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Kushalrani Gulab

Book Review | Laugh and also ponder what patriarchy might do next

The book is a delightful account by a beleaguered researcher to investigate impact of government’s agro-forestry policy in Gujarat

09 May 2021 9:50 AM

Book Review | Worlds within worlds in Dhumketu’s best classic short stories

In this collection of stories, you go back in time to the age of Bimbisaar, move to Darjeeling just before and after a world war, and more

14 Mar 2021 2:16 AM

Book REVIEW | The importance of being earnest in a villainish and banal world

The Impeccable Integrity of Ruby R. is not a political novel. It’s a novel set in politics, but it’s about Ruby and no one else.

20 Dec 2020 8:21 AM

BOOK REVIEW | Preachy tone mars this quirky history of local pilgrimages

If you are familiar with Pattanaik’s earlier books, you will also note that this book is not quite in his usual style

22 Nov 2020 12:00 AM

Karna’s #MeToo moment cries out for a reckoning

Desai did devote a few words to Karna’s state of mind when Draupadi was dragged into the court like a slave after all the dice games were lost.

03 Nov 2019 2:09 AM

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Sapiosexual love is where Buddha and Yashodhara were at

A few weeks after I finished this book, I came across a social media post announcing an anti-feminist yajna in Karnataka.

06 Oct 2019 5:02 AM

Eclectic mix has energy of maestro’s superhit songs

And one brilliantly described encounter with the Badass Bandariyas later, you would certainly believe that it has.

25 Aug 2019 2:32 AM

Studies of hypochondria, polyamory fail to carry flimsy story

Real life has no logic, I know. But good fiction does, and I found very little logic in the telling of this story.

18 Aug 2019 3:27 AM

Bittersweet, if solipsistic, musings on mortality

Iyer explains what he's doing with his newest manuscript in his usual roundabout style.

28 Jul 2019 3:33 AM

Laughter, emails and adventures of young girlfriends

If at all you’re floundering in sadness, read To Night Owl From Dogfish. I guarantee it’ll get you laughing again.

14 Jul 2019 7:58 AM

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When you need to accept death, read this to save your life

Puri’s mother is an anesthesiologist, and Sunita and her younger brother grew up in a household steeped in medicine.

16 Jun 2019 7:04 AM

You are responsible for your worldview, keep it simple

The pieces in Mouth Full of Blood are categorised into three parts: the political, Black matters, and Morrison on her books.

20 May 2019 6:29 AM

Boring fantasy struggles to come of age

All is well with Shui — or as well as life can be for a teenager — when a new girl joins the school.

03 Mar 2019 2:15 AM

A #MeToo story, but not exactly sparkling

Anshu, the heroine, is a strong woman, a successful businessperson, a woman who’s been through pain and loss.

16 Dec 2018 12:09 AM

Queen Victoria the person,not just the Crown

Taylor’s proof that Victoria personally had a stronger influence on India than has ever been acknowledged before essentially lies in three things.

25 Nov 2018 12:36 AM

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Zusak’s stories within stories delight, thrill, hurt

The Murderer now lives by the banks of a river. The old bridge across the river has been washed away; he wants to build a new bridge.

04 Nov 2018 12:33 AM

A love story of two boys told simply

This is a book about how relationships are formed, what it takes to sustain them, and how to keep them going even when the future is uncertain.

28 Oct 2018 12:54 AM

A nostalgic touch to children’s adventures

So it’s an apprehensive bunch of children who step off the train at the village.

23 Sep 2018 2:06 AM

A lovely story, but feels unreal

It would be a book firmly anchored in place and time, solid as only a feast can be.

09 Sep 2018 12:13 AM

A brilliant concept ruined by poor execution

It’s hard to place a book like this. On the one hand, the point of the story is awesome.

19 Aug 2018 12:30 AM

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