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December 10, 2017

‘The book, superbly translated from Hindi by Anurag Basnet, is both a confirmation of the stories we sometimes come across in national dailies and a plea to ‘mainland’ India to take cognizance of its forgotten citizens.’ Book review of ‘Is That Even a Country, Sir!’ by Anil Yadav, translated by Anurag Basnet.

December 8, 2017

‘As in all good poetry, the images as they roll down the lines have a logic and a nexus of their own. The poetry is under control and no poem is allowed to run away as it wills, like a vigilante mob.’ Book review of Available Ligh: New and Selected Poems by C P Surendran.

November 11, 2017

‘The characters in ‘Tully Country’ may date from another time, but there is a timelessness about their lives that serves to bestir the conscience of a country that believes, too early, that it has arrived.’ Book review of Upcountry Tales by Mark Tully.

November 6, 2017

‘Shanta Gokhale’s translation of the book by Lakshmibai Tilak is the gold standard of autobiographical writing in India’ Book review of Smritichitre by Lakshmibai Tilak.

November 1, 2017

‘The topics he writes on range from the human to the divine and back again, and in their combined scope he encompasses the past, present, and future of not just Egypt but all colonised cultures from the eyes of a committed citizen… Coming at this turbulent stage in our own nation’s evolving history, this book will act as an emblem of not just the dangers but also the legacies of a public life: A life free, bold, and tolerant.’ Book review of The Meaning of Civilisation by Naguib Mahfouz.

October 29, 2017

‘The 228-page book not just describes the life of leopards but contextualises their existence in the Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park’s vast ecosystem stretching across 9,600 sq miles. In this bionetwork, topography, weather conditions and seasonal migration mould their life patterns as they fight the battle for survival.’ Book review of The Leopard’s Tale by Jonathan and Angela Scott.

October 4, 2017

‘The White Umbrella is a good, calming read for all ages, a testament to the undercurrent of humanity in today’s fractured world.’ Book review of The White Umbrella by Brian Sewell.

September 21, 2017

‘… Ghosh distinguishes his work by lending the novel a dreamlike quality, cutting away the ropes of reality which binds us to the harsh truth of life.’ Book review of The Vermilion Boat by Sudhin N. Ghose.

September 20, 2017

‘The book is action packed, funny, and spirited in its journey through the crossroads of Northeast, where people and their cultures interact outside mainland India’s worldview. Travel has different meaning for everyone; Anil Yadav’s memoir is a refreshing look at travel and writing as a journey to embracing a world different from your own, but at the same time recognizing that difference requires courage and compassion.’ Book review of Is That Even a Country, Sir! by Anil Yadav, translated from the Hindi by Anurag Basnet.

September 17, 2017

‘When The Moon Shines by Day by Nayantara Sahgal, who at 90, is one of our most respected writers in English, touches on all the issues that she’d raised two years ago when she returned her Sahitya Akademi award – namely, “the vicious assault” on “India’s culture of diversity and debate”, intolerance by the majority community leading to widespread persecution of Muslims and Dalits, the use of violence or intimidation to suppress artists and scholars, etc.’ Book review of When the Moon Shines by Day by Nayantara Sahgal.

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