‘It is a compelling read, with its understanding of character, its evocation of landscape, and her knowledge of life in a British station in India.’ Book review of The Woman in the Bazaar by Alice Perrin.
‘[Perhaps Tomorrow] also sheds light on the work laws and the precarious living conditions of workers abroad. They risked – and continue to risk—being bullied, humiliated and often starved and beaten.’Book review of Perhaps Tomorrow – The Memoir of a Sri Lankan Housemaid in the Middle East by Pooranam Elayathamby with Richard Anderson.
‘A season for Martyrs by Bina Shah is a brilliant book which tells the history of Sindh, a province of Pakistan. She mixes myth with history and the personal with the political. She presents picture of Sindh by narrating past with its entire glorious spiritual, cultural and political heritage.’ Book review of A Season for Martyrs by Bina Shah.
‘But despite the grimness of its subject matter…this is in the end an unexpectedly optimistic book, one with sympathy and hope for the better side of human nature’ Book review of Murder in Mahim: A Novel by Jerry Pinto.
‘The novel explores that hierarchical world of homosexuals, where he of lesser means is a ‘bender’ and the moneyed one a ‘confirmed bachelor’. It takes readers to the gay addas of Mumbai, such as the Matunga Road station toilets with an incisiveness that, as Pinto writes, ‘would make each individual hair stand upon your head’.’ Book review of Murder in Mahim by Jerry Pinto.
‘Naidu has a rich eye for detail — her zamindari scenes, her account of a British household in the late nineteenth century, all these are lively accounts. The stories too are vivid with a hint of Scheherazade thrown in. ‘Book review of The Saree of Surya Vilas by Vayu Naidu.
‘The stories in the present selection (two books) are no doubt engaging – though not quite the edge-of-the-seat variety. Rendall’s reference to the “understatement” is a perfect description. There is a fear that just about reaches your throat but doesn’t quite boil over; the chill that you expect will run up your spine actually does so … one vertebral step at a time … hovering half-way to terror until the climactic end.’ Book review of The Creature on the Moonlit Road and The Haunted Dolls’ House.
‘At different places in the book, you can smell the place the author has written about. The books inspires the reader to back the bag and get set go.’
Book review of Loitering With Intent: Diary of a Happy Traveller by Ritu Menon.
‘Chandni Chowk makes for an absorbing read. It may have been subsumed under the great metropolis of the modern capital city, but it has held onto its charm. It continues to be one of the biggest trading hubs; its narrow lanes continue to provide interesting insights on its glorious past. There is something mysteriously attractive about the place; its history seemingly still thrives in its narrow streets. Swapna Liddle only adds historical flavour to the unending fascination for this old city.’ Book review of Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi by Swapna Liddle.
‘ A Village Dies then is strongly ethnographic in nature, a deliberate documentation of a time and people and way of life gone by.’ Book review of A Village Dies by Ivan Arthur.