Nazi Noir and more: Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series

By Vikas Datta,

Is it a feasible idea to set a series of noirish detective novels in a totalitarian state like Nazi Germany which itself practised violence intensively against its own citizens, or even in the midst of the viciously bloody conflict that was World War II? It may appear paradoxical but even in midst of such blood-letting, there are crimes that such a regime should have solved as they have not been "sanctioned". And since a totalitarian state may not be a monolithic entity but an aggregation of competing interests, an independent investigator is needed. Step in Bernie Gunther, a worthy counterpart to Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe but with higher stakes - his American counterparts don't risk being sent to a concentration camp permanently.

Burning Sands of International Relations

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

International relation is gravitating towards chaotic world order. The forces of conflict seem to be dominating over those supposedly mandated to maintain global peace. There seems to be conspiracy of silence by the guarantors of peace, as the perpetrators of violence are masquerading like free booters on rampage all over the world.

Is (only) Jamia Nagar ‘bad’ for Women?

By Mahtabnama,

Having lived in Jamia Nagar for almost half of my life (nearly 14 years), last week, I was startled to read the heading of an anecdotal piece of writing in, Is Jamia Nagar bad for women? A firsthand account from Aamna.

Indian players should have 20-20 vision of Test cricket

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Ask any player anywhere in the world and he will say Test cricket is the ultimate. But today - though he may not openly admit it - he knows in his heart that his Twenty20 performance is far more important.

It may sound nonsensical yet the aspiring cricketer has started believing that the easiest way to get into the limelight is through the shortest format of the game.


Competitive cities as fundamental drivers of prosperity

By Amit Kapoor,

Cities have been the engines of growth and prosperity since time immemorial. In fact, it may be surprising to note that the rise of Europe before the industrial revolution was, in part, driven by port cities like Genoa and Venice which competed against other centers and amongst themselves for gaining competitive advantage. Asian cities like Malabar, Calicut and Malacca were also well-known for their trading as well as toleration during the same period.

Shaitan ki khala: Hinglish Vinglish presents a new column by self-proclaimed "Shaitan ki khala" Asma Anjum Khana. TCN is not responsible for her shaitani ideas but they are worth reading and pondering.

By Asma Anjum Khan for,

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Ladies and gentlemen, have you got over your Mid May crisis? I did. Holidays, books and mangoes, helped. So now? Ready to take the new flight?

Courageous of Modi to talk of toilets from Red Fort

By Saeed Naqvi,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s courageous elaboration in his maiden Independence Day speech, on the nation’s need to build toilets had in it a touch of Acharya Vinoba Bhave. It also brought back a Devi Lal story.

Modi's foreign policy: Good beginning in protecting core national interests

By Shiv Shankar Mukherjee,

Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal, the first by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, has received kudos from all stakeholders and commentators on both sides of the border and, most importantly for India, from the public in Nepal.

National sports awards need to be purified

By Veturi Srivatsa,

The controversy over every national award is getting beyond the pale. Unedifying hankering, uncultured lobbying and above all the lack of firmness in sticking to the norms have robbed the awards of the grace they deserve.

It is not just the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna and the Padma awards which are mired in the unseemly tug of war, even sportspersons have crossed the limits of decency in running down the chosen athletes and glorifying their own credentials undermining the sportsman's spirit.

Book in Urdu on heroes of ‘First War of Independence’

Book: Jang-E-Azadi Ke Sarkhail
Language- Urdu

By Dr. M Waseem Raja,

The book by Dr. Mohammad Shahid Siddique entitled “Jang-e-Azadi ke Sarkhail” published by Educational Publishing House is very timely, informative and a documented work which deals with revolt of 1857. In this book Dr. Shahid has tried to bring out the detailed biographical sketches of the prominent freedom fighters who fought the first war of independence during the revolt of 1857. He widely consulted the source material on the theme and brought out the detailed descriptions of the contribution by the Indian native princes, commanders and those brilliant warriors have been portrayed.