Review of Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s ‘Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy’: tea, Osmania biscuits and Partition

Review of Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s ‘Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy’: tea, Osmania biscuits and Partition

The human suffering that was catalysed by the Partition has been sketched in fictionalised detail by authors such as Rajinder Singh Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto, Khushwant Singh and Bhisham Sahni. Authors continue to add to Partition literature. But there is a growing hunger among a new generation to understand what happened in the crucial years … Read more

Review: Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

Review: Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

Set primarily in 1948, a period of much chaos in a newly independent India, Hyderabad is the second part of Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s Partition trilogy. At the time, Hyderabad was India’s largest and wealthiest princely State, ruled by the world’s richest man, the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, who … Read more

Bharat Jodo Yatra resumes in Maha, Cong to distribute 600 copies of Nehru’s book on his birth anniversary

Bharat Jodo Yatra resumes in Maha, Cong to distribute 600 copies of Nehru’s book on his birth anniversary

The Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi entered its 68th day as it resumed from Kalamnuri in Hingoli district of Maharashtra on Monday after a one-day break. Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said 600 copies of Jawaharlal Nehru’s book ‘Discovery of India’ will be distributed to the yatra participants on Monday, on the … Read more

Bharat Jodo Yatra Resumes in Maharashta, Congress to Distribute 600 Copies of Nehru’s Book Today

Bharat Jodo Yatra Resumes in Maharashta, Congress to Distribute 600 Copies of Nehru’s Book Today

Last Updated: November 14, 2022, 12:05 IST The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7, has so far covered 28 districts in six states. (Photo by INCIndia) Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said 600 copies of Jawaharlal Nehru’s book ‘Discovery of India’ will be distributed to the yatra participants … Read more

Interview: Subrata K Mitra, author, Governance by Stealth: The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Making of the Indian State – “Patel and Nehru had a yang-and-yin relationship”

Interview: Subrata K Mitra, author, Governance by Stealth: The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Making of the Indian State – “Patel and Nehru had a yang-and-yin relationship”

What got you interested in writing a book about the Union Ministry of Home Affairs? The idea struck me in 2002 while collecting data for another book – The Puzzle of India’s Governance: Culture, Context and Comparative Theory (2005). I was in Delhi, at North Block, interviewing a civil servant who was an impressive Oxford-educated … Read more

On Big B’s 80th Birthday, Bachchans’ Tryst With Politics

On Big B’s 80th Birthday, Bachchans’ Tryst With Politics

Now 80 and going stronger than ever, spooling in celluloid miles’ with the roles rolling in and directors still lining up to sign him on, it’s Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday today. From Ramesh Sippy who directed him in the 1975 cult film Sholay to Ayan Mukerji who helmed his latest Brahmastra 47 years later, Bachchan is … Read more

Not another biography- The New Indian Express

Not another biography- The New Indian Express

Express News Service Jawaharlal Nehru, once a beloved hero who ruled hundreds of millions of hearts, has today become an arch-villain. The former prime minister is ritually pilloried by those who wish to cast the country in a mould very different from what was envisioned by him. Nehru died in 1964. India has changed almost … Read more

How Jawaharlal Nehru inspired Parikshat Sahni to return home

How Jawaharlal Nehru inspired Parikshat Sahni to return home

Parikshat Sahni’s Strange Encounters – Adventures of a Curious Life comprises essays on what the actor calls “an untangling of random memories” from his youth to later years, “put together as they came to me in my contemplative moments, arranged in some mad design…” The book includes chapters on the popular television series Gul Gulshan … Read more

This book reveals how chairs made by Godrej were symbolic of independent India’s socialist outlook

This book reveals how chairs made by Godrej were symbolic of independent India’s socialist outlook

In the middle of the dilapidated factory floor, a family of chairs sit in circular conference. Despite various stages of disrepair, these chairs with their painted frames, white plastic cane seats and backs, and synergy of proportions, betray their kinship. Pulled from a tangle of rusty green and grey metal, remnants of machines not dissimilar … Read more

Independence Day: BBC Archive shares first television interview of Jawaharlal Nehru

Independence Day: BBC Archive shares first television interview of Jawaharlal Nehru

The interview is from June 1953 and it marked the first television appearance of Nehru. Nehru was introduced in the interview by William Clark as one of Asia’s most prominent statesmen. “Yes, this is the first time I’m facing this ordeal. In fact, I know very little about television, except what I’ve heard about it,” … Read more