Reviews

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.

May 3, 2018

‘… Don’t Run, My Love may be read and enjoyed as a simple folktale, it may also be read as an allegory of human relationships as love is fraught with danger. Also it may be an allegory for life itself where it is almost impossible to segregate good and evil into neat compartments.’ Book review of Don’t Run, My Love by Easterine Kire.

May 2, 2018

The book is a memoir of the author (1918-2011), with its rich and enigmatic range of tales about life in the Himalayan and trans-Himalayan spaces (Gilgit, Jammu-Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet, and of course India), ensuring pleasant reading.’ Book review of Tibetan Caravans: Journeys from Leh to Lhasa by Abdul Wahid Radhu.

May 2, 2018

‘Ravish’s ruminations about the nature of our fear in The Free Voice, released in April 2018, makes it required reading for every Indian who looks the other way or stays silent when faced with bigotry and hatred. It’s a how-to-rediscover-your-courage-guide for media organisations that self-censor any criticism of the government, mostly for commercial reasons. It is also an important record of how India and Indians changed before our eyes.’ Book review of The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation by Ravish Kumar.

April 6, 2018

‘In his recently released book, The Free Voice, journalist Ravish Kumar details the predicament of our nation. It no longer sounds cynical that we are living in a vicious atmosphere of fear, failure, and fallacy created and sustained through a humongous Right wing propaganda unleashed in every sphere of life in India today.’ Book review of The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation by Ravish Kumar. Click here to read full review.

February 19, 2018

‘No Path in Darjeeling is Straight is Parimal Bhattacharya’s memorable contribution to understanding Darjeeling through a prism, where different colourful images magically come together to offer a remarkable clarity into the hill town as it once was, and its steady decline to what it is now.’ Book review of No Path in Darjeeling is Straight by Parimal Bhattacharya.

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