‘It was a decisive battle in the sense that if Japan had not been stopped at Kohima, its plans to occupy Assam could have been a risk for the British. The Indian nationalists inspired by Subhas Chandra Bose might have revolted against the British.’ Book review of Kohima: The Story of the Greatest Battle Ever Fought by Arthur Swinson
‘The narrator lays bare his sharp observations about rampant casteism and a sense of entitlement that still prevails even in the most liberal university.’
Book review of Up Campus, Down Campus by Avijit Ghosh.
‘It’s just storytelling about life, and the book is so beautifully translated, so simply told and yet so captivating, that I wish I could read it in the original.’ Book review of Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan
‘Turkish tragic tale of life behind bars’. Book review of Istanbul Istanbul by Burhan Sönmez.
‘Empire of Tea is a long-term history of the beverage. Often, a broad span description is at the cost of details. Empire of Tea, however, regales in describing the Asian leaf’s influence on politics, manners, commerce, philosophy, literature, even therapy. It’s a welcome addition to the expanding oeuvre of commodity history.’ Book review of Empire of Tea by Markman Ellis, Riichard Coulton and Matthew Mauger
Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia, uses the work of local journalists who worked with mentors to produce chapters about women affected by militarisation in Kashmir and the Indian Northeast, Nepal, and the frontier tribal regions on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Book review of Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia edited by Laxmi Murthy and Mitu Varma.
‘Belonging is about race, history, colonial relationships, war-time camaraderie, and its betrayals and love. But beneath all this is a history of violence and a reminder that not all ghosts can be exorcised.’Book review of Belonging by Umi Sinha.
‘This little volume, like rain on dry earth, will seep in and fill up curiosities that you didn’t know existed.’ Book review of House Spirit: Drinking in India by Palash Krishna Mehrotra
The stories, poems and essays have three overlapping pitches: why we drink, the drinking games that we play once we get going and lastly, the downside when the going gets rough with drinks. As Fitzgerald puts it succinctly, “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
Book review of House Spirit: Drinking in India by Palash Krishna Mehrotra
‘…the global selection gives readers a chance to compare the diverse fear factors. That said, not all the book is equally scary, though some of the tales certainly do deserve to be read with lights blazing.’Book review of ‘Ghost: 100 stories to read with the lights on’ chosen by Louise Welsh.