Tag: Book Review

6 Results

  • Beast in the belly

    Beast in the belly

    With a flicker of Kipling one opens Shashi Warrier&’s book. The story sounds typical —  a godman accused of rape and various other venalities — except in this case the Swami doesn’t want to be a god or even a swami. The news is all over the media and Bala Kamath,  an alcoholic journo from …

    September 10, 2016
  • A completely absorbing and sobering novel

    A completely absorbing and sobering novel

    My Last Continent is what you might call an eco-romance, which was a new one on me in the genre department. It is not so much a love story between the two lead characters as a testament to their shared passion for the penguins they are studying in a brutal and unforgiving arctic landscape. And …

    September 3, 2016
  • Fear factor in literature

    Fear factor in literature

    Two thousand years of ghost stories make a pretty solid heft in the hand for something so shivery — the parcel was labelled 1kg. Ghost stories have been part and parcel of almost every culture and rites to honour the dead continue almost unchanged. Bengal has its colonial ghosts, mamdo bhoots, shankhchunnis, petnis and a …

    September 3, 2016
  • A master of  creative realism

    A master of creative realism

    There’s a scene in Irina Reyn&’s new novel, The Imperial Wife, when a group of young Russian women go dancing at a Moscow club. One of her main characters, Tanya Kagan, initially thinks that, in her late 30s, she&’s too old to join in the fun. But Tanya has a blast on the dance floor …

    August 27, 2016
  • The story of Sita

    The story of Sita

    The Girl Who Chose: Devdutt Pattanaik A new way of narrating the Ramayana Puffin Books, Rs 199   The story of Sita   India’s favourite mythologist brings to you this charming illustrated retelling of the Ramayana that is sure to empower and entertain a new generation of readers. Over centuries, hundreds have retold the tale, …

    August 25, 2016
  • The truths and lies of the Indian Ocean

    The truths and lies of the Indian Ocean

    The truths and lies of the Indian Ocean

    August 10, 2016