Book Review

'Way of the Witch' book review: Practical magic

An arresting book that presents an understanding of the supernatural divorced from superstition.

published on : 22nd January 2023

'Rishi Sunak: The Rise' book review: Written in vain

There is a parallel with the present book. Rishi Sunak, after a succession battle within the Conservative Party that involved standing against Truss initially, became PM in October.

published on : 22nd January 2023

Nilanjana Roy’s 'Black River' book review: On the margins of margin

A compelling novel that brings the social injustices of Delhi’s dark underbelly to the fore through a thrilling murder mystery.

published on : 15th January 2023

‘Kundan Hadn’t Lost It’: Saeed Mirza on his book 'I Know the Psychology of Rats'

Saeed Mirza speaks to Medha Dutta Yadav about his book, I Know the Psychology of Rats, a tribute to filmmaker Kundan Shah, and how it’s capable of transforming those willing to listen

published on : 8th January 2023

'For, in Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit' book review: The Melancholy of Resistance

A collection of verses by incarcerated poets that is as evocative as the art installation it’s inspired from

published on : 8th January 2023

'The Book of Bihari Literature': A love letter to the homeland

Classic literature in any culture has an emotive, visceral connection.

published on : 11th December 2022

Red China blues by Dikotter: an account of the country's developments during Xi Jinping era

The tumultous story of the world’s second-largest economy told through 600 documents from the country’s municipal and provincial archives Manoj Kewalramani

published on : 11th December 2022

Nation builders and a few crooks

A compendium of crisp and relevant biographies by veteran journalist TJS George that deconstructs the idea of India

published on : 20th November 2022

A classic retelling of the infamous 'Devdas'

It is likely that the reader might flounder a bit at the start, while trying to bring the old story in line with the new one Gupta has written.

published on : 20th November 2022

Ex-VP Hamid Ansari's 'Challenges to a liberal polity' book review: The politics of being Indian

A collection of speeches and articles by former vice-president Hamid Ansari, offering engaging insights into our democracy

published on : 6th November 2022

'Fonseca' book review: The Goan artist's biography misses the art of the matter

Délio Mendonça is a Jesuit priest of Goan origin has taken upon himself the mission of finding a place for Fonseca in the pantheon of great Indian artists.

published on : 23rd October 2022

Vivek Shraya's 'People Change' book review: When change is the only constant

In ‘People Change’, Indo-Canadian trans author and artist Vivek Shraya meditates on change, and reinvention, in connection to identity, relationships, gender, sexuality, fashion, and more.

published on : 18th October 2022

'Glory' book review: A political satire on Zimbabwe’s history that pays homage to Geroge Orwell’s classic

Glory demands awareness of Zimbabwe’s history, as much as it compels readers to find out more.

published on : 9th October 2022

Review | 'The Dalit Truth': Weak anthology that fails to shed light on proposed truth 

If you have lived your life as a Dalit in India, you probably would think you need to read this book, but you don’t––there is nothing here that you do not already know.

published on : 24th July 2022

My characters come from people I have met over the years: 'Ruffled Feathers' author Sanjay Kumar

"I write about the times I have lived in. It is natural that religion and politics feature in my narratives. I respect my readers. I don’t begin with an agenda in these matters," Sanjay Kumar.

published on : 24th July 2022

Vaasanthi’s 'Breaking Free' book review: Bonds of women in rebellion and acceptance

With the deftest of strokes, this novel conjures a picture of the women-dominated lifestyle of the devadasis, where the disciplines of dance, music and coquetry rule supreme.

published on : 17th July 2022

'An American Girl in India' author Wendy Doniger takes us through her journey 

My native American impatience with the delays of Indian bureaucracy prompted me to try to understand why everything took so long.

published on : 3rd July 2022

'Illuminations' review: Christopher Taylor's photography book is about family and memory

The collection of photographs that stems from the author’s deeply personal experiences is imaginative and uncluttered.  

published on : 26th June 2022

'Karya' book review: Rite of passage

The book’s celebrated translator Susheela Punitha received the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award for English in 2015 for U R Ananthamurthy’s Bharathipura.

published on : 11th April 2021

'Kaalkoot' book review: A racy thriller that keeps you on the edge

Debutant author S Venkatesh weaves a thrilling adventure that is unputdownable. 

published on : 28th April 2019
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