Books and Ideas
Books and Ideas
Mark Twain's bedtime fairytale to his daughters will be published this year
'The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine' will hit the stalls on September 26 to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s first book.
From the library shelves: The curious tale of Prophet Solomon and the Phoenix
A profusely illustrated manuscript whose style traces its origin to 18th-century Deccan, it has surprisingly eluded scholarly attention.
Why language is not everything that Noam Chomsky said it is
I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?
MEET THE WRITER
‘Satire is an easy word to just hide behind:’ Paul Beatty on his Man Booker-winning novel
The author of ‘The Sellout’ on labels, self-expression, the Trump-Modi era and racism.
The unspeakable things that leave us at a loss for words
Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?
Teesta Setalvad has written her memoir, and it’s every bit as chilling as you might imagine
‘The anti-Muslim sentiment in Gujarat was far cruder in the state than anywhere else in the country at that time.'
Madness and the art of a Bengali poet
The figure of Binoy Majumdar has been made more important than his works.
Dissent and democracy
We must re-read the essay that reminds us of the time India’s political leaders encouraged debate
Ramachandra Guha wrote about the engaged opposition between Jayaprakash Narayan and Jawaharlal Nehru.