The history of independent India told through Bollywood songs

In Note by Note – The India Story 1947-2017, the authors weave an engaging narrative around history by picking one song from each year.

‘Humans – A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up’: A book that makes you laugh & think

Tom Phillips’s book makes you ponder beyond rhetoric, while lunatic, eccentric characters from history keep you entertained.

Decoding the idea of ‘azadi’ in Kashmir

In his new book, David Devdas collates and analyses different responses of people living in the Valley and puts the rise of new militancy in context. Among the troubling words that surfaced in a survey of 600 Kashmiri students about ‘azadi’ were: “slaves of India”, “humiliation” and “toys in the hands of Indian government and Indian military”. David Devdas’s book, The Generation of Rage in Kashmir, brings multiplicity of voices from within and decodes that “nebulous concept” called azadi (freedom) that is largely understood as political aspiration of Kashmiris. As the conflict in Kashmir takes a new turn with tabloids and media outlets full of debates and discussion on the wave of ‘new militancy’, Devdas asked the students questions based on the idea of azadi, women’s rights, sectarianism, among others. Of these questions, the responses on azadi bring out a menacing sense of deprivation and betrayal that the youth in the Valley has experienced compared to their counterparts elsewhere. The plurality of responses...

Taberez Neyazi’s book traces Hindi media’s journey from an also-ran to a potent force

Taberez Ahmed Neyazi’s new book traces the journey of the Hindi media post-independence, and shows how they adapted to socio-political stimuli.

A magical insight into the world of Indian jadoo

John Zubrzycki’s Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns is meticulously researched and crisply narrated, and will charm magic aficionados and lay readers alike.

How Facebook destroys privacy, undermines democracy & helps raise a surveillance state

In ‘Antisocial Media’, Siva Vaidhyanathan tries to untangle the complex web of social networks, even as they gain increasing control over our lives and polity.