The Book Review, India’s first review journal in English, was started in 1976 by Chitra Narayanan, Uma Iyengar and Chandra Chari . It provides critical, in-depth reviews of books published in India and abroad on a variety of subjects — social sciences, humanities, fiction, management, environment, art, culture, science and children’s literature thus rendering a signal service to book lovers and scholars all over the country, including the small mofussil towns where access to the latest publications is difficult.

Editors
  • Chandra Chari
  • Uma Iyengar
Consultant Editor
  • Adnan Farooqui
Advisory Board Founder Members
  • K.R. Narayanan
  • Nikhil Chakravartty
  • Meenakshi Mukherjee
  • S.Gopal
  • Raja Ramanna
  • K.N. Raj
Editorial Advisory Board
  • Romila Thapar
  • Ritu Menon
  • Mallika Joseph
  • Narayani Gupta
  • Chitra Narayanan
  • Girish Karnad
  • T.C.A. Srinivasa Raghavan

The Book Review (TBR) was set up as a non-partisan, non-ideological forum to:

  • Promote Indian publications and Indian authors, particularly those in the Indian languages
  • Develop a culture of critical in-depth reviews, leveraging the expertise of the best in a given field
  • Promote awareness of studies in special areas of concern such as South Asian issues and gender issues
  • Encourage and develop high-quality translations of works in the Indian languages
  • To attract a wider audience for the areas, subjects and issues of the journal’s focus

Since its inception, TBR has attained many of its objectives, quickly becoming the benchmark, across the world, for critical reviews of works published in South Asia. The focus on Indian languages, South Asian studies, gender issues and children’s books, has remained unwavering, with numerous special issues, seminars and publications. Globally, the leading experts in fields as diverse as international relations, Gandhian studies, and ancient Indian history regularly contribute to the journal. Covering a very broad array of subjects, this pioneering venture has rendered a unique service to the literary and academic community and the reading public. The main goal of TBR is now to reach out to a wider audience.

History

The Book Review, India’s first review journal in English, was started in 1976 by Chitra Narayanan, Uma Iyengar and Chandra Chari. From the beginning, an Advisory Board was set up with founding members K.R. Narayanan ,V.P. Dutt, Dr S. Gopal, Meenakshi Mukherjee and Dr. Raja Ramanna and Romilla Thapar.

In 1980, the journal was temporarily handed over to Nikhil Chakravartty of Perspective Publications as all three founding editors were no longer in Delhi. The Book Review Literary Trust was founded in 1989 to significantly expand the activities of the organization to seminars, translations, publications and lectures. The three founding editors also became the Trustees and took back control of the journal.

In 1990, the journal started being published in its unique tabloid format, with a characteristic contents page and page layout that was widely emulated by other magazines in the same space. TBR’s periodicity became monthly in 1993. Since then, TBR has gone on to widen the range and increase the frequency of its special issues, including issues on South Asia, the Indian languages, gender issues, environment, education and Children’s Literature. 1998 saw the introduction of Book Fair Specials. From 1999 every November issue became Children’s book Special. South Asia bumper specials was started in the year 2000.