Currency in India: from more to less

Keynes’s 1913 book explains how paper currency was introduced and its use encouraged

‘Trump makes sense to a grocery store owner’

Economist-mathematician Nassim Nicholas Taleb contends that there is a global riot against pseudo-experts

Leaves from an annual takeaway

As the clock rings in 2017, looking back at the memorable books from a year most would otherwise like to forget

Rare Kannada-Latin dictionary, reborn after 161 years

Did Father Jean-marie Auguste Bouteloup greet his congregation in 1851 with “Salve, Bengalori!”?

Wig to wit — the court writes its story

Book traces journey of laws and jurisprudence through a past so vast and often violent

‘More liberal than all other Asian Americans’

Of all Asian Americans, Indian Americans were the least likely to support Donald Trump.

Malayalam repays its first lexicographer

Hermann Gundert  

Dickens in today’s America

It’s appropriate that the Booker goes to a writer who puts American values so nakedly on the mat

The problem with Lionel Shriver’s speech

As we sort out our own feelings about where we are with caste and race and gender and disability, as we educate ourselves, there is bound to be many moments of acknowledging our own privilege

‘Dear Mama… Love, Roald’

The only time Hitler finds a mention in his early letters is when a waiter tips over food on a newspaper that he’s reading. “I couldn’t read about Hitler”, he tells Sofie, “for he was covered with bread sauce.”

As Rowling sorts out her universe

The fluidity of time allows Rowling to reconstruct the past, experiment with alternate endings, and explore possibilities she hadn’t before

Post-1991, inequality has widened: Ramesh

The economic reforms that started in 1991 have helped cut poverty significantly even as inequality has widened appreciably, said Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, and author of a book

Reading Elie Wiesel in Auschwitz

Wiesel’s intervention was instrumental in entrenching the Holocaust as the pre-eminent morality tale of the 20th century

Free after 14 years, the spy who never was speaks out

Mr. Khan, the author of a book, (Speaking Tiger, 2016), was in conversation with journalist Sidharth Bhatia, and the event was hosted by Literature Live.

Khurshid Kasuri’s flight of fancy

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan from 2002 till 2007, was recently in the news (while in India) for the launch of his book Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy.

Jamaican writer Marlon James wins Man Booker

Jamaican writer Marlon James has been named the winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Journalist wins literature Nobel

It’s not an award for me but for our culture, for our small country, which has been caught in a grinder throughout history — Svetlana Alexievich, BelaruSian investigative journalist

Can’t relax against hunger

A valuable account of how holistic, small-farmer based agriculture can show the way

The return of ideology

Pundits are arguing about the “purpose” of politics, saying it is not simply about winning power, but about believing in something: ideology trumps power

The character map

Ethical behaviour can still fetch good business results. It is practical and revenue-happy, shows a new book