Reviews

January 27, 2020

Off the Shelf is a book about one life—the author’s—and many other lives—of legendary writers, editors, publishers and booksellers—spent with words: written, printed and bound. Book review of Off the Shelf

January 27, 2020

The Real Mr. Barkotoki is a trippy adventure and a visual treat. Distinctly illustrated in the vein of Joe Sacco’s gritty realism, this graphic novel brings to life one of Assam’s best known and most mystifying figures in an entertaining noir-style mystery.Book review of The Real Mr. Barkotoki

January 27, 2020

Off the Shelf’ is more of an experiential exploration of books, a work born of experiencing all sides of the experience, from publisher to reader and on to a critic. Book review of Off the Shelf

January 17, 2020

Leela Gour Broome read from her new book Earthquake Boy that offers life lessons for children. Book review

January 17, 2020

Namrata Verghese explores the disorders and triumphs of Indian immigrants, especially Malayalees, in America. Book review of The Juvenile Immigrant

January 13, 2020

Coming Back to the City draws us effortlessly, completely into the lives of the people who animate the maximum city, even as they are consumed by it.This novel, the eighth by Anuradha Kumar, has its entire narrative set in Mumbai and its immediate vicinity, mainly in a crumbling 70-year-old chawl located around the Jupiter Mills area in Parel, a chawl thronged by feisty characters who refuse to be buried or dislocated by the threat of a tide of high-rise progress. Book review of Coming Back to the City

January 13, 2020

Ananya Mukherjee began writing Tales from the Tail End when she was 38, a year before she died. As the chemo sessions reached 50, her writing became steadfast and consistent, as though it was all she had. A few days before she passed on, she submitted her manuscript to Ravi Singh, her editor and the publisher at Speaking Tiger Book review of Tales from the Tail End

December 29, 2019

There’s a Carnival Today is a deeply layered historical background to the social and political shifts in the history of the Nepali community living in Darjeeling in West Bengal. Book review of There’s a Carnival Today

December 23, 2019

Coming Back to the City brings the reader to Parel’s Jupiter Mills chawl, one of the last few that still remain in Mumbai, that City of Dreams that continues to attract countless minions who arrive here with nothing more in their pockets but only their dreams. You find yourself with an author who creates with great empathy a world inhabited by a host of characters. Book review of Coming Back to the City

December 23, 2019

Synapse Ratan Oak, the intrepid microbiologist, is back in action in this book of intrigue, conspiracy and murder. Interspersed with crucial breakthroughs in neuroscience, and with cameos from numerous scientific luminaries, these hair-raising stories traverse time, space and the dark underbelly of scientific progress. Book review

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