Category: Book Review

Christopher Clarey book: Federer, the Master, a reading experience

By John Cheeran How did Roger become Federer? This is the central question that New York Times’s sportswriter Christopher Clarey explores in his outstanding book, The Master, the Brilliant Career of Roger Federer (Published by Hachette India, Pages 421, Price Rs 799). This is a must-read for sports lovers and, also, for those who want

Movie Review: Halal Love Story is fun, dangerously so

By John Cheeran If only religion could resolve men’s troubles. Now here is a film about a film that is in the making exclusively for a religious community—meeting all the safety standards of the sensitive community, unspoilt by the intrusion of other men, women or any other creatures. Totally halal. Oru Halal Love Story has

Book Review | Muslims need to urgently evolve a new ideology of peace, pluralism and gender justice, says Hasan Suroor in Who Killed Liberal Islam

By John Cheeran Nobody killed liberal Islam, because it wasn’t there in the first place. In a timely, provocative and well-argued book, Who Killed Liberal Islam (Published by Rupa, Rs 595), senior journalist Hasan Suroor reaffirms that Islam does not offer space for liberalism. Suroor says that a liberal Indian Muslim is, indeed, a rarity,

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