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The Case for Debate

Aresh Shirali

Indian political discourse is not a lost cause. A good grounding in an old tradition could inspire a revival, argues the political philosopher Bhikhu Parekh

The Young Gandhi

A biography puts the budding leader’s ambivalence over human equality to scrutiny

Lost in the City

The sequel to Shantaram is irredeemably caught between pulp and literary

Everywoman Extraordinaire

This passionate tribute to Smita Patil celebrates the actress’ great instinct and intensity

Editor’s Cut

From Mukesh Ambani’s first interview to Manmohan Singh’s transformation, TN Ninan has had a ringside view of the India story. Now he has captured it between the covers

Forever Istanbul

Orhan Pamuk maps a man and a metropolis in his new novel that ticks every box of great fiction

The Novel and Its Discontents

Reading Marlon James’ Booker winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, a fireball of a novel, and wondering: What’s it that makes fiction great?

Medieval Alchemy

A war adventure where disparate elements are held together by clever plotting

Falling Leaves

Can tea survive coffee in India?

Urban Dystopia

Margaret Atwood’s take on freedom versus security gets lost amid a pack of Elvis Presley sex robots

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