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Fractals: New And Selected Poems/Translations 1980-2015 by Sudeep Sen
Sudeep Sen traverses in this new compendium a range of poetic influences, cultures and concerns, yet retains a consistency of style and sensibility
Reviewed by Shashi Tharoor
Magazine | Jun 08, 2015
Sleeping On Jupiter by Anuradha Roy
Entices the reader into turning the pages, hoping to find some kind of answer to all the questions that the story raises.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Jun 08, 2015
The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India And Pakistan by Dilip Hiro
For a fast, frothy record of events, Hiro’s book passes muster. Yet, premised on a ‘primeval’ Hindu-Muslim hatred, his is often an unresearched, prejudiced waffle.
Reviewed by Mani Shankar Aiyar
Magazine | Jun 01, 2015
Hadal by C.P. Surendran
A novel populated with dogs, elephants, wise teenagers and unwise scientists is a deep dive into the state of India
Reviewed by Saaz Aggarwal
Magazine | May 18, 2015
The Front Row: Conversations On Cinema by Anupama Chopra
Not easy to read in one sitting but could make a great reference book.
Reviewed by Sathya Saran
Magazine | May 18, 2015
She Will Build Him A City by Raj Kamal Jha
Man, Woman and Child plough their frenetic, lonely and despairing furrows in this exhilarating novel of new India
Reviewed by Manjul Bajaj
Magazine | May 11, 2015
A Glimpse Of Eternal Snows by Jane Wilson-Howarth
For Wilson-Howarth, Nepal remains a spiritual haven and a zoological treasure trove.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | May 11, 2015
Bedtime Story, Black Tulip by Kiran Nagarkar
A post-Emergency play adapted from the Mahabharata is relevant in these times of thuggish Hindutva and loss of hope
Reviewed by Hartman de Souza
Magazine | May 04, 2015
Mantras For Success, India's Greatest CEOs Tell You How To Win by Suhel Seth & Sunny Sen
A rehashing of top CEO profiles leads up to the pieces de resistance: inspiring quotes
Reviewed by Anvar Alikhan
Magazine | May 04, 2015
Aryans, Jews, Brahmans: Theorizing Authority Through Myths Of Identity by Dorothy M. Figueira
Drawing on the Rig Veda, orientalists, reformers and Hindu nationalists constructed self-serving ideas of ‘the Aryans’
Reviewed by Anshul Avijit
Magazine | Apr 27, 2015
Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
There is a tone of finality about Let Me Be Frank With You—it’s clear there will be no more Frank Bascombe novels.
Reviewed by Satish Padmanabhan
Magazine | Apr 27, 2015
India Song by Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr’s Photoshop vision places animals in Rajasthan’s palatial grandeur. The result is magical, absurd, gorgeous.
Reviewed by William Dalrymple
Magazine | Apr 27, 2015
The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi’s Campaign To Transform India by Lance Price
This Modi book is good on the campaign hardware and adds to the halo but avoids the discomforting bits
Reviewed by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay
Magazine | Apr 20, 2015
Don’t Let Him Know by Sandip Roy
Roy tells his stories simply, without too many twists, just an end stop that makes the reader think.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Apr 20, 2015
Room 000: Narratives Of The Bombay Plague by Kalpish Ratna
Fear stalks a plague-ridden Bombay. The colonial service is clueless, when a few men in Room 000 plan a fightback.
Reviewed by Shabnam Minwalla
Magazine | Apr 13, 2015
The Unquiet Ones: A History Of Pakistan Cricket by Osman Samiuddin
This superb history tells the story of Pakistan through its popular sport.
Reviewed by Suresh Menon
Magazine | Apr 13, 2015
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand
Reared as English nobility, Sophia Duleep Singh was fiery suffragette, social worker and Indian nationalist
Reviewed by Sunil Mehra
Magazine | Mar 30, 2015
No Good Men Among The Living by Anand Gopal
This book is out to help us wade through the complex layers of Afghan socio-politics.
Reviewed by Pranay Sharma
Magazine | Mar 30, 2015
The Black Hill by Mamang Dai
A tale set in the wilds of Assam and Arunachal speaks of old certainties crashing into the colonial vanguard
Reviewed by Janice Pariat
Magazine | Mar 23, 2015
Fairy Tales At Fifty by Upamanyu Chatterjee
Welds together myths, folklore and realist storytelling to shine a hard light on the pervasiveness of evil in our times.
Reviewed by Rajat Chaudhuri
Magazine | Mar 23, 2015

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