Book Review: 'Head and Tales: Aandhi and Hu Tu Tu' by Gulzar

Book Review: ‘Head and Tales: Aandhi and Hu Tu Tu’ by Gulzar

Translated by: Meghna Gulzar Publisher: Rupa Publications Language: English ISBN: 978-8129135179 Price: INR 296 Pages: 224 How does one review work by the master, Gulzar? Especially when they are screenplays of two majorly acclaimed screen hits? And even more so when they are translated by the daughter and student of...
Book Review: 'On Women' by Khushwant Singh

Book Review: ‘On Women’ by Khushwant Singh

Publisher: Rupa Publications India Language: English ISBN: 8129124920 Pages: 144 Price: INR 199 Women are exquisite creatures, be they in any shape, size and form. They have the capacity to enthral, to sadden, to make one euphoric.. In short, to make one feel all the emotions that can possibly exist....
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Book Review: 'An Isolated Incident' by Soniah Kamal

Book Review: ‘An Isolated Incident’ by Soniah Kamal

Language: English Format: Paperback ISBN: 9788172345327 Pages: 400 Price: 295 INR History, Tragedy and Strength – ‘An Isolated Incident’ by Soniah Kamal is a blend of drama, emotions and a journey of courage. The story moves in a classic Bollywood style with predictable twists and turns and a yet more predictable end. However, the narration and...
Book Review: 'The Full Moon Bride' by Shobhan Bantwal

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Format: Paperback Language: English ISBN: 9788172345280 Pages: 310 Price: INR 250 “Nothing like a ride in a speeding ambulance and a hospital bed to put the fear of sickness in an old woman” Shobhan Bantwal, through her novel, ‘The Full Moon Bride’ explores beyond family, culture and a husband. Siya Giri is a young Indian-American...
Book Review: 'Diary' by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: ‘Diary’ by Chuck Palahniuk

Published by: Anchor Format: Paperback ISBN: 9781400032815 Pages: 272 Price: 199 INR It was a lazy Monday afternoon and I couldn’t help but turn the pages. I just wanted to finish it off. Chuck Palahniuk had lost me somewhere in the middle, possibly in one of the many rooms of the Waytansea Hotel. By the...
Book Review: 'Stranger than fiction' by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: ‘Stranger than fiction’ by Chuck Palahniuk

Published by: Anchor Format: Paperback ISBN: 9780385722223 Pages: 233 Price: 900 INR When I got to know that Chuck Palahniuk had dabbled his hands in the area of non-fiction, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. His journalistic nudges never left him, as is evident in the numerous details he provides in all his...
Book Review: 'Snuff' by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: ‘Snuff’ by Chuck Palahniuk

Format: Paperback Published by: Doubleday Pages: 208 ISBN: 9780385517881 Price: 499 INR Warning: This review broaches vivid pornography, a topic that might not be everyone’s piece of cake. Delicacy on the subject isn’t something you will find here. Drug addiction and alcoholism are topics where one can see a lot of novels and essays written...
Book Review: 'Guts' by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: ‘Guts’ by Chuck Palahniuk

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Book Review: 'The Spectacular Now' by Tim Tharp

Book Review: ‘The Spectacular Now’ by Tim Tharp

Format: Paperback Published by: Knopf Books ISBN: 9780375851797 Pages: 304 Price: 399 INR How we met: I chanced upon the enchanting trailer for the Sundance entry of last year, and eagerly waited for the movie to release worldwide. After I saw and was bamboozled by the film, I managed to get my hands on the...
Book Review: 'The Tournament' by Matthew Reilly

Book Review: ‘The Tournament’ by Matthew Reilly

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Book Review: 'Flash Boys' by Michael Lewis

Book Review: ‘Flash Boys’ by Michael Lewis

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Interview: Kavita Kane, author of ‘Karna’s Wife’

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Essay: 'Nadine Gordimer: Portrait of a writer' by Barnil Bhattacharjee

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“Come away, O human Child!/ To the waters and the wild/With a faery, hand in hand,/ For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.” ~ Yeats, The Stolen Child Visibly distraught, she slowly stood up from the podium chair. Turning right, she started walking across to the microphone. Hundreds of eyeballs, stretched-out...
Interview: Deepak Kripal, author of 'The Devil's Gate'

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