Book Review

'The Sweetness of Water' and 'Moth' book reviews: A war has no victors

Two recent debut novels are powerful family dramas about war. Though set in two diverse parts  of the world, both have one overarching message—that war, ultimately, has no winners.

published on : 17th October 2021

The Blind Matriarch Book Review: Mighty Materfamilias

A contemporary family saga explores urban relationships in the face of an upheaval caused by the pandemic.

published on : 10th October 2021

China Room Book Review: The consequences of certitudes

A story of two people separated by half a century and the sense of alienation they face.  

published on : 10th October 2021

'Chasing the Light' book review: Chronicles of the real and reel

Oliver Stone’s memoir takes us through the tumultuous twists and turns of his life and career   

published on : 3rd October 2021

'Valmiki's Women' Review: Anand Neelakantan's latest is a contrarian’s take on mythology

Anand Neelakantan tells Medha Dutta Yadav that Ramayana and Mahabharata will always be relevant. They delve deep into the human psyche. As long as humans exist, these epics would keep evolving.

published on : 12th September 2021

'When The Wildflowers Bloom' Review: Warp and weft of emotions

The prose is sprinkled with oodles of gentle advice and pearls of wisdom, such as the fact that life gives you only what you expect from it. 

published on : 12th September 2021

'Return of the Brahmin' book review: A political thriller in Ashokan times

The Buddhist Emperor’s wily spymaster returns with his fierce loyalties to his sovereign to untangle the mayhem that has descended

published on : 11th July 2021

'Wanderers, Kings. Merchants: The Story of India Through its Languages' book review: Our mother’s tongue

Well-researched, topical and engaging, the book begins by exploring the origin of Sanskrit.

published on : 11th July 2021

Understanding Chinese diplomacy through Vijay Gokhale's 'The Long Game'

Gokhale, who has spent nearly four decades in the Indian Foreign Service before retiring as foreign secretary in January 2020, is an expert on Chinese diplomacy.

published on : 8th July 2021

'The Spirit of Enquiry' book review: The proverbial inquisitor

TM Krishna on his collection of over 50 essays—The Spirit of Enquiry— gives readers an insight into the way his ideas have changed and nuanced over a period of time

published on : 27th June 2021

'Enter Stage Right' book review: View from the wings

Alkazi’s memoir takes us through generations of relatives from both the Alkazi and Padamsee sides of the family

published on : 27th June 2021

'The Story Quilt Edited & Compiled' book review: A patchwork of tales

This collection of eight children’s stories includes translations from Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Punjabi and Sindhi.

published on : 27th June 2021

Syud Hossain's biography: A life less ordinary

An entire section of the book is dedicated to tracing the genesis of Indians in America, profiling some of the prominent names who mass-migrated to the country in the 20th century.

published on : 13th June 2021

'Whereabouts' book review: The solitary reaper

The latest from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri is the first novel that she has written in Italian and then self-translated into English.

published on : 30th May 2021

'Civil Lines' book review: When family secrets unfold  

A chance conversation in the house that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables convinced her that houses carry the imprints of their owners' trauma.

published on : 2nd May 2021
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