Journalism

Essays

 

Intellectual biography

Is Goodness Natural?
Philippa Foot and the revival of essence
Aeon

How not to be a chucklehead
The life and afterlives of JL Austin
Aeon

“Hope Means What?”
RK Laxman, the political cartoon and pessimism
Caravan

Reading the Small Print
AK Ramanujan as poet, critic and translator
Caravan

Seeing Like a Sociologist
MN Srinivas and the idea of fieldwork
Caravan

Openly in Total
Bhupen Khakhar’s Experiments with Truth
Caravan

Is fun fun?
Aubrey Menen and the idea of the minor writer
Caravan

Personal Essays

Rhodocycles
Must Rhodes fall?
n+1

Add Your Own Egg (unabridged) / Bringing Philosophy to Life (abridged)
Bernard Williams and the limits of philosophy
The Point / The Chronicle Review

Enid Blyton, Moralist
Enid Blyton and the reality of other people
Aeon

Book Reviews

Fiction

Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair
The Daily Telegraph

Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness (£)
Literary Review

Aravind Adiga, Selection Day (£)
Literary Review

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (£)
Literary Review

Joanna Kavenna, A Field Guide to Reality (print only)
The Oldie

Kate Saunders, Five Children on the Western Front (print only)
The Oldie

JK Rowling, The Casual Vacancy
LiveMint

Jeanette Winterson, The Daylight Gate
LiveMint

Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
The Caravan

Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer
The Hindu Business Line

Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
The Oxonian Review

Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
New Statesman

Non-fiction

Justin EH Smith, The Philosopher: A History in Six Types
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Larissa MacFarquhar, Strangers Drowning Voyages to the Brink of Moral Extremity
The Hindu Business Line

Ferdinand Mount, The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905 
The Oxonian Review

TM Krishna, A Southern Music
Biblio

Brad Inwood and Raphael Woolf (trs), Aristotle: Eudemian Ethics
The Oxonian Review

Adil Jussawalla, Maps for a Mortal Moon
The Hindu Business Line

Sam Miller, A Strange Kind of Paradise
The Hindu Business Line

Ed Hawkins, Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket’s Underworld
The Sunday Guardian

William Dalrymple, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
The Oxonian Review

André Béteille, Sunlight on the Garden
LiveMint

Anjan Sundaram, Stringer
LiveMint

Anatol Lieven, Pakistan: A Hard Country
The Oxonian Review

Ramachandra Guha, Makers of Modern India
The Caravan

Rory Stewart and Gerald Knaus, Can Intervention Work?
The Oxonian Review

Bill Morgan (ed.) The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder
The Oxonian Review

Zadie Smith, Changing my Mind: Occasional Essays
The Caravan

Philip Ziegler, Legacy: Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships
New Statesman

Poetry

Shrikant Varma, Magadh (tr. Soni)
The Oxonian Review

 

Features

India and the Dreaming Spires: Indian Traces at Oxford
The Hindu Business Line

Saturday School

Monthly magazine column in BLink, The Hindu Business Line, on philosophy and popular culture.

On Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

On Season 1 of HBO’s Westworld (2016)

On Sherlock Holmes

On simpler times

On feudal decadence

On Calvin and Hobbes

On philosophy and the obvious