What Orwell Owes to Motihari

Dhirendra K. Jha

The great novelist was born in Bihar. Who cares to remember? None, if the derelict state of his house is any indication

Riot and Wrong

As the Jarnail Singh incident reminds us, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots still rankle. This essay from Khushwant Singh’s Why I Supported the Emergency explains why

Good Khan, Bad Khan

John Man’s book on the warrior king Genghis Khan tries hard to make a leadership guru out of him. And falls flat

A Working Proposition

Bestselling author Alain de Botton on his latest book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, and why he wrote it.

Cricket Casino

If the BCCI hadn’t played spoilsport, Lalit Modi’s gamble for big money league would have hit the jackpot a decade ago. Excerpts from a new book

My Punjab, Their Punjab

Aatish Taseer and Daniyal Mueenuddin’s books revisit their fathers’ land to reveal the contradiction between Islam and feudal authority in Pakistan

Cliche Central

Yet another scholar’s grand take on India. But both theories and analyses read as if they are hot off the recycle bin


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