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The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan
A visceral plunge into Japanese POW camps in Burma examines the dehumanising nature of war and the ultimate endurance of love. This is a truly great novel.
Reviewed by David Davidar
Magazine | Nov 10, 2014
Off The Record: Untold Stories From A Reporter’s Diary by Ajith Pillai
Highly recommended reading, not only for those who are part of the media in India but those who are not as well.
Reviewed by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Magazine | Nov 10, 2014
The Serpent And The Rope by Raja Rao Kanthapura by Raja Rao The Cat And Shakespeare by Raja Rao Collected Stories by Raja Rao
Pathbreaking stylistic invention and mystical yearning are the hallmarks of Raja Rao’s writing
Reviewed by S.B. Easwaran
Magazine | Oct 27, 2014
Strains In A Minor Key: A Celebration Of Sixty Years In Calcutta by Rani Sircar
An intimate insider’s viewpoint about a juicy gossip session with people you might have met a few years earlier.
Reviewed by Anjana Basu
Magazine | Oct 27, 2014
It managed to capture the youth unrest of the times in a manner that still strikes a chord.
Reviewed by Namrata Joshi
Magazine | Oct 27, 2014
Hangwoman by K.R. Meera & J. Devika
A Malayalam novel set in Calcutta looks at family history, the role of women and tortured relationships
Reviewed by Anita Nair
Magazine | Oct 20, 2014
Sexual Harassment At The Workplace by Indira Jaising
Weighed down by the issue it seeks to address, the book is academic in intent. It is not an easy read.
Reviewed by Anuradha Raman
Magazine | Oct 20, 2014
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Hamlet may not be perfect but it asks difficult questions of Kashmir
Reviewed by Namrata Joshi
Magazine | Oct 20, 2014
Haider is at once the strongest and weakest of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare adaptations. It doesn’t help illuminate Hamlet for us, but it does serve to shed some light over Kashmir.
Reviewed by Umair Ahmed Muhajir
Web | Oct 06, 2014
Indian Mammals—A Field Guide by Vivek Menon
Bursting with information general, specialised and arcane, packed with photos and sketches—a true wildlife handbook
Reviewed by Mahendra Vyas
Magazine | Oct 13, 2014
The Song Of The Shirt by Jeremy Seabrook
A stark picture of garment manufacturing in Bangladesh
Reviewed by Surabhi Sharma
Magazine | Oct 13, 2014
In The Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman
A talented Bangladeshi mathematician’s incredible sad story includes, as in Sebald and Eco, many worlds
Reviewed by Anvar Alikhan
Magazine | Sep 29, 2014
Sun Mere Bandhu Re—The Musical World Of S.D. Burman by Sathya Saran
A fine blending of fact, fiction, quotes, interviews, writings and a massive collection of newspaper and magazine clippings
Reviewed by Shoma A. Chatterji
Magazine | Sep 29, 2014
With Ciaz, it seems Maruti Suzuki is trying to prove a point over Honda City, which will be its closest competitor on Indian roads.
Reviewed by Arindam Mukherjee
Web | Sep 17, 2014
Chanakya Returns by Timeri N. Murari
Chanakya returns, but unlike Twain’s Yankee, is baffled, wooden and without much agency
Reviewed by Vijay Nambisan
Magazine | Sep 22, 2014
Indians At Herod’s Gate: A Jerusalem Tale by Navtej Sarna
Travel writing with a difference: weaving an extraordinary narrative on an unusual theme.
Reviewed by Smita Tewari Jassal
Magazine | Sep 22, 2014
The Saffron Tide: The Rise Of The BJP by Kingshuk Nag
More hackwork than scholarly investigation and analysis, Kingshuk Nag’s book gets its reading of the Modi era wrong, investing it with the weightiness of a shift in polity
Reviewed by Sudheendra Kulkarni
Magazine | Sep 15, 2014
Vaadivaasal by C.S. Chellappa & N. Kalyan Raman Dweepa by Na. D’Souza & Susheela Punitha Tyanantar by Saniya & Maya Pandit Moogavani Pillanagrovi by Kesava Reddy Sheet Sahasik Hemantolok by Nabaneeta Dev Sen & Tutun Mukherjee Jeevichirikkunnavarkku Vendiyulla Oppees by Johny Miranda & Sajai Jose
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

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