Reviews

December 13, 2016

‘…with Bina Shah’s excellent writing and her skill as a storyteller, A Season for Martyrs becomes a haunting, memorable homage—to Sindh, to Bhutto, to the unnamed martyrs of a beautiful land.’ Book review of A Season for Martyrs by Bina Shah.

December 6, 2016

‘The idea of vegetarianism is India’s greatest gift to the world. Nobody else had it — the Aztecs,the Mayans or the Egyptians.The concept of a vegetarian diet in India gained currency probably with the advent of Jainism and Buddhism.’ Book review of Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India by Colleen Taylor Sen.

December 6, 2016

‘What I liked most about this book were the pieces that spoke of something beyond just personal experience and reflection. Where you could feel the honesty in the telling.’ Book review of Himalaya: Adventure Meditation Life edited by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale.

December 6, 2016

‘This is a book you should take up to the mountains on your next visit. It’s perfect background reading and whether you’re interested in adventures, meditation or just life in the Himalayas —it’s all there.’ Book review of Himalaya: Adventure Meditation Life edited by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale.

November 28, 2016

‘I Want to Destroy Myself, as the title suggests, is a howl of pain. Shaikh is consumed by love. There is some artistic frustration, but she knows Dhasal was the greater poet. It is not Dhasal she is angry with; it is herself, for allowing herself to become subsumed by love.’ Book review of I Want to Destroy Myself by Malika Amar Shaikh, translated by Jerry Pinto.

November 24, 2016

Just when all the news around us emanates from the busting of militant launch pads along the border, Dhrubajyoti Borah, a powerful voice on the Assam literary circuit, has come out with his first book in English on what happens to nine survivors of an army attack on a not-so-fictional militant camp located in Bhutan. Book review of The Sleepwalker’s Dream by Dhrubajyoti Borah.

November 23, 2016

‘About halfway through Himalaya, it feels like the sixth day of a long trek. By then, all city sounds have slowly seeped out of you, all man-made structures have gradually crumbled in your memory, the office is a place someone else goes to.’ Book review of Himalaya edited by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale.

November 17, 2016

‘The attack on him was meant to be an example to all other Dalits who dared to get above themselves, but, as journalist Nirupama Dutt writes in her book, The Ballad of Bant Singh: A Qissa of Courage, it proved powerless to silence the voice that was Bant Singh’ Book review of The Ballad of Bant Singh: A Qissa of Courage by Nirupama Dutt

November 17, 2016

‘Warrier’s deft literary skill manifests itself in his ability to use the narrative of an accused godman to explore various strands of modern times and individual lives while weaving an equally taut narrative on crime and corruption. ‘ Book review of The Man Who Wouldn’t Be God by Shashi Warrier.

November 16, 2016

‘For anyone who wants to make a career in wildlife, this book is an eye-opener. ‘ Book review of The Big Cat Man by Jonathan Scott

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