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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...
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...
Book Review: 'Warrior' by Olivier Lafont

Book Review: ‘Warrior’ by Olivier Lafont

[Image courtesy: Deccan Chronicle] Publisher: Penguin Language: English ISBN: 9780143423638 Pages: 384 Price: INR 399 Re-imaginings of Indian mythology are the latest fad with Indian fiction writing and these books are more often a miss than a hit. So, you can understand my reluctance to pick up this book to read. But surprisingly, once I...
Book Review: 'The Mug of Melancholy' by Rohit Chakraborty

Book Review: ‘The Mug of Melancholy’ by Rohit Chakraborty

Language: English Format: Paperback ISBN: 8183861267 Pages: 365 Price: INR 250 This is one the first Indian written fantasy books that I have read (barring the ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Ramayana’, of course) and I was slightly apprehensive about what to expect. But I was very pleasantly surprised. ‘The Mug of Melancholy’ by Rohit Chakroborty is endearing...
Book Review: 'Dream With Your Eyes Open' By Ronnie Screwvala

Book Review: ‘Dream With Your Eyes Open’ By Ronnie Screwvala

Publisher: Rupa Publications Language: English ISBN: 9788129135889 Pages: 208 Price: INR 500 When you think of entrepreneurship, who better than the Jack Warner of India, Ronni Screwvala to share insights on how to be successful, and more importantly to learn from failures? In his new book, ‘Dream with your Eyes Open’, Ronnie shares experiences from...
Book Review: ‘Autobiography of a Mad Nation’ by Sriram Karri

Book Review: ‘Autobiography of a Mad Nation’ by Sriram Karri

Publisher: Fingerprint ISBN: 9788172345655 Pages: 384 Price: INR 450 “Autobiography of a Mad Nation is a striking work of imagination that any intelligent reader will love.” – Bashrat Peer, Author (Curfewed Night), Script Writer (Haider) In his second novel ‘Autobiography of a Mad Nation’, Sriram Karri takes up the herculean task of setting a story of...
Book Review: 'Mirza Ghalib: A Biographical Scenario' by Gulzar

Book Review: ‘Mirza Ghalib: A Biographical Scenario’ by Gulzar

Genre: Biography Publisher: Rupa Pages: 240 ISBN: 978-81-291-14112 Price: INR 395 It is hard to review the literary liaison of two greats – Ghalib and Gulzar. Both are giants in their own times and rightly so. In this book, which is a screenplay of the TV series of the same name, the brilliance of Gulzar...
Book Review: 'Halt Station India' by Rajendra B. Aklekar

Book Review: ‘Halt Station India’ by Rajendra B. Aklekar

Genre: Non–Fiction Publisher: Rupa Publications ISBN: 978-81-291-3497 Pages: 205 Price: INR 395 “Rajendra B. Aklekar’s research – and his scholarship with enables him to interpret his findings – throws new light on the way railways were built.” – Sir Mark Tully, author of Non-Stop India. Bombay is famous for numerous things, but the perhaps most...
Book Review: 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage' by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage’ by Haruki Murakami

Genre: Fiction Publisher: Harvill Secker Pages: 298 ISBN: 9781846558337 Price – INR 799 (Hardcover) It is not often that authors are accorded that reverence and frenzied admiration that is generally reserved for a rock band. But Haruki Murakami is one of the few. On the day his new book is released, I envision long lines...
Book Review: 'Unravelling Anjali' by Nim Gholkar

Book Review: ‘Unravelling Anjali’ by Nim Gholkar

Format: Paperback Publisher: BecomeShakespeare.com ISBN: 9789383952137 Pages: 355 Price: 239 INR The first thing that struck me about ‘Unravelling Anjali‘ by Nim Gholkar was its cover. It has a lovely ombre effect of reddish-orange tints and in the centre is the back of a girl. But instead of skin, her back is composed of jigsaw puzzles that...
Book Review: 'Seven Uncommoners' by Ridhima Verma

Book Review: ‘Seven Uncommoners’ by Ridhima Verma

Publisher: Fingerprint! Format: Paperback Genre: Non-fiction ISBN: 9788172345396 Price: INR 350 Pages: 300 Today, entrepreneurship is considered the hip, cool thing. An entrepreneur is looked upon with awe and respect, for taking the brave step towards setting up his/her own business. But Ridhima Verma delves in to a different generation, when starting up was considered...