Reviews

May 11, 2020

A Cloud Called Bhura: Climate Champions to the Rescue ‘The book is educational without being at all preachy and encourages children to think. It’s a must-read for the new generation.’ Book review of A Cloud Called Bhura: Climate Champions to the Rescue

May 11, 2020

The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: The Collected Stories ‘Some of [the stories] are truly complex, and some revel in simplicity. What is evident throughout is the humorous and satirical voice of the author. The understated humour freely sprinkled on the pages will not escape your attention. And this satire is serious literary satire… The Assassination of Indira Gandhi- The Collected Stories of Upamanyu Chatterjee is not a light weekend read, but instead needs to be treated like a true classic.’ Book review of The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: The Collected Stories

May 11, 2020

The Drunk Bird Chronicles ‘One hundred years of pandemonium is the phrase that best describes Malay Chatterjee’s thoroughly enjoyable debut novel… Irreverence and wit keep readers engrossed even as triumph and tragedy unfold, skeletons tumble out of closets, and love, lust, hope and greed keep Braganza and Co. going.’ Book review of The Drunk Bird Chronicles

May 11, 2020

Shadow Men: A Novel and Two Stories ‘In poetic lines Sawian describes Shillong, the true hero of these stories… her writing weaves its way through love, loss and longing with a steady rhythm. Like the thrum of the heart while navigating the pine-crunching walk through Shillong’s steep Jacob’s Ladder.’ Book review of Shadow Men: A Novel and Two Stories

May 11, 2020

The Gods Came Afterwards: Poems ‘Mohanty’s engagement with language reaches a level of abstraction in this collection that feels unprecedented in her work. Emotions are conveyed by the broken fragments of lines that unfold over the page like precariously hanging flights of stairs.’ Book review of The Gods Came Afterwards: Poems

May 11, 2020

Fern Road: A Novel
‘The narrative effortlessly deals with the question of gender roles and behaviour, peer pressure, religion, class as well as the nature of truth and reality. What is more, the author achieves this by saying very little, and relying more on the observations of his protagonist, making this a promising debut in fiction.’
—The Telegraph (more…)

May 11, 2020

Into the Heart of the Himalayas ‘Into the Heart of the Himalayas is … an intense, vivid account of the natural world and its human counterpart. Lineen writes with sincerity and occasional humour, combining observations with research, explaining concepts, discussing ideas and beliefs. Giving, in the process, his readers a glimpse up close of himself. This is a touching, inspiring, exhilarating book.’ Book review of Into the Heart of the Himalayas

May 11, 2020

Paper lions: A Novel ‘Author SohanKoonar”s ”Lions” trilogy could well be India’s ”Gone with the Wind.”’ Book review of Paper lions: A Novel

May 11, 2020

Off the Shelf: On Books, Books People and Places ‘[Off the Shelf] is a testament of Balan’s love for books…This “behind the book” experience is one that needs to be experienced and felt by every reader. It is nostalgic, witty and utterly charming to witness a fellow book-lover’s eternal affair with books.’ Book review of Off the Shelf: On Books, Books People and Places

May 11, 2020

Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines: ISRO’s Mission To Mars The book looks at motivations and challenges of several women scientists in the organisation working on other important space missions. ‘How hard was it for these women scientists to follow their dream of a career in science, which has been considered a strictly male bastion? How many were hampered by family pressures and social conditioning positing marriage and family as their primary goals?’ are some of the questions Vaid poses to the women she interviewed for the book. The answers are telling, but unexpected. Book review of Those Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines by Minnie Vaid

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