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Book Review | C.N. Annadurai’s witty social realism lost in translation

Annadurai's fame as a politician tends to overshadow his accomplishments as a storyteller

03 Jul 2023 12:46 AM

Book Review | Giving wings to amateur birders

Aasheesh’s collection of essays, written over nearly four decades, makes justice to the phrase ‘The Pleasures of Birds and Birdwatching’

03 Jul 2023 12:38 AM

Book Review | Finance ministers who shaped early post-Independence India

What struck this reviewer was how many FMs resigned from office in those early days — a practice that ended soonafter

03 Jul 2023 12:19 AM

Book Review | Sketch of two charismatic PMs whose errors cost India dearly

The author relates with honesty the flaws and strengths Rajiv Gandhi, then seen as ‘India’s John F Kennedy’.

25 Jun 2023 12:50 AM

Book Review | Rural India gets ready for a feminist romp

While the book starts off all sedate and serious, the author suddenly decides to let her hair down and turns it into a full blown romp

25 Jun 2023 12:45 AM

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Book Review | The Viraraghavans of Kodaikanal and their zany roses

'Roses in the Fire of Spring' is both a tribute and documentation of the work of two intrepid rosarians

25 Jun 2023 12:43 AM

Book Review | Elephant fable packs an environment message

This story of good and evil is also the story of finding one’s hidden strength in the midst of trying times.

18 Jun 2023 7:04 AM

Book Review | The pioneering and pivotal thought of Anaximander

Rovelli makes it clear from the beginning that this book is not the history of the discoveries of Anaximander.

18 Jun 2023 12:10 AM

Book Review | Vintage Atwood in 7 elegant sketches of family, loss!

Old Babes in the Wood is at its shimmering best in a set of linked stories about a couple, Nell and Tig.

18 Jun 2023 12:03 AM

Book Review | Vajpayee never a liberal but Hindu Right’s first spin doctor

Perhaps, he can be said to be the first of spin-doctors of the Hindu right, where conviction was not necessary, articulation was.

11 Jun 2023 12:28 AM

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Book Review | Illness as a metaphor for the Indian condition

All in all, a book that draws attention to the vibrancy of writing in the bhashas and the range and variety of topics that they cover.

11 Jun 2023 12:24 AM

Book Review | Lockdown and the homemaker blues

Well written enough that I got through it without wanting to bang my head against a wall.

11 Jun 2023 12:18 AM

Book Review | A refreshingly original fiction on power of ragas

The short easy read is a mere 137 pages, but laudably, refreshingly original.

04 Jun 2023 12:41 AM

Book Review | Convention-bound aesthetic, too many subplots clutter up big picture

Historically significant characters flit in and out of the book.

04 Jun 2023 12:37 AM

Book Review | The Guantanamo trauma and Abu Zubaydah’s unbearable secrets

Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are two of the world’s best known investigative writers with several acclaimed books to their name.

04 Jun 2023 12:31 AM

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Book Review | Talking Indo-Pak peace on the back channel with open eyes

The special thing is that from the facts before him, Lambah has produced a new way of seeing.

28 May 2023 12:46 AM

Book Review | So many reasons to love these proud women of Jasmine Villa...

Wajid puts her heroines through emotional turmoil. The writing is decent with good surprise twists in the plot that take the readers unaware

28 May 2023 12:10 AM

Book Review | Krishnagopal Mallick, an unsung literary pioneer

The credit for ‘discovering’ Krishnagopal Mallick goes to university professor and novelist Niladri R. Chatterjee

28 May 2023 12:10 AM

Book Review | Trump’s strong right arm packed a punch when it came to China

Pompeo admits that his China policy was not as successful as he might have hoped & maintains the efforts to contain China must be continued.

21 May 2023 12:33 AM

Book Review | Poignant trip across friendships, philosophies and ties that bind...

Wry humour runs in and out through the stories, lifting the mood, sometimes even in a macabre manner at a funeral!

21 May 2023 12:16 AM

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