Reviews

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

November 11, 2016

‘Malika Amar Shaikh’s forthright self-portrait—and Jerry Pinto’s translation that opens it to non-Marathi readers—is a disturbing yet luminous read.’
Book review of I Want To Destroy Myself by Malika Amar Shaikh, translated by Jerry Pinto.

November 9, 2016

‘The book is a must read for the women and Dalit activists, students, researchers and those who believe in the gender equality.’ Book review of I Want to Destroy Myself by Malika Amar Shaikh, translated by Jerry Pinto

November 7, 2016

‘Malika’s bruisingly honest memoir is dominated by her abusive marriage with the great Marathi poet Namdeo Dhasal.’ Book review of I Want to Destroy Myself: A Memoir by Malika Amar Shaikh, translated by Jerry Pinto.

November 7, 2016

‘It is a bold book because it names and exposes the armed forces as well as extremists who tortured and raped women. For women, breaking the silence has severe consequences and without support, few women dare speak out.’ Book review of Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia edited by Laxmi Murthy and Mitu Varma.

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