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Lead Tin Yellow; Doug Gunnery.
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Lead Tin Yellow; Doug Gunnery.

Thrill of the chase

What looks like a run-of-the-mill crime novel is actually quite entertaining. »
Gulab; Annie Zaidi, HarperCollins, Rs.350.

Parallel reality

A quick read that delves cursorily into existentialism. »
Colours of the Cage: A Prison Memoir; Arun Ferreira, Aleph Book Company, Rs.295.

Penned in

A searing account of nearly five years in prison, Colours of the Cage is both a stirring memoir of extraordinary human resilience and endurance against unspeakable suffering and injustice, and a di... »
Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth; Ruth Padel, Chatto and Windus, Rs.799.

Darkly luminous

An exploration of why songs continue to be sung in the face of all odds. »
Islands; Keki N. Daruwalla, Tranquebar, Rs.325.

Isle seats

Delightful stories that take the reader to magical islands. »
Odysseus Abroad; Amit Chaudhuri, Penguin, Rs.599.
January 31, 2015

Stragglers in a strange land

Growing up, I used to miss reading about other countries from an Indian perspective. The opinionated desi travelogue that would tell you just how beautiful London’s parks are but how tastele... »
A Guest For Arundhathi and Other Stories; Sethu; translated by K. Kunhikrishnan, Palimpsest, Rs.250.
January 31, 2015

Tales of change

There are 10 stories in this collection. The common thread that runs through them is the writer’s fascination for change, and how it alters simple ordinary lives that are not really prepared for it... »
Aditya Chopra Relives... Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge; As Told to Nasreen Munni Kabir, Yash Raj Films Private Limited, Rs.2000.
January 31, 2015

DDLJ diaries

Aditya Chopra, scion of the house of Chopras and producer-director of some of the most successful Hindi films, does not like to give interviews. His photographs too rarely appear in the papers. Nas... »
EDITOR UNPLUGGED — Media, Magnates, Netas & Me: Vinod Mehta; Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 7th Floor, Infinity Tower-C, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon-122002. Rs. 599.
January 26, 2015

The editor and some innocuous gossip

Picking up an (auto)biography reflects the desire of a reader for an intimate relationship with the author. An entire publishing industry thrives around the desire of readers to seek the life-stor... »
Kuldeep Kumar
January 23, 2015

Hindi Belt: A glimpse into an unfamiliar world

To write an autobiography is an act of tremendous courage. One has to bare one’s soul to the world and go through the agony and ecstasy of living one’s life all over again. Writing biographies or a... »
Karikkottakkari
Thiruvananthapuram, January 22, 2015

Book review: Historical riddles

Pedigree brings dignity. Look at any struggle of the marginalised in the history of mankind and one finds that they were deprived of their dignity by those claiming to have a ‘better’ lineage,... »

ECONOMIC GROWTH, TRADE AND POVERTY — A Comparative Analysis of India and China: Edited by Elumalai Kannan, R. S. Deshpande, Guo Xiaoming, Yue Zhaomin; Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 206 I Floor, Peacock Lane, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110049. Rs. 595.
January 19, 2015

Incohesive attempt at comparing China and India

For unstated reasons, it has become customary to compare China’s achievements in growth, trade, etc. with India’s. Part of this was indeed due to the rapid growth of India in the early years of th... »
Indians in a globalizing world — Their Skewed Rise: Dilip Hiro; HarperCollins Publishers, A-75, Sector 57, Noida-122001. Rs. 699.
January 12, 2015

An education in governance

With acute observation and sharp expression, Dilip Hiro covers Indian production, communication, finance, and culture in a world beset by hectic change and seeming homogenisation, and his atten... »

Hunt Bangle Chameleon: Selected Short Stories of U.R. Ananthamurthy; trs. Deepa Ganesh, Prism Books, Rs.225.
January 31, 2015

Confluence of passions

Few writers in regional languages have had as much visibility and influence in the Anglophone world as U.R. Ananthamurthy. This is largely due to his insistence on a public, intellectual self that... »
How Modi Won It: Notes From the 2014 Election; Harish Khare, Hachette, Rs.599.
January 31, 2015

Notes on votes

The other day at a Hindi news channel studio, one of its young correspondents informed me that Harish Khare’s book was out. “Have you read it?” he asked. “What is it called?”  “I can’... »
INDIANS IN SINGAPORE 1819-1945 — Diaspora in the Colonial Port City: Rajesh Rai; Oxford University Press, Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 995.
January 26, 2015

Diasporic change and continuity

Eminently suited to write about the subject, Rajesh Rai, a third generation Indian of Singapore, explains the choice of title in his introduction: in spite of what Blundell said of Singapo... »
INDIA’S DOCTRINE PUZZLE — Limiting War in South Asia: Ali Ahmed; Routledge, 912 Tolstoy House, 15-17, Tolstoy Marg, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 695.
January 26, 2015

From ‘cold start’ to ‘limited war’, many unanswered questions

As the author, a Political Officer with the U.N. after a stint in the Indian Army, concedes, the limitations of this book lie in the fact that it covers mostly the Army’s Doctrine, to the near-exc... »
January 22, 2015

Of Krishna and his adventures

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM (Skandhas X and XI) SRI KRISHNA CHARITAMRTAM (In English) – Author –Dr.A.R.Panduranga Rao, published by Tattwsamshodanasamsat, Sri Palimaru Matha,Udupi. Available at 27, TPKoil... »
NATURE WITHOUT BORDERS: Edited by Mahesh Rangarajan, M.D. Madhusudan, Ghazala Shahabuddin; Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 1/14, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 595.
January 19, 2015

Recognising the interlink between culture and conservation

Nature is apparently quite simple and at the same time equally complex. To understand the way everything works is generally to recognize the interconnectedness of everything and also to realize th... »
BELOVED BAPU — The Gandhi-Mirabehn Correspondence: Edited by Tridip Suhrud, Thomas Weber; Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 1/24, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 950.
January 19, 2015

Gandhi's clinging disciple

Apparently, Beloved Bapu is one more book on the Mahatma, a subject that has attracted researchers and writers since Independence. But the book distinguishes itself by being the first volum... »

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »