Tag: Book Review

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  • Humour in Delhi’s history

    Humour in Delhi’s history

    Title: The Builders of Delhi; Author: Imtiaz Ahmed Khan; Publisher: Zarreen Khan; Pages: 179; Price: Not mentioned The late Imtiaz Ahmed Khan was an accomplished IAS officer who served in many parts of the country, including in Delhi where a street close to Parliament is named after him. But this is not yet another book …

    April 7, 2017
  • Uncommon tales of common folks of Uttar Pradesh

    Uncommon tales of common folks of Uttar Pradesh

    A woman's desperate late-night horse ride to her married lover's mansion, a tale-telling ex-soldier whose final journey becomes embarrassing, a piquant encounter in a red-light area and the like make Uttar Pradesh not only India's most populous and politically significant state but also an unmatched repository of some uncommon tales of common people told and …

    March 31, 2017
  • Art of the matter

    Art of the matter

    The first adult colouring book I had ever seen came into my hands, borne by the first courier who demanded a digital signature. He held it out to me with a flourish and I must confess my hand shook a little while the aged parent came to ask what it was that had been delivered. …

    February 12, 2017
  • Art of the matter

    Art of the matter

    The first adult colouring book I had ever seen came into my hands, borne by the first courier who demanded a digital signature. He held it out to me with a flourish and I must confess my hand shook a little while the aged parent came to ask what it was that had been delivered. …

    February 12, 2017
  • Love lessons and philosophers

    Love lessons and philosophers

    Title: Love Voltaire Us Apart – A Philosopher's Guide to Relationships  Author: Julia Edelman (illustrated by Hallie Bateman)  Publisher: Icon Books  Pages: 155  Price: Rs 499  It is inexplicable, irresistible, makes the world go around, but its course may never run smooth. Falling in love with someone, somewhere, sometime is inevitable and so is some …

    December 19, 2016
  • Nazi past meets Cold War intrigue on the French Riviera

    Nazi past meets Cold War intrigue on the French Riviera

    Title: The Other Side of Silence – Bernie Gunther Thriller 11  Author:Philip Kerr  Publisher: Quercus/Hachette India  Pages: 400  Price: Rs 399  Surviving the Nazis, World War II at its most brutal, Soviet captivity, post-war deprivation, Latin American dictators, American gangsters, intelligence machinations and more, he had sought a quiet life, working as a hotel concierge …

    December 6, 2016
  • Newborn-care and racism

    Newborn-care and racism

    The narrative rips along at a great pace. Her new novel, about an African-American maternity nurse, who gets discriminated against when a newborn baby’s white parents take their child out of her care, addresses race, prejudice and justice.

    December 3, 2016
  • A rather doom-laden work

    A rather doom-laden work

    Drabble’s witty and intelligent story of old age and inevitable death does not make for an easy read, but it is brimming with relevance.

    December 3, 2016
  • Review: ‘Big Mom and Other Stories’

    Review: ‘Big Mom and Other Stories’

    Book: Big Mom and Other Stories  Author: BS Bir  Publisher: Shilalekh Publishers  Price: Rs. 495  They say life is a big lesson and life teaches best. The lessons are many, though lessons learned may differ from person to person.  And, the lessons are woven through narratives drawn out of the daily humdrum of an ordinary …

    December 1, 2016
  • A 70-year-old impasse

    A 70-year-old impasse

    Sumit Ganguly’s account of the state of the India-Pakistan relationship exceeds expectations in the depth of its analysis. 

    November 26, 2016
  • Autumn of the Patriarch

    Autumn of the Patriarch

    Aruna Chakravarti chooses to mix fact and fiction in her work, bolstering the credibility of her fiction with actual poems and letters.

    November 26, 2016
  • Far-off the race-track

    Far-off the race-track

    Harlow took this blow way more than he his own expectations and suddenly went off-track, turning to alcohol- a practice which he once believed to be ‘disgusting’.

    November 23, 2016
  • A cloistered world  brought to life

    A cloistered world brought to life

    Appropriately, Grant’s take on sanatorium life is a far cry from Mann’s The Magic Mountain or its romanticised ilk, and this makes for refreshingly original reading. Her characters are bored, hacking their lungs up, undergoing painful and debilitating procedures, and scared of dying.

    November 20, 2016
  • The Song of Arjuna and the Hegemony of the Yadavas

    The Song of Arjuna and the Hegemony of the Yadavas

    McGrath’s book is a fascinating slim volume that everyone interested in the Mahabharata will benefit from.

    November 20, 2016
  • Review: The Ethical Doctor

    Review: The Ethical Doctor

    Book: The Ethical Doctor Author: Dr Kamal Mahawar Publisher: Harper Collins India Price: Rs 350  Plagued by scams and malpractices, the ailing medical profession seems to have drawn all medical professionals into a vicious cycle of at least once in their life time.  Dr Kamal Kumar Mahawar’s- ‘The Ethical Doctor’ is a clean cut narration …

    November 18, 2016
  • Quo Vadis, Russia? Attempting some answers

    Quo Vadis, Russia? Attempting some answers

    Title: Russia – What Everyone Needs to Know  Author: Timothy J Colton  Publisher: Oxford University Press  Pages: 287  Price: Rs 695  Winston Churchill, who once memorably described Russia “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”, was not the first to express puzzlement at the country’s dynamics, motivations and intentions. For centuries, these questions …

    November 16, 2016
  • India’s mystical mountain range

    India’s mystical mountain range

    The fact that the Himalayas form such a great sweep down India’s borders from the north to the north-east is made evident through the setting of some of the pieces.

    November 12, 2016