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Vaadivaasal by C.S. Chellappa Dweepa by Na. D’Souza Tyanantar by Saniya Moogavani Pillanagrovi by Kesava Reddy Sheet Sahasik Hemantolok by Nabaneeta Dev Sen Jeevichirikkunnavarkku Vendiyulla Oppees by Johny Miranda
Six novellas from Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi literature offer a glimpse into different Indian realities for a bhasha-deprived generation
Reviewed by Chandan Gowda
Magazine | Sep 01, 2014
Night Flight To Dungavel by Peter Padfield
A scholarly investigation into the top-sec­ret visit of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s second-in-command, to Britain in 1941.
Reviewed by Anvar Alikhan
Magazine | Sep 01, 2014
A Town Like Ours by Kavery Nambisan
A village—and its quirky, humdrum lives—is dragged into townhood. Nambisan’s scalpel probes every growth.
Reviewed by Manjul Bajaj
Magazine | Aug 25, 2014
In The Shadow Of The Leaves by Anjana Basu
Not a book to just skip through. You are so spellbound that you just don’t want to miss a word
Reviewed by Paro Anand
Magazine | Aug 25, 2014
Angaaray by Angarey: Nine Stories And A Play by
Two translations of a seminal short story collection— experimental in form and style—that set north India aflame
Reviewed by Daisy Rockwell
Magazine | Aug 18, 2014
The Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob
Hailed as the new Jhumpa Lahiri, Jacob soars with a voice entirely her own, less bleak and more vibrant.
Reviewed by Neha Bhatt
Magazine | Aug 18, 2014
Call for Transnational Jihad: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014 by Arif Jamal
One of the most detailed accounts of the doctrine(s), strategy, tactics and goals of the Pakistani Salafi jihadist enterprise Markaz Dawa’-wal-Irshad (MID), the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its parent outfit Jama’t-ud-Dawa (JuD)
Reviewed by Mohammad Taqi
Web | Aug 06, 2014
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

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