‘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.
‘…it is a story about lost hopes and the constant political haggling that still plague the hills today. It is by no means a happy story. Thapa’s translation adeptly conveys the nuances allowing for a twisting of tense as the story moves back and forth in time.’ Book review of There’s a Carnival Today by Indra Bahadur Rai, translated by Manjushree Thapa.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim centres his debut story on the changing life of a well respected widow set in the conservative Hausa society of Northern Nigeria. While he spins a story of heartbreak, his main task is to shatter the deceptions that conservative society takes refuge in, issues of what women of a certain age should or should not do and who they should associate with. Book review of Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.
‘Most stories in this collection are colloquial and provincial, yet cosmopolitan to the core. After reading these stories, you will agree with Tully that not all people in Purvanchal are squint-eyed demons or yogis in bound-lotus postures at the couch of power.’ Book review of Upcountry Tales by Mark Tullly.
‘If it is the feet in one, exposed shoulders are offensive in another — Naked or Covered takes stock of the varying norms of propriety and ways of viewing the naked body across cultures’ Book review of Naked or Covered by Mineke Schipper.
‘Short stories are like telegrams. More is pieced together by what remains unsaid. Each story in Woman to Woman: Stories is a window of the author’s making: the author’s gaze defining the fractures, the pain unseen. Madhulika Liddle’s craft is sure and steady.’ Book review of Woman to Woman by Madhulika Liddle.
‘Call it a balance, or a catharsis— but the novel transcends categorisation, and has a sense of wholeness, along with providing a revealing window into Nepalese life and literature. A five-star read.’ Book review of There’s a Carnival Today by Indra Bahadur Rai, translated by Manjushree Thapa.
‘The book, superbly translated from Hindi by Anurag Basnet, is both a confirmation of the stories we sometimes come across in national dailies and a plea to ‘mainland’ India to take cognizance of its forgotten citizens.’ Book review of ‘Is That Even a Country, Sir!’ by Anil Yadav, translated by Anurag Basnet.
‘As in all good poetry, the images as they roll down the lines have a logic and a nexus of their own. The poetry is under control and no poem is allowed to run away as it wills, like a vigilante mob.’ Book review of Available Ligh: New and Selected Poems by C P Surendran.
‘The characters in ‘Tully Country’ may date from another time, but there is a timelessness about their lives that serves to bestir the conscience of a country that believes, too early, that it has arrived.’ Book review of Upcountry Tales by Mark Tully.