Category: Book Review

Book Review: 281 And Beyond: VVS Laxman’s autobiography

By John Cheeran It is easy for a cricketer to hit a hundred than writing a book. Batting is an expression of his art in his own language while writing is explaining the world around him in another, if not alien, language. And when it comes to writing about his own life, that becomes all

Kids, Writing Is Fun. Learn How!

By A Staff Writer You can write with a pencil, a stick or a pen, You can cross it all out and write it again. You can write about good or funny or bad, You can write when you’re happy or puzzled or sad. You can write in a bus or a train or a

Swerving To Solitude: Keki Daruwalla’s take on Emergency, Communism

By A Staff Writer Seema, married to a Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, voices her dissent during the Emergency, which leads (inevitably) to marital discord and, less predictably, to a new reckoning of her mother’s private history – mama’s feelings for MN Roy, a major leader of the Communist movement in British India

What’s inside House of Trump, House of Putin?

By A Staff Writer In House of Trump, House of Putin (Published by Penguin, ) Craig Unger, New York Times best-selling author, offers the first comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship among Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Mafia that ultimately helped win Trump the White House. It is a chilling story that begins in

Love, Take Two offers a Bollywood script

By A Staff Writer She’s tall, beautiful and one of Bollywood’s leading ladies. He’s goofy, l oves to wear outlandish clothes and is constantly in trouble with reporters. When Vicky Behl and Kritika Vadukut meet on the sets of the period drama Ranjha Ranjha, everyone agrees they have serious chemistry–and not just on screen. But after

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

By A Staff Writer Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan (Hardback | Rs 599, 304 pp) is the fascinating biography of the most powerful Mughal woman in history. When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could match. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble

21 Lessons For The 21st Century

By A Staff Writer How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Published by Penguin Random House, Pages 370, Price Rs

Listen to this Sea Prayer

By A Staff Writer Sea Prayer (Published by Bloomsbury, Price Rs 499) is a heart-wrenching story from the international bestselling author of The Kite Runner. It is being released on August 30. Khaled Hosseini was impelled to write Sea Prayer by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed

 Power of empathy in life and business

By A Staff Writer In Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business (Published by Penguin) Gaurav Sinha, an anthropologist and activist, offers new perspectives on living sustainable and equitable lives. This book sits at the of life philosophy and business strategy, disrupting conventional definitions of success and presents a case that

Why you should read Bengali pulp fiction

By A Staff Writer Disappearing corpses. Scientists who are spies. Maniacal murderers. Brooding, remorseless detectives. Love triangles and murders. A robot that falls in love. Secrets of the dead and the departed. Sex, romance and betrayal. All these and more are to be found in these eight novellas and stories featuring spies, criminals, ghosts, black-magic