• Narcopolis : A Literary Review

    Narcopolis : A Literary Review0

    Jeet Thayil’s debut novel, the deftly and aptly titled Narcopolis is—like the polis in which it takes place—part cacophony, part symphony: a whirlwind of drugs, sex, violence, loves, lives, deaths, and more than anything, stories. “Bombay,” the book begins, “which obliterated its own history by changing its name and surgically altering its face, is the

  • A Radical (and Hopeful) Approach  to the Fight Against Global Poverty

    A Radical (and Hopeful) Approach to the Fight Against Global Poverty0

    In Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo set out to convince their readers that we need not feel overwhelmed when approaching the daunting reality of global poverty. They urge us to realize that, in fact, significant progress in this ongoing battle is actually within

  • The Music Room

    The Music Room1

    The Zamindars were the feudal lords of India, aristocrats who owned huge tracts of land and collected taxes from the peasantry. They were also often philanthropists and cultural patrons, using their wealth to acquire art to enjoy and distinguish themselves. Huzur, the tragic protagonist of The Music Room, Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece, is passionate about


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