Reviews

February 22, 2017

‘Beginning with Edmund Halley’s prediction about the return of an eponymous comet and Isaac Newton’s three great gravitational theories he deftly walks us through 10 riveting chapters ranging from Earth, Sun, solar system, galaxy, superclusters of galaxies to singularities, multiverses, relativity, quantum theory, space-time, the anthropic principle and, of course, the Big Bang… most lay readers with a brush of high school science (but, yes, with dollops of curiosity) would have absolutely no trouble navigating the 250-odd pages here.’ Book review of The Unknown Universe by Stuart Clark

February 16, 2017

‘Fusing politics, power, and poetry, Shah mourns and celebrates in the same breath — celebrating the magnificent past and mourning the distraught present. This blend of emotions with her simple prose makes the reading both an engaging and a fulfilling experience.’ Book review of A Season for Martyrs by Bina Shah.

February 15, 2017

‘ Amba is an exhaustive, well-researched recapitulation of history told as a tempestuous romance.’
Book review of Amba: The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak.

February 13, 2017

‘Thundercloud marks Kire’s evolution as a story-teller who is unafraid to recreate myths drawing from sources other than Naga, while giving it local colour. It is unlike any of the other works she has produced. With this work, Kire has added a new literary dimension to her repertoire. And Naga literature in English stands to gain much by it.’ Book review of Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire.

February 10, 2017

‘This is the diary not just of a happy traveller, but of a happy life, a life well lived. Full of friends, good food and long conversations.’
Book review of Loitering with Intent: Diary of a Happy Traveller’ by Ritu Menon.

February 7, 2017

‘North east is barely considered a part of India, most of its citizens are victims of racism as they are identified as “chinkis” and there is little knowledge of its geography, history and plural culture…The tortures of AFSPA and poor policies of resource allocations are an addition to their alienation that poses a serious challenge to peace and India’s claim of being the largest democracy of the world. The book effectively brings out these issues through the lens of gender and the narratives shock and haunt the reader for long.’ Book review of Mother, Where’s My Country? by Anubha Bhonsle.

January 30, 2017

‘This is a beautiful coming together of a Christian myth and Naga legends. Human nature, love, friendship, trust, fear, envy, and betrayal have been explored through the magical events in the novel.’ Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar on the moving experience of reading Easterine Kiré’s new novel Son of the Thundercloud.

January 27, 2017

‘A melange of treason, exotic locations and conniving queens — that’s what Vikramjit Ram brings in his The Sun and Two Seas.’ Book review of The Sun and Two Seas by Vikramjit Ram.

January 17, 2017

‘In the popular discourse, the United States Federal Reserve is often held up as a shining example of a truly independent central bank. The reality, though, is far from it.’ Book review of Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World by Juliet Johnson.

January 17, 2017

Very rarely would a novel stir a reader’s interest into learning more about the history of a country. Eka Kurniawan’s novel Beauty is a Wound could easily be one of those rarities.’Book review of Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan.

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