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Books

The Rewards of Ambition

Rajeev Deshpande

How India moved from coercive controls to economic freedom

Mapping the Hindu Mind

Understanding VD Savarkar’s political thought through his idea of history

Hilary Mantel (1952-2022): Past Perfectionist

Hilary Mantel (1952-2022) humanised characters from history, as she was interested in where politics met psychology, where the private met the public

BR Ambedkar: Flawed Genius

In a new biography of Ambedkar, Shashi Tharoor gets a measure of the constitutionalist and nation-builder, contending that an honest survey of Ambedkar’s life and its impact needs to also look at those faults for which he can be legitimately criticised without taking away from his greatness

Can God Die?

War and morality in the Mahabharata

Who Killed My Son?

An Indian-origin mother chronicles her 25-year-long battle for justice in the UK

Jawaharlal Nehru: The Man and the Myth

The rediscovery of Jawaharlal Nehru

Moni Mohsin: Flights of the Butterfly

Moni Mohsin returns with her party-going, status-chasing, protagonist. She tells Bhavya Dore why she looks at Pakistani society through a gossipy socialite

A Pause in Berlin

Amit Chaudhuri’s new novel is interested not in events but the interruptions

Jerry Pinto: Mumbai on His Mind

Jerry Pinto’s new novel is about urban adolescence in the eighties. He speaks to Open about the humiliations of college and the joys of language

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