Books

Gujarati biography of Indian patriot Virchand Gandhi released


World's first Gujarati biography on Indian patriot Shree Virchand Raghavji Gandhi written by his great-grandson Shree  Chandreshbhai Dhirajlalji Gandhi (Mahuva) was inaugurated in the month of March by Gachchadipati Acharyashree Vijay Nityanandsuriji Marasaheb at Bodeli, Gujarat.   The books title is ‘Gandhi ni Gaatha Gandhi ni Kalamthi’ where in the first Gandhi refers to Virchand ...

A new window on life of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose


There are not many Indian heroes whose lives have been as dramatic and adventurous as that of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. That, however, is an assessment of his life based on what is widely known about him. These often revolve around his resignation from the Indian Civil Service, joining the freedom movement, to be exiled...

Examining the evolution of right to liberty in India


New Delhi: Rohan Alva's 'Liberty After Freedom' explores the origins and evolution of what is today considered the most important fundamental right in the Indian Constitution - the right to life and personal liberty guaranteed by Article 21.   Drawing extensively from the Constituent Assembly debates, and a wide array of scholarly literature, the book questions...

An anthology of 200 years of English essays from India


Mumbai: Unless you’re a literary buff who seeks out good non-fiction writing, especially essays were written by Indians, the chances of you having read something outside of school and college syllabi are low. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, poet, writer, and critic, puts it rather bluntly: “We’ve certainly not paid as much attention to the essay...

Nalin Mehta’s book explores BJP’s rise to power


New Delhi: A recently released book, “The New BJP: Modi and the Making of the World’s Largest Political Party” goes beyond Hindutva politics to explain how BJP reshaped Indian polity using its brand of social engineering cleverly using caste to build caste-based coalitions, even as it claimed to have built a new welfare state with...

Translating Tamil classic Thirukkural for wider dissemination of its wisdom


By Suchitra Srinivas Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma had a resounding impact of Tamil literature during his stay in the culture-soaked-lands of Madurai in South India. Five years in the new land and the literary connections he could make here made him realize a new purpose in life. Very soon he began his work on the translation...

When cancer sorted a midlife crisis


When Shormistha Mukherjee, whose Linkedin profile describes her as a storyteller, creative strategist, problem solver, connection maker, team builder and entrepreneur, was diagnosed with cancer, she kept wondering why people were so awkward around her. Then she realized it was because they didn't know what to say because in India, "we don't talk about cancer,...

Jasvinder Kaur’s Coffee table book explores Punjab fashion in Raj-era


The lavishly displayed “Influences of the British Raj on the Attire and Textiles of Punjab”, written by author-textile researcher Jasvinder Kaur, edited by Nirad Grover, and designed by Nikheel Aphale, traces simpler times in Punjab when western clothes were gaining currency among the men and women of the province — even when the British...

‘Cub reporter’ Manash Ghosh relives Bangladesh War 50 years on


“Bangladesh War – Report From Ground Zero” (Niyogi Books) is a riveting first-hand account of the liberation war written by former journalist Manash Ghosh. In fact, the author, then a mere cub reporter, had predicted the coming of the war as early as in January 1971 by writing an article in the Sunday Statesman titled...