Alexandra Roginski reviews 'Empire of Enchantment: The story of Indian magic' by John Zubrzycki

Alexandra Roginski
20 December 2018

Almost before drawing breath, we meet two troupes of Indian magicians. One appears in the court of the Emperor Jahangir, early seventeenth-century Mughal ruler and aficionado of magic. In More

Claudia Hyles reviews 'Koh-I-Noor: The history of the world’s most infamous diamond' by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Claudia Hyles
30 October 2017

The deadline for this review was 15 August, India’s Independence Day, freedom at midnight in 1947 for India and Pakistan (whose independence is celebrated on 14 August). The British euph More

Mridula Nath Chakraborty reviews 'Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India' by Shashi Tharoor

Mridula Nath Chakraborty
28 September 2017

For a book that began as a tweet, Shashi Tharoor’s Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India has had a remarkable journey, taking its best-selling author on a world tour, More

'Letter from Jaipur: Free speech and sectarian tensions at the Jaipur Festival' by Claudia Hyles

Claudia Hyles
27 February 2012

This year’s Jaipur Literature Festival (20–24 January) more than lived up to the Indian Ministry of Tourism’s slogan – ‘Incredible India’.

The festival was established in 2006 as a component of the Jaipur Virasat (Heritage) Festival, an arts event intended to showcase the varied and colourful Rajasthani culture. Performances of classical music and dance were held in the fore ... More