Category: Melange

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

Kali’s Retribution, sequel to first installment of The Kalki Chronicles

Editor | Fiction Kali’s Retribution is a sequel to the intriguing first installment of The Kalki Chronicles series, The Sage’s Secret, a contemporary mythological take on the arrival of Lord Vishnu’s last avatar on Earth. The plot is intriguing, complete with a showdown between the avatar and the evil arch nemesis which sets the basis

Bloomsbury to release Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices on July 18

Editor | Non-Fiction Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Yet their memory of India’s partition has been shrouded in silence. Kavita Puri’s father was twelve when he found himself one of the millions of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims caught up

How The Sea Became Salty, Sudha Murty reveals the secret

Editor | Children’s Books How the Sea Became Salty is the first in the series of chapter books by bestselling author Sudha Murty. The book, narrated simply and endearingly, has gorgeous full colours illustrations making it perfect for introducing young readers to the timeless stories by Mrs Murty. A long, long time ago, seawater was

Room in Our Hearts, eclectic mixture of short stories from Kashmir

Editor | Fiction These are the tales of our times, of ordinary people, their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears, their beliefs and doubts, and their desire to get along in life despite multiple challenges. Of people who have been uprooted from their homes and are trying to find their moorings again, of the

What is the ‘Truth About India And Pakistan’ ?

By A Correspondent New Delhi: Penguin Random House India has announced the acquisition of a one-of-a-kind, sociocultural and political narrative on India and Pakistan. Titled The Truth About Neighbours, this book has been co-authored by award-winning author, historian and journalist Hindol Sengupta and Huma Ijaz Zaman, one of Pakistan’s most high-profile corporate, gender rights and

Perveen Mistry returns in The Satapur Moonstone

Editor | Fiction Here is the hotly anticipated follow-up to the highly acclaimed A Murder on Malabar Hill. India, 1922. A curse seems to have fallen upon the royal family of Satapur, a princely kingdom tucked away in the lush Sahyadari mountains, where both the maharaja and his teenage son have met with untimely deaths.

Essential Reads | Journeys – A Poet’s Diary | A.K. Ramanujan

Editor | Poetry A.K. Ramanujan (1929–1993) is well known as one of the finest poets, translators, folklorists, essayists and scholars of the twentieth century. His translations of ancient Tamil and medieval Kannada poetry, as well as of U.R. Anantha Murthy’s novel Samskara, are considered classics in Indian literature. A pioneering poet, he had produced during

Essential Books | Reforming India: The Nation Today

Editor | Non-Fiction A remarkable collection of essays on the state of India today by experts from across the country, Niraja Gopal Jayal’s Re-forming India is an incredibly important book for the pre-election period as it takes a hard and overarching look at various facets of the present administration. India’s social and political landscape has, in recent