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July 31, 2017

India Dissents: 3,000 Years of Difference, Doubt and Argument edited by Ashok Vajpeyi leaves you with thoughts that make you understand the value of Indian citizenship, while at the same time questioning what the leaders have dragged it down to.’ Click here to read the full review.

July 24, 2017

‘I did not want the book to end is what I have to say after completing Ruskin Bond’s Lone Fox Dancing, My Autobiography. Enamoured of his writing skills, I have always enjoyed reading Ruskin Bond, but his endearing autobiography, which allows readers to get further up close with the author, weaves an enchanting web from which they may find hard to break free.’ Book review of Lone Fox Dancing: My Autobiography by Ruskin Bond.

July 21, 2017

‘India was home and yet he was alone, England was never something that attracted him and though, as a 17 year-old he did go and spend four years in London, at heart was the determination and the conviction that he would return “home” to India. And return he did… Mostly alone, looked after by maids and cooks, they still preferred to stay on in the new India. The book provides fascinating insights into the kind of low level British who have rarely been written about.’ Book review of Lone Fox Dancing: My Autobiography by Ruskin Bond.

July 17, 2017

‘Half-Open Windows is a refreshingly uncommon tale set in Mumbai. It is contemporary fiction that examines the city from the perspective of architecture and the morass it is in. ‘ Book review of Half Open Windows by Ganesh Matkari, translated by Jerry Pinto.

July 17, 2017

‘This book, let there be no doubt, is for die-hard Sherlockians. For the Irene Adlers in us and the loyal Watsons.’ Book review of Sherlock edited by Otto Penzler.

July 10, 2017

‘The book moves at an easy pace, painting a nostalgic picture of Dehradun during the 1970s, when tea shops and letters were a big part of lovers’ life. Steady dose of political background makes one understand how life was during Emergency.’ Book review of Unforeseen Desires by Anil Chopra.

June 29, 2017

‘The novel became a classic when Uddhav J. Shelke first penned it as Dhag in 1964. The story seems timeless. In fact, leafing through the book one hardly misses the lack of references to telephones and electricity that are now found in the remotest of villages. Shanta Gokhale’s seamless translation opens up its reach to a wider audience.’ Book review of Kautik on Embers by Uddhav J. Shelke, translated by Shanta Gokhale.

June 20, 2017

‘The book weaves a beautiful relationship about a dog and her people. Gillian brings Mishti (and her daughter Soni) alive, endearing us to this remarkable little golden Labrador.’ Book review of Misthi, the Mirzapuri Labrador by Gillian Wright.

June 19, 2017

‘Invoking a sense of timelessness upon the reader, Son of the Thundercloud is essentially a book about feelings and emotions rather than thinking. With disarmingly simple language and inherent honesty, Kire gently holds the reader’s attention to bring home the message that love and life are eternal. The novel reminds us that we can always choose love over fear, hope over disbelief and to believe in what’s miraculous rather than what is merely plausible. Book review of Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire.

May 29, 2017

‘Half-Open Windows reads people you wouldn’t ordinarily want to read. There are corporate giants, hypocritical house husbands, overstressed students of architecture a la Peter Keating, and what’s more, the weather’s not that great. It’s humid outside, it might just rain, any moment, and you’re reading about Mumbai, which is not over there, the way New York is, or even Singapore. Mumbai, which is right here, is being read. Would you ordinarily want to read it?’ Book review of Half-Open Windows by Ganesh Matkari, translated from the Marathi by Jerry Pinto.

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