April 08, 2020

Anjana Basu

  • Jai And His Band Of Sleuths
    Jai And His Band Of Sleuths

    A sharply-styled debut pursues a mystery in a smoggy slum, carried along on small feet

  • The Orchard’s Bitterest Mangoes
    The Orchard’s Bitterest Mangoes

    Plassey, with its web of cruelty, loot and intrigue, is relived in fresh pungency

  • Plumbing The Bowels Of Pop
    Plumbing The Bowels Of Pop

    An engaging analysis of Eastern popular culture’s ascendancy

  • Slime, The Inner Cycle
    Slime, The Inner Cycle

    Varying fates of the victims of a social evil

  • On The Highest Style
    On The Highest Style

    Queer, myth-based practices bring temples to life

  • Figures In A Square
    Figures In A Square

    Polite, self-effacing submission stands out in Iyer’s explication of Japan’s mystique

  • What A Waste, Bengal
    What A Waste, Bengal

    In a state that has no industry, it is quite obvious that Durga Puja is an industry that works brilliantly...

  • Our Snowy Guardian
    Our Snowy Guardian

    From petroglyphs to myths, people to climate change—a fitting history of the Himalayas

  • It Rains Futility In August
    It Rains Futility In August

    The gallows humour is dulled, but Chatterjee’s habit of framing at unusual angles helps a dark whimsy. From...

  • Matrilineal Hold
    Matrilineal Hold

    Indentured labour, the 1971 War and search for identity are woven in a mother-haunted novel

  • Lord’s Sweet Blows
    Lord’s Sweet Blows

    A school swaddled in sensuality, saffron and rectitude packs an ominous presentiment

  • The Best In His Line
    The Best In His Line

    A well-lit magnetic thespian and his lifelong influence over typecast and rounded others

  • Slippery Barbie Tattoo
    Slippery Barbie Tattoo

    Neon-lit, pulpy prose tracks the scapegrace Charlie in his myriad mishaps across Delhi

  • Calcutta In Dark Sci
    Calcutta In Dark Sci

    This one propels the accumulated anxieties of a city into a shape-shifting future vortex

  • Mother’s Not Home
    Mother’s Not Home

    A controlled, subtle tale of how a core of secrecy in a family secretes lasting sadness

  • His Paper Chase
    His Paper Chase

    A first-person biography tells of the career of a pioneer Indian editor, but avoids significance

  • Hunting By Her Light
    Hunting By Her Light

    Nur Jahan seduced, intrigued and ruled like few women did. This is a fine tribute, with breaks.

  • On Vermillion Skies
    On Vermillion Skies

    Half a century’s storms buffet lives in south Asia in this simply told, sweeping narrative

  • In Prelapsarian Abandon
    In Prelapsarian Abandon

    Liberal in approach, perorative in tone, Tharoor decries the loss of Hinduism’s ancient openness at the...

  • In Muntazir, Home Of A Prince
    In Muntazir, Home Of A Prince

    Marked by deeply-felt lyricism, this novel, set largely in the inter-war years in India and Bali, is a...

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