Reviews

May 12, 2018

‘The real reason to read this book is to see Ali disembowel conventional wisdom through irreverent questioning and common sense.’ Book review of Running Away From Elephants: The Adventures Of A Wildlife Biologist by Rauf Ali.

May 4, 2018

‘In her latest book, Beyond Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics (Speaking Tiger) she shows the tradition of subversion and dissent was alive and well in ancient Indian writing, especially Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Vatsyanana’s Kamasutra.’ Book review of Beyond Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics by Wendy Doniger.

May 3, 2018

‘… Don’t Run, My Love may be read and enjoyed as a simple folktale, it may also be read as an allegory of human relationships as love is fraught with danger. Also it may be an allegory for life itself where it is almost impossible to segregate good and evil into neat compartments.’ Book review of Don’t Run, My Love by Easterine Kire.

May 2, 2018

The book is a memoir of the author (1918-2011), with its rich and enigmatic range of tales about life in the Himalayan and trans-Himalayan spaces (Gilgit, Jammu-Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet, and of course India), ensuring pleasant reading.’ Book review of Tibetan Caravans: Journeys from Leh to Lhasa by Abdul Wahid Radhu.

May 2, 2018

‘Ravish’s ruminations about the nature of our fear in The Free Voice, released in April 2018, makes it required reading for every Indian who looks the other way or stays silent when faced with bigotry and hatred. It’s a how-to-rediscover-your-courage-guide for media organisations that self-censor any criticism of the government, mostly for commercial reasons. It is also an important record of how India and Indians changed before our eyes.’ Book review of The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation by Ravish Kumar.

April 6, 2018

‘In his recently released book, The Free Voice, journalist Ravish Kumar details the predicament of our nation. It no longer sounds cynical that we are living in a vicious atmosphere of fear, failure, and fallacy created and sustained through a humongous Right wing propaganda unleashed in every sphere of life in India today.’ Book review of The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation by Ravish Kumar. Click here to read full review.

February 19, 2018

‘No Path in Darjeeling is Straight is Parimal Bhattacharya’s memorable contribution to understanding Darjeeling through a prism, where different colourful images magically come together to offer a remarkable clarity into the hill town as it once was, and its steady decline to what it is now.’ Book review of No Path in Darjeeling is Straight by Parimal Bhattacharya.

February 19, 2018

‘…it is a story about lost hopes and the constant political haggling that still plague the hills today. It is by no means a happy story. Thapa’s translation adeptly conveys the nuances allowing for a twisting of tense as the story moves back and forth in time.’ Book review of There’s a Carnival Today by Indra Bahadur Rai, translated by Manjushree Thapa.

February 4, 2018

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim centres his debut story on the changing life of a well respected widow set in the conservative Hausa society of Northern Nigeria. While he spins a story of heartbreak, his main task is to shatter the deceptions that conservative society takes refuge in, issues of what women of a certain age should or should not do and who they should associate with. Book review of Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.

January 18, 2018

‘Most stories in this collection are colloquial and provincial, yet cosmopolitan to the core. After reading these stories, you will agree with Tully that not all people in Purvanchal are squint-eyed demons or yogis in bound-lotus postures at the couch of power.’ Book review of Upcountry Tales by Mark Tullly.

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