Rajni George

Return to the Magic Mountain
Return to the Magic Mountain

Tired of re-reading Camus’ The Plague and closed-room murder mysteries, or of obsessing over the novel coronavirus? These ten novels about quarantine and isolation may help get you through the lockdown—whether you are ill, retreating from the world or just brooding

03 April 2020
Runs in the Family
Runs in the Family

A collaborative photo book looks at an immigrant scientist’s images through his son’s eyes

11 December 2019
Margaret Atwood: The New Testament
Margaret Atwood: The New Testament

Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her cult novel is marked by the same urgency of cultural zeitgeist and prophetic resonance that made the publication of the original a literary event 34 years ago

20 September 2019
Elif Shafak: ‘I defend a pluralistic, liberal democracy’

Turkish author Elif Shafak tackles difficult subjects, often to the ire of the ruling regime. She tells Rajni George how storytelling can create empathy

05 July 2019
On the Run

A classic tale of oppression provides a visceral understanding of caste violence

21 June 2019
Scientist as Storyteller

Last conversations with Oliver Sacks

07 June 2019
Leïla Slimani
Smashing Stereotypes

The rise of the anti-everywoman

13 March 2019
Nayantara Sahgal
Nayantara Sahgal: Dissenting Note

Nayantara Sahgal tells Rajni George about a world where cruelty has become casual

06 March 2019
Anita Desai
Anita Desai: Insider Outsider

The Mexico of Anita Desai has an Indian core that remains resonant to this day

18 October 2018
Amitabha Bagchi
An Inspired Flight

Ambitious and earnest, Amitabha Bagchi’s new novel faces up to our times

11 July 2018


Shylashri Shankar

Shylashri Shankar is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Mehr Tarar

Mehr Tarar is a well-known Pakistani columnist and author

Nanditha Krishna

Nanditha Krishna is a historian, author and environmentalist, and director of the CPR Institute of Indological Research in Chennai

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of the forthcoming book Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity. Views are personal

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His next book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism, will be published in early 2018 by Cambridge University Press


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