Books

‘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...

‘Whole Numbers and Half Truths’ by Rukmini S


There is a mountain of data available in India but it remains opaque, hard to access, and harder yet to read, and it does not inform public conversation. Rukmini S marshals this information, some of it never-before reported, alongside probing interviews with experts and ordinary citizens to see what the numbers can tell us...

Tracing the journey of Indian cricket from 1947


‘Indian Innings: The Journey of Indian Cricket from 1947’, edited by Ayaz Memon narrates the history of Indian cricket through earlier published reports of journalists who enjoyed a ringside view of the action. Ayaz Memon, a prominent sports journalist in India, has done a commendable job putting together an anthology that spotlights some of the...

Escape from Pakistan is a thrilling tribute to the courage of Jack Shea


'Escape From Pakistan', the untold story of Commodore Jack Shea is a pulse-pounding thriller by Debora Ann Shea, and a long-overdue tribute to her father Commodore Jack Shea – a gallant mariner who epitomized courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds. It is an inspiring story of a naval officer Jack Shea, who masterminded the...

First War of Independence through an Indian lens


As the First War of Independence raged, a Brahmin from Maharashtra, Vishnubhat Godse, on a pilgrimage found himself caught right in the middle of the action. He, along with his uncle Rambhat, went through a series of adventures, including barely escaping hanging. Upon his return home, Godse wrote it all down in Marathi so that...

Rare radio broadcasts by Birdman Dr Salim Ali released in book form


The radio broadcasts of legendary ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali have been compiled in book form and released on his 125th birth anniversary on November 16. The book titled, ‘Words for Birds’ is edited by renowned author Tara Gandhi. The book comprises the text of 35 radio broadcasts by Dr. Salim Ali on All India Radio (AIR)...

Chronicling the rise and fall of ‘Coffee King’ VG Siddhartha


A biography of ‘Coffee King’ VG Siddhartha would be released early next year. “Coffee King: The Swift Rise and Sudden Death of Café Coffee Day Founder VG Siddhartha” by business journalists Rukmini Rao and Prosenjit Datta and published by Pan Macmillan India. The book pieces together the dynamic rise of Siddhartha as a businessman...

British-Indian journalist’s monograph of PM Modi unveiled in Sharjah


A monograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by British Indian writer Mihir Bose, which had been termed as a fascinating and original take on one of the most interesting political leaders of our age by David Smith of The Sunday Times, has been unveiled at Sharjah International Book Fair. The 62-page monograph titled, ‘Narendra Modi...

Filipino, Russian journalists awarded Nobel Peace Prize


London: Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were on Friday conferred the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 for "their courageous fight for freedom of expression" in their homeland, the Philippines and Russia, respectively and as "representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the...