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Home cooking means healthier eating – there’s an opportunity to change food habits for good

Food isn’t just about nutrients for humans. Food brings joy through its tastes and flavours. Food connects us to those around us, to nature and our own unique cultures and experiences.

Radhika Govindrajan’s Animal Intimacies: a Tale of Difference and Ineffable Affinity

Book Review /Animal Intimacies: Beastly Love in the Himalayas unravels the complex layers of modernity, superstition, faith and tradition in the villages of central Himalayas.

Food democracy: why eating is unavoidably political

FOOD Corporate control of the global seed sector is one symptom of an undemocratic food system that favours transnational agribusinesses.

Samskar: A journey of self-exploration

FROM THE BOOKSHELF Samskara is a book that opens the critical eye of the reader for brahminical oppression and puts forward a perspective of seeing the world that Is modern and skeptical. Mohammad Zafar

Can Droughts be averted?

Growing water crisis and mismanagement of water resources is certainly a concern that neither the nation-state nor the local communities can ignore, the book throws light into the complexities and debates involved. Dr. Ramanujam Meganathan

Mr. Modi, Children are not Warriors

FROM THE BOOKSHELF In this brief review essay, Professor Avijit Pathak has reflected on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's new book Exam Warriors (Penguin Books), and with absolute humility advised him to rethink what he has written in this well packaged product.

Revisiting Silent Spring

FROM THE BOOKSHELF Excessive use of chemicals and insecticides in agriculture not only degrade land and water resources but adversely impact human health too. With inadequate attention being paid to alternatives in agriculture a book like Silent Spring continues to have its relevance even after many years of its publication. Mohammad Zafar

Anonymity Runs in Women’s Blood

EXCERPT Virginia Wolf’s A Room of One’s Own (1929) is a classic feminist essay. We are reproducing a small segment of this iconic text. It makes us see and feel how difficult it was (or is) for a woman to find her space and unfold her creativity.

A Plea Against the Ruthlessness of Developement

Humanity and nature must work in coordination to make sustainable living a possibility. With our tendency of excessive exploitation of nature and a desire for reckless growth we are bound to cause immense destruction to nature and subsequently to our own civilization. An alternative discourse is that of ecofeminism: a voice against the hegemony of aggressive developemntalism and a plea for sustainable futures. Here is an engaging excerpt from the book ‘Soil Not Oil’ by Vandana Shiva.

The wonder of science

Even in the age of Internet one should not be deprived of touching a book, feeling its reality, reading it, and sharing it. And...

The Deadly Combination of Development and Religious Nationalism

U.R. Ananthamurthy died on 22 August 2014. Hindutva or Hind Swaraj is his very last work. Keerti Ramachandra and Vivek Shanbhag have translated it from Kannada. There is no doubt that , as Shiv Visvanathan has indicated in the Foreword, this little book is written in a desperate hurry by an author who knew he was dying. Yet, here is a book that is courageous in spirit, and enlightens its readers; it reaffirms that Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj is a meaningful answer to Savarkar’s Hindutva.

CONVERSATION WITH ANANYA DASGUPTA : From Literature to Critical Pedagogy

 From Literature to Critical Pedagogy Ananya Dasgupta teaches literatures of the British renaissance and writing in the English Department at Shiv Nadar University. She is...