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A Book Of Simple Living: Brief Notes From The Hills by Ruskin Bond
From the inimitable Bond comes wisdom wrapped in gentle tales, mountain mist and the natural world
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Mar 09, 2015
The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall
The book is as detailed and thorough as the various temples, stupas and mon­astic precints it covers.
Reviewed by Gautam Bhatia
Magazine | Mar 09, 2015
Restart: The Last Chance For The Indian Economy by Mihir S. Sharma
A book on the chronic failures of our economy is painted in the broadest strokes, yet a compelling read
Reviewed by Suhel Seth
Magazine | Mar 02, 2015
My Name Is Abu Salem by S. Hussain Zaidi
The book, despite its details, does not bring Salem to life, who remains flat, untouched.
Reviewed by Amrita Shah
Magazine | Mar 02, 2015
Freedom's Mother by Anisul Hoque
The Bangladesh insurrection comes alive in this novel, so too the horrors, and the heroics of the people
Reviewed by Mani Shankar Aiyar
Magazine | Feb 23, 2015
AN UNFINISHED AGENDA: My Life In The Pharmaceutical Industry by Dr Anji Reddy
Reviewed by Anvar Alikhan
Magazine | Feb 23, 2015
Editor Unplugged: Media, Magnates, Netas & Me by Vinod Mehta
The tigers of the media and the corporate world find themselves caught in the unsparing, irreverent gaze of Vinod Mehta
Reviewed by Harish Khare
Magazine | Feb 16, 2015
The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer
The impulses of foreign blood join the fading old aristocracy in this tale of examining roots in ’80s India
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Feb 09, 2015
The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years by Pranab Mukherjee
There is little spark in Muk­herjee’s prose to light it up, but when did we last hear or read a spirited defence of Ind­ian democracy’s ‘darkest period’?
Reviewed by Uttam Sengupta
Magazine | Feb 09, 2015
Kafkaland: Prejudice, Law And Counterterrorism In India by Manisha Sethi
Looking at how the Amit Shah case has been managed, the possibility of other fake encounter cases falling apart is very real.
Reviewed by Saba Naqvi
Web | Jan 21, 2015
Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End by Atul Gawande
A brilliant look at ageing, illness and approaching death shows how modern medicine fails on the emotional frontier
Reviewed by Kavery Nambisan
Magazine | Jan 19, 2015
Becoming A Mountain by Stephen Alter
A deeply felt, personal story of travelling on many levels
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | Jan 19, 2015
Fire Altar by Keki N. Daruwalla Escape Artist by Sridala Swami When God Is A Traveller by Arundhathi Subramaniam Selected Poems by Joy Goswami & Sampurna Chattarji
Daruwalla’s ancient longings, Subramaniam’s wry humour, Swami’s colluding worlds and Goswami’s versatility—a bouquet of poetry for all occasions
Reviewed by Sudeep Sen
Magazine | Dec 29, 2014
Letters For A Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru To His Chief Ministers (1947 to 1963) by Madhav Khosla
At a time when India was riven with poverty and communal riots, Nehru’s missives to his chief ministers are a model of sagacity, persuasion and statecraft
Reviewed by Prem Shankar Jha
Magazine | Dec 22, 2014
India And The First World War by Vedica Kant
A photobook recalls, at many levels, the Great War’s impact on Indian soldiers, but treads lightly on the fighting
Reviewed by Saikat Niyogi
Magazine | Dec 15, 2014
Final Test, Exit Sachin Tendulkar by Dilip D'Souza
Promises to be more than Sachin’s last—digressions and comments on personalities and sketches of other fans.
Reviewed by Suresh Menon
Magazine | Dec 15, 2014
Playing It My Way by Sachin Tendulkar & Boria Majumdar
Deadening repetitions, oracular suggestions, recounting of records we all know by rote...just nothing beyond cricket. Sachin’s autobiography fails the genre.
Reviewed by Dilip D'Souza
Magazine | Dec 08, 2014
The Novel Cure—An A-Z Of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin & Indrajit Hazra
Depressed? Angry? A bad back? Other maladies? This book offers fictional succour, from Tolstoyan tourniquets and Balzacian balms to life-lessons from Lampedusa
Reviewed by Rajat Chaudhuri
Magazine | Dec 01, 2014
Rajesh Khanna, Dark Star by Gautam Chintamani
The first part of the book is pure journalism. The book complete the fragmented picture we had till now
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | Dec 01, 2014
Santa And The Scribes: The Making Of Fort Kochi by E.P. Unny
A crafty homage recounts Fort Kochi’s splendour under the Portuguese, and the note-taking and apathy after it
Reviewed by Minu Ittyipe
Magazine | Nov 24, 2014

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