Books  /  Published 17.12.21

An ode to honesty

Lavasa’s family follows a decidedly middle-class script. His father marries a girl chosen for him and eventually invests himself fully in the education of his children who, by Lavasa’s own...
By Akshat Agarwal

Books  /  Published 17.12.21

Exploring a cracked terrain

It rolls out a canvas coloured by distinct splashes of characters, cities and relationships. Asha’s and Cyrus’s marriage throws open humourous and captivating intercultural situations peop...
By Debaroti Chakraborty

Books  /  Published 17.12.21

A death in the life of China

The historian, Bryna Goodman, has taken this tragic story and turned it into a fascinating and thoughtful analysis of the changing mores of a turbulent but lively period — the early 1920s &mdash...
By Rana Mitter

Books  /  Published 12.12.21


Riva Razdan is a New York University graduate and currently working as a screenwriter and author based in Mumbai. Her debut novel Arzu was published by Hachette India in 2021 ...
By Riva Razdan

Books  /  Published 10.12.21

An old text in new light

Book: Love and Sex in the Time of Plague: A Decameron Renaissance Author: Guido Ruggiero Publisher: Harvard, Price: £39.95 At first glance, Love and Sex in the Time of Plague by ...
By S.D. Chaudhuri


Books  /  Published 03.12.21

Maydays, past and present

Besides the Introduction and Conclusion, the volume is divided into 11 chapters. Chapter 8, “The Fractal Geometry of Disaster”, is the most readable, the narrative riveting and the details...
By Anamitra Anurag Danda

Books  /  Published 03.12.21

A city visible but unseen

My favourite portion of the book remains the strolling, walking, imaginations of Zap, criss-crossing the city, savouring its sights and sounds, and making them part of his guidebooks. The difference b...
By Nandini Bhattacharya

Books  /  Published 03.12.21

Timeless chains

Although the second storyline is less gripping than that of Mehar, Sunjeev Sahota uses subtle hints to establish that even after 70 years, not much has changed when it comes to women’s desires a...
By Rashi Bhargava

Books  /  Published 03.12.21

The hope of emancipation

Struggling against degradations, Caleb enters into an uneasy truce with his father and joins the commune farm with the brothers. However, after his personal dignity is savaged by his lover and he is a...
By Sharmila Purkayastha

Books  /  Published 26.11.21

Gold without glitter

I argue that Neil is not the central character in the book. It is really a natural extension of the story of Anita’s mother, Anjali, who grew up in Mumbai with her own floundering, non-achiever ...
By Sajni Mukherji


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