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  • 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
  • An Arab Spring version of Aladdin?

    An Arab Spring version of Aladdin?

    Title: A Whole New World – A Twisted Tale  Author: Liz Braswell  Publisher: Paragon Publishing  Pages: 384  Price: Rs 395  A youth in “China” (actually medieval Middle East) is convinced by a magician, claiming to be a long-lost uncle, to bring out a lamp from an underground cavern, but is left trapped when he refused …

    November 11, 2016
  • An Arab Spring version of Aladdin?

    An Arab Spring version of Aladdin?

    Title: A Whole New World – A Twisted Tale  Author: Liz Braswell  Publisher: Paragon Publishing  Pages: 384  Price: Rs 395  A youth in “China” (actually medieval Middle East) is convinced by a magician, claiming to be a long-lost uncle, to bring out a lamp from an underground cavern, but is left trapped when he refused …

    November 11, 2016
  • The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history

    The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history

    Title: Faith, Unity, Discipline – The Inter-Service Intelligence of Pakistan  Author: Hein G Kiessling  Publisher: Harper Collins India  Pages: 320  Price: Rs 599  Commonly known by its three-letter acronym, this organisation is held by its enemies, and even some allies, responsible for most of the trouble and instability in South Asia, as well as in …

    November 11, 2016
  • The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history

    The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history

    Title: Faith, Unity, Discipline – The Inter-Service Intelligence of Pakistan  Author: Hein G Kiessling  Publisher: Harper Collins India  Pages: 320  Price: Rs 599  Commonly known by its three-letter acronym, this organisation is held by its enemies, and even some allies, responsible for most of the trouble and instability in South Asia, as well as in …

    November 11, 2016
  • Yes Sir – A humorous take on corporate scenario

    Yes Sir – A humorous take on corporate scenario

    Book: Yes Sir Author: Girish Aivalli Publisher: Grapevine Pages: 137 Price: Rs195   Charlie- a management trainee pushed into the corporate world is fresh faced and still not accustomed to the maze that this new world is to him. It is in his future boss that he finds a mentor who guides him through the …

    November 9, 2016
  • Vibrant, diverse nature and its surprising connections with humanity

    Vibrant, diverse nature and its surprising connections with humanity

    We humans truly live in an Anthropocene Age where we no longer adapt to our world but change it.

    November 3, 2016