Publisher: Rupa Publications   “Homosexuality is a natural variant of human sexulity. A person’s sexual orientation is intrinsic to their being. It is connected with their individuality, and identity. A classification which discriminates between persons based on their innate nature, would be violative of their fundamental rights, and cannot withstand the test of constitutional … Continue reading Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man

Calcutta Under Fire

  Title: Calcutta Under Fire- The Second World War Years Author: David Lockwood Genre: Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publication   The Second World War was the most important phase in the history of India as well as the world. Calcutta Under Fire explores the different political and humanitarian aspects when Kolkata was affected by the war and the Japanese ironically sided with INA led by Netaji … Continue reading Calcutta Under Fire

Murder in the Monastery

Title: Murder in the Monastery Author: Barun Chanda Publisher: Rupa Publications Murder in the Monastery is a thriller by senior actor Barun Chanda which begins on a very interesting note dealing with a detective on a vacation in a hill station that gets extended because of a lost manuscript which contains confidential information about Buddhism and Christianity. It explores the controversy of Jesus Christ spending … Continue reading Murder in the Monastery

Lutyens’ Maverick

  Title: Lutyens’ Maverick Author: Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda Publisher: Rupa Publications   Lutyens’ Maverick  is a collection of short essays by the author who has served in the Parliament for 18 long years and has the rare distinction of being elected twice each to the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The book is divided into six sections and ranges from topics like reservation for … Continue reading Lutyens’ Maverick

Satyajit’s Heroes and Heroines: A Travel Through Time

  Title: Satyajit Ray’s Heroes & Heroines Author: Amitava Nag Genre: Film, Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publications   Despite being a movie buff, I’ve never really understood or even tried to understand the intricacies of cinema. I mainly watch films for entertainment and hoping for a plot which makes me think. Growing up in Bengal, I saw that if there was someone who was worshipped after … Continue reading Satyajit’s Heroes and Heroines: A Travel Through Time

Essential Vivekananda: Not a Review

  “The highest things are under your feet, because you are Divine Stars; all these things are under your feet. You can swallow the stars by the handful if you want; such is your real nature. Be strong, get beyond all superstitions and be free.” – (The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. VIII)     As the child of parents who were the disciples … Continue reading Essential Vivekananda: Not a Review