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Books

Nirmal Verma: A Moral Life

Aditya Mani Jha

The making of the writer Nirmal Verma

Tricoloured Memories

Oral histories that conjure up the varied experiences of 1947

Booker prize 2022: The Final Six

The novels shortlisted for the Booker prize 2022 use humour, horror and heart as strategy

Why Abdul Kalam Was Denied a Second Term

On the eve of his birth anniversary on October 15, his former private secretary makes some startling revelations about the politics behind the scenes

Languorous Unfoldings

An anthology by young writers that spans Mughal nostalgia to present dystopias

Speaking from the Cloisters

A chronicle of the life of a nun and her fight for justice

Kamila Shamsie: The Anatomy of a Friendship

In her new novel, Kamila Shamsie moves between Karachi of the late 1980s and London of today. She speaks to Open about how childhood bonds can fray and strengthen over time

The Rewards of Ambition

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

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