City Lights

V Shoba

Has culture lost its place in Bangalore?

A Leader Comes Home

PV Narasimha Rao, one of India’s most misunderstood prime ministers, finally gets a biography he deserves

The Shashi Mystique

This anecdotal biography charts the evolution of India’s first crossover star

Reading the Lives of Others

The intimate pleasures of biography


S Prasannarajan • PR Ramesh • Ullekh NP • Madhavankutty Pillai • V Shoba • Lhendup G Bhutia • Chinki Sinha • Gunjeet Sra • Rajni George • Divya Unny

The Eternal Poet

A new biography of Sahir Ludhianvi brings to life the poet who changed the idiom of Hindi cinema lyrics

A Lot Like Rajiv

In his aptitude for flying, his ease in reaching out to people, and his desire to be ‘the regular guy’, Rahul Gandhi is quite like his father. An extract from Open staffer Jatin Gandhi and Veenu Sandhu’s hot-off-the press biography of the leader, Rahul

Steve Jobs, the Enigma

This book offers multiple ways of looking at Apple’s charismatic creator. Of these, expect the appreciative to outlast the gossipy

Sonia, an Uncritical View

Clearly, a book for a foreign readership by an ill-informed writer. Why foist this on us?

The Two Faces of Bishan Singh Bedi

The Two Faces of Bishan Singh Bedi In a country where biographies are akin to hagiographies, Suresh Menon’s book on the spin bowler is refreshingly objective


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