Reviews

June 28, 2018

‘… modest yet masterfully plotted, Swaminathan’s book has blended enough drama and intrigue through these seven cases, resulting in a page turner that will leave a reader impatient to find out who will ring Lalli’s doorbell next.’ Book review of Murder in Seven Acts: Lalli Mysteries by Kalpana Swaminathan.

June 28, 2018

“The Legend of the Wolf” is a Young Adult novel, but is also good for moms like me who are looking for a good, swift and entertaining read and who don’t mind occasionally venturing into territories different than the one they are used to reading.” Book review of The Legend of the Wolf by Andaleeb Wajid.

June 18, 2018

‘If we look back at how it all began, says Schipper, we find that sex and gender issues have been expressed in oral traditions…Such oral ‘wisdom’ represents a fascinating cultural history, and proverbs are a most telling part of that serial narrative. Based, therefore, on research of proverbs from 245 languages, the author goes on to analyse them on the basis of the specific references to women in proverbs.’ Book review of Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet by Mineke Schipper.

June 18, 2018

‘In a predominantly non-vegetarian country tired of worthless beef politics, this literary intervention which does not seek to preach, but only to tell a story, is most refreshing.’
Book review of The Revenge of the Non-Vegetarian by Upamanyu Chatterjee.

June 12, 2018

‘The real reason to read this book is to see Ali disembowel conventional wisdom through irreverent questioning and common sense. Book review of Running Away from Elephants by Rauf Ali.

June 10, 2018

‘The book is light-hearted, but that’s not to say the author takes his work lightly. He is hard on himself and his own knowledge. Indeed, this is that rare humorous book written not for humour’s sake, but with a thorough understanding of the subjects he takes on —rainforest ecology, how dams negatively impact forests, migratory birds, and monkeys.’ Book review of Running Away from Elephants by Rauf Ali.

June 3, 2018

‘Finely constructed descriptions lurk in the pages as one gets down to the nail-biting finish in each chapter of Murder in Seven Acts. It is one thing to show a detective wielding grey cells and quite another to indulge in lilting prose. Kalpana Swaminathan in her latest manages both with aplomb.’Book review of Murder in Seven Acts by Kalpana Swaminathan.

June 3, 2018

‘Z.P. Dala has a striking literary style that stands out in classic distinction and often sparkles… I loved the way Dala focused the spotlight on tender relationships between women, the way she highlighted the poignancy of relationships, the way she shone the spotlight on the often-ignored plight and role of women in the struggle.’Book review of The Architecture of Loss by ZP Dala.

May 12, 2018

‘The real reason to read this book is to see Ali disembowel conventional wisdom through irreverent questioning and common sense.’ Book review of Running Away From Elephants: The Adventures Of A Wildlife Biologist by Rauf Ali.

May 4, 2018

‘In her latest book, Beyond Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics (Speaking Tiger) she shows the tradition of subversion and dissent was alive and well in ancient Indian writing, especially Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Vatsyanana’s Kamasutra.’ Book review of Beyond Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics by Wendy Doniger.

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