Reviews

July 13, 2019

‘A woman’s body has many claimants—the man, the society and the cosmetic industry. Rarely does a woman claim her body, warts and all. Shanta Gokhale’s autobiography, On Foot on the Ground-A Life Told through the Body – does that with all honesty.’Book review of On Foot on the Ground: A Life Told through the Body by Shanta Gokhale.

July 8, 2019

‘In this collection of short stories written over three-and-a-half decades, Upamanyu Chatterjee brings a distinctive and powerful narrative voice that had marked his debut novel English, August. The humour is subtle, dark and hard-hitting.’
Book review of The Assassination of Indira Gandhi by Upamanyu Chatterjee.

April 30, 2019

‘The Fate of Butterflies’: A quietly told novel that is full of menace because it can happen to us. Click here to read the book review.

April 26, 2019

A new biography examines Freda Bedi’s many roles—Indian nationalist, Buddhist nun, ‘mummy’ to all.
Book review of The Lives of Freda: The Political, Spiritual and Personal Journeys of Freda Bedi by Andrew Whitehead.

April 20, 2019

Is the Bhagavad Gita as we know it the work of multiple authors?
In one of the essays in his new book, Meghnad Desai examines the provenance of the Gita. Click here to know more.

December 9, 2018

‘Obesity is a low energy state. This description of obesity as an invisible illness marks the starting point of FAT: The Body, Food And Obesity, which undertakes a scientific exploration of our relationship with food. Authored by paediatric surgeons Dr Ishrat Syed and Dr Kalpana Swaminathan, FAT simplifies how the body feels about what we eat, rather than how our body looks, which is often the starting point of many appearance-driven health and beauty movements today.’ Book review of FAT: The Body, Food And Obesity by Dr Ishrat Syed and Dr Kalpana Swaminathan.

December 2, 2018

‘In a society where dietary preferences are being scrutinised by self-styled guardians and protectors of tradition, Haksar’s book makes for illuminating reading. An exploration of the deep-rooted connection between society and food, it is also an important reminder that not all is well with modern-day India.’ Book review of The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes for Love, Hate and Friendship by Nandita Haksar.

November 25, 2018

‘Visier’s story is riveting, a saga of suffering, fortitude and perseverance interspersed with the Naga tales of struggle for freedom.’ Book review of A Naga Odyssey by Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü with Richard Broome .

September 4, 2018

‘It’s not an unreasonable expectation from a work that is an urgent reminder to democracies about the germs they are carrying within. A reminder that autocracy is often caused by a docile and obedient mind, and it takes very little for a democracy to slip into the totalitarian mode. In true Gandhian spirit, Jahanbegloo’s book is a contemplative essay but it also calls upon citizens to display an immediate and thoughtful disobedience.’ Book review of ‘The Disobedient Indian: Towards a Gandhian Philosophy of Dissent’ by Ramin Jahanbegloo.

July 29, 2018

‘A collection of rarely heard stories of women who take up the gun, from five troubled regions of India.’ Book review of She Goes to War: Women Militants of India by Rashmi Saksena.

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