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India Is Elsewhere

Srinath Raghavan

The author fails to understand the impact of democracy in South Asia

End of an Aura

An academic take on the last years of Indira Gandhi fails to capture her impact on Indian politics

Rust-Free Fiction

What is it about Ruskin Bond’s work that gives it its extraordinary vitality and luminosity?

Missing the Mahatma

An inquiry into Gandhi’s death fails to put him in the historical context of the Subcontinent

Spring Library

Cyber espionage, bibliophilia in Beirut, the ultimate nature bible—and funny girls

And the Mountain Echoed

A meditation on existence from the shadow of the Himalayas

Peace and the Pachyderm

A modern day tale about the plight of elephants in their battle with humans

Love, Sex and the City

Starcrossed lovers revive Allahabad’s glory days in this charming if dated translation—and the lingering gender debate

The Second Coming

Novelist Kiran Nagarkar’s once-censored play is in print at last, with a fast-paced new screenplay

I’m the Book

In his latest outing, Karl Ove Knausgaard portrays himself as a teenager with literary ambition

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