Chandigarh through the camera

Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier’s City Today by Shaun Fynn. Mapin. Pages 240. Rs 3,500 Review by by Roopinder Singh The concrete expression of Le Corbusier’s and Jawarhal Nehru’s vision has many admirers, and rightly so. The planned city has proven to be an enduring symbol of postcolonial and post-war architecture, even as it has evolved into a vibrant living space that …


Organised loot & plunder called trade

Review of The Ascent of John Company: From Traders to Rulers (1756-1787)  By G S Cheema. How on earth did a group of traders get the better of an empire and establish themselves as masters of a nation? Not quite by playing cricket. In the 28 years it took them to subvert the Mughal Empire and establish themselves, we “see human …