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BOOK REVIEW: EARTHEN LAMP JOURNAL/URNABHIH by SUMEDHA V. OJHA

Love in the shadow of intrigue Urnabhih/ by Sumedha V Ojha/A Mauryan Tale of Espionage, Adventure and Seduction Publisher: Roli Books Genre: Fiction Extent: 351 pp Price: Rs 350 Sumedha  Ojha  has set this fast-paced thriller in the Mauryan age, a little after the adventurer turns king and is crowned Chandragupta Maurya. The story gets…

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LITERARY REVIEW: TRANSGRESSIONS by VAIJU NARAVANE

BOOKS » LITERARY REVIEW October 4, 2014 Avalanche of secrets SHEILA KUMAR    Transgressions; Vaiju Naravane, HarperCollins, Rs.350. Adultery, betrayal, loneliness, family friction… all put together with quiet assurance. Journalist and editor Vaiju Naravane’s first book is about the troubled relationships people enter into and exit from in life. Kranti Goray is a proverbial Maharashtrian girl next…

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FEATURE: SUNDAY HERALD/ THE AFTERMATH (OF WRITING A BOOK)

The aftermath   Sheila Kumar, August 25, 2013 Reflections I have to ask. Are you old enough to remember those films in which, just before the end credits rolled, there appeared a sentence outlined in lurid pink or blood red: ‘This is not The End, this is just The Beginning’…?That sentence was so simplistic, viewers…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/ON WRITING A BOOK

A Suitable Profession   The Book Fair put the idea into Mona’s head. India’s Suitable Boy fuelled the flames. Which is how Mona became a state-of-the-art writer. She acquired a permanent ink smudge on her retrousse nose and tucked a gold-embossed pen behind one shell-shaped ear. The day I went to see her, she was…

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LITERARY REVIEW: GRAY WOLVES by JOHN BALIAN

 Against all odds SHEILA KUMAR    A roman á clef about triumphing in troubled times.  Dr. John D Balian’s running-close-to-the-bone story is definitely a fable for our modern times, that perseverance, a refusal to give in to the most adverse circumstances will eventually lead one to one’s destination. Hanna/Jonah Ibelin, born to a poor Armenian…

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FEATURE: DECCAN HERALD/A BILLY BUNTER TRIBUTE

                                          The Search for  Bunter By Sheila Kumar The search began inconspicuously enough. Some years ago, I was at this party in Coonoor and the talk turned to books and further, to the books of…

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