Book Review: ‘Escape from Baghdad’ by Saad Z. Hossain

Book Review: ‘Escape from Baghdad’ by Saad Z. Hossain

Publisher: Aleph Language: English ISBN: 9789384067533 Price: 399 INR Pages: 279 “Dagr, a former university professor, and Kinza, a small-time thug, are thrown together in the chaos of the Iraq War. As the US Marines bumble around destroying their country, the two friends do everything in their power to stay...
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Book Review: 'Tunnel of Varanavat' by Gautam Chikermane

Book Review: ‘Tunnel of Varanavat’ by Gautam Chikermane

Publisher: Rupa Publications Language: English ISBN: 9788129137272 Price: 395 INR Pages: 291 “Badri, chief miner of the Kuru empire and a soldier with a dark past, has given up the glamorous life of a Kshatriya and lives like an ordinary citizen, hiding in the intricate mesh of tunnels he has created for the protection of...
Book Review: 'Fluffy and Me' by Anita Krishan

Book Review: ‘Fluffy and Me’ by Anita Krishan

Publisher: Fingerprint Language: English ISBN: 9788175993204 Price: INR 250 Pages: 292 “A heart warming tale of the selfless love and boundless devotion that only canines are capable of showering, Anita Krishan’s Fluffy and Me will take you on an emotional journey full of laughter and tears, fun and fear.” When a book titled ‘Fluffy and...
Book Review: 'The Mountain of Light' by Indu Sundaresan

Book Review: ‘The Mountain of Light’ by Indu Sundaresan

Publisher: HarperCollins Language: English ISBN: 9789351160915 Price: 299 INR Pages: 320 “As empires rose and fell and mighty kings jostled for power, its glittering radiance never dimmed. It is the ‘Mountain of Light’ – the Kohinoor diamond – and its facets reflect a sweeping story of love, adventure, conquest and betrayal.” Through ‘The Mountain of...
Book Review: 'Shakuntala: The Woman Wronged' by Utkarsh Patel

Book Review: ‘Shakuntala: The Woman Wronged’ by Utkarsh Patel

Publisher: Rupa Publications India Language: English Price: 299 INR Pages: 296 “God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back.” ~ Gloria Steinem It seems to be the era of mythology in Indian writing circuit. We have many retellings of classic tales juxtaposed...
Book Review: 'Guns and Thighs: The Story of My Life' by Ram Gopal Varma

Book Review: ‘Guns and Thighs: The Story of My Life’ by Ram Gopal Varma

Publisher: Rupa Publications Language: English ISBN: 9788129137494 Price: 500 INR Pages: 199 “I was obsessed with films and everything in them. Be it the gun in Amitabh Bachchan’s hands in Zanjeer or Sridevi’s thighs in Himmatwala … Everything about films used to give me almost orgasmic pleasure.” ‘Guns and Thighs: The Story of My Life’...
Book Review: 'My Gita' by Devdutt Pattnaik

Book Review: ‘My Gita’ by Devdutt Pattnaik

Publisher: Rupa Publications Language: English ISBN: 9788129137708 Price: 295 INR Pages: 247 “Can you and I participate in a relationship without seeking to control the behaviour of the other? Can we help each other outgrow our hungers and fears? Then we are on the path of brahma-nirvana. When we derive joy from within, not from...
Book Review: ‘The Quilt’ by Ismat Chughtai

Book Review: ‘The Quilt’ by Ismat Chughtai

Publisher: Penguin Language: English ISBN: 9780143416005 Price: 99 INR Pages: 140 “It was evening, and the room was getting enveloped in darkness. A strange fear overcame me. Begum Jaan’s deep-set eyes focused on me and I felt like crying. She was pressing me as though I were a clay doll and the odour of her...
Book Review: ‘Beasts of No Nation’ by Uzodinma Iweala

Book Review: ‘Beasts of No Nation’ by Uzodinma Iweala

Publisher: John Murray Language: English ISBN: 0719564468 Price: 407 INR Pages: 180 “Commandant is saying we are going to raid one village. Where is the village, I am asking to myself. And what are we to be taking from them? I am not knowing but I am not going to be asking or he might...
Book Review: ‘One Life to Ride' by Ajit Harisinghani

Book Review: ‘One Life to Ride’ by Ajit Harisinghani

Publisher: FingerPrint! Language: English ISBN: 9788175992948 Price: 250 INR Pages: 234 “Travelling across India on a motorcycle is an intimate way to get acquainted with its myriad cultures, each with their unique beliefs and lifestyle. One Life to Ride takes you across the hot and dusty plains of India to the highest motorable road in...
Book Review: 'Chief Minister’s  Mistress' by Joygopal Podder

Book Review: ‘Chief Minister’s Mistress’ by Joygopal Podder

Publisher: FingerPrint Language: English ISBN: 9788175992962 Price: 199 Pages: 232 “She is beautiful, she is smart, she is kind, she is a bloody rare find. But she is dead now … What happened? Who killed her- the chief minister’s secret mistress?” Joygopal Podder’s ‘Chief Minister’s Mistress‘ is a crime thriller novel about the murder of Priyanka...
Book Review: 'The House That BJ Built' by Anuja Chauhan

Book Review: ‘The House That BJ Built’ by Anuja Chauhan

Publisher: Westland Ltd Language: English ISBN: 9789385152184 Pages: 432 “There are too many complications now!” she says. ‘One, Bonu doesn’t want to sell, two, the tenants are refusing to vacate, and three, Chachaji says we don’t own this house only! Where’s that vodka bottle?” ‘The House That BJ Built‘ is Anuja Chauhan’s sequel to ‘Those...
Book Review: 'Don't Let Him Know' by Sandip Roy

Book Review: ‘Don’t Let Him Know’ by Sandip Roy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Language: English ISBN: 9789384052416 Price: INR 499 Pages: 244 No, not ‘Ray’ – if you are Bengali enough to be inquisitive and have visited the link to this review just because of the surname, let me give you a gentle reminder – as you should not judge a book by its cover, you...