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The Lives Of Others by Neel Mukherjee
A large family, a ravaged peasantry, a Calcutta mansion play roles in a novel set in Bengal cowering under Naxalism
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Aug 04, 2014
Smash and Grab: Annexation Of Sikkim by Sunanda K. Datta-Ray
At best a historical novel rather than a serious historical narrative.
Reviewed by Ranjit Gupta
Magazine | Aug 04, 2014
The Gypsy Goddess by Meena Kandasamy
Spare, incandescently passionate, straining conventions, Meena Kandasamy reignites the Kilvenmany massacre
Reviewed by Urvashi Butalia
Magazine | Jul 28, 2014
Literary Miniatures by Florence Noiville & Terersa L. Fagan
A real delight to read with unexpected, tangential detours, an ear for the uncanny and a distilled, bare-boned way of writing
Reviewed by Satish Padmanabhan
Magazine | Jul 28, 2014
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda (An Almanack) by I. Allan Sealy
Sealy doesn’t just build a scaled-down 8th century Chinese pagoda in Doon. His almanack is a fragile ecosystem itself.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Jul 21, 2014
Engglishhh: Fictional Dispatches From A Hyperreal Nation by Altaf Tyrewala
If this blundering pastiche can pass for a book review, then mimesis is a form of subversive flattery
Reviewed by S.B. Easwaran
Magazine | Jul 21, 2014
File Room by Dayanita Singh
File Room is subtly perceptive and variously tactile. Its images of paper-laden spaces speak of absent narratives.
Reviewed by Sudeep Sen
Magazine | Jul 14, 2014
No Country by Kalyan Ray
If the early cha­pters are like riding a whirlwind, what follows is like being bec­almed mid sea.
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | Jul 14, 2014
Indian National Congress and The Struggle For Freedom 1885-1947 by Amales Tripathi
Acknowledging subaltern studies, the Cambridge school and the Communists, this monumental history establishes the primacy of the INC to the freedom struggle
Reviewed by Mani Shankar Aiyar
Magazine | Jun 30, 2014
Reading Rituparno by Shoma A. Chatterji
A matrix of themes bind a well-researched study of Rituparno’s films. Missing beats are drowned in praise.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Jun 16, 2014
Byculla To Bangkok: Mumbai’s Maharashtrian Mobsters by S. Hussain Zaidi
Ventures into risky territory and emerges with a breezy, informative read.
Reviewed by Amrita Shah
Magazine | Jun 16, 2014
The Literary Thing: History, Poetry And The Making Of A Modern Cultural Sphere by Rosinka Chaudhuri
A study of the Bengali literary canon looks at pre-Tagore figures through both literary history and its historiography
Reviewed by Abhijit Gupta
Magazine | Jun 09, 2014
Single Man by Sankarshan Thakur
Does not disappoint—a racy, readable biography of a difficult, reticent subject.
Reviewed by Uttam Sengupta
Magazine | Jun 09, 2014
Central Time by Ranjit Hoskote
Sutradhar, curator and Mumbaiah, Hoskote dazzles with his kaleidoscopic points of view and his multiphony
Reviewed by Sudeep Sen
Magazine | Jun 02, 2014
Travelling In, Travelling Out: A Book Of Unexpected Journeys by
This finely edited collection of essays is not a travel book in the conventional sense
Reviewed by Bhaichand Patel
Magazine | Jun 02, 2014
A sports film with phony feel-goodness and one that is far from inspirational.
Reviewed by Namrata Joshi
Web | May 15, 2014
An Undocumented Wonder: The Making Of The Great Indian Election by S.Y. Quraishi
Quraishi’s information-packed book lays bare the EC’s workings, but skips lightly on the electoral reforms issue
Reviewed by Bibek Debroy
Magazine | May 19, 2014
The Candidate by Anirudh Bhattacharyya
A comic stage, underlying serious themes, is set up in a fictional Bengal constituency
Reviewed by Shovon Chowdhury
Magazine | May 19, 2014
Ambedkar: Awakening India’s Social Conscience by Narendra Jadhav
A book that slices Ambedkar’s life for clarity is actually a pastiche of past scholarship and fills up its pages by liberally quoting from his own works
Reviewed by Raja Sekhar Vundru
Magazine | May 12, 2014
Panty by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay & Arunava Sinha
The buzz was that it made rea­ders gasp when it came out in 2006 in the puja issue of Desh
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | May 12, 2014

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