Book Reviews
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 alive, an increasingly impossible task...
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...
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...