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: '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...
Book Review: 'Anatomy of Life' by Devdan Chaudhuri

Book Review: ‘Anatomy of Life’ by Devdan Chaudhuri

Publisher: Pan Macmillan India Language: English ISBN: 9789382616306 Price: INR 350 Pages: 276 Narratives are rare. Rarer are good narratives. ‘Anatomy of life’, the debut novel of Devdan Chaudhuri, was nominated for Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013. That certainly speaks a lot about it. Apprehensive as always, this book made my decision to take...
Interview: Sriram Karri, author of 'Autobiography of a Mad Nation'

Interview: Sriram Karri, author of ‘Autobiography of a Mad Nation’

[We recently reviewed Karri‘s novel ‘Autobiography of a Mad Nation’. Here we catch up with him to talk about life and all that.] Q. Congratulations on your second book! How does it feel, to have your second book published? It is a wonderful moment – when you hold the published copy of your second book,...
Interview: Olivier Lafont, actor and author of 'Warrior'

Interview: Olivier Lafont, actor and author of ‘Warrior’

[We recently reviewed Olivier‘s novel ‘Warrior’. Here we, the very starstruck ones, catch up with him to talk about life and all that.] Q. Congratulations on your first book! It was genuinely a pleasure to read it. How did this idea of mixing fantasy and science come to you? Also, why did you look at...