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Brief Takes: My Father`s Garden by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

And once in a rarish while, along comes a book, the contents of which are seamlessly compatible with its jacket pic. Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar`s MY FATHER`S GARDEN (Speaking Tiger Books) is one such book. The reader`s eye is caught and held first by the sumptuous illustration on the cover. And once they start to read…

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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/EATING WASPS by ANITA NAIR

Heartbreak Hotel Sheila Kumar, Jan 06 2019 All the goings-on in Anita Nair`s new book Eating Wasps is situated in a riverside resort in Kerala, and the reader will find the state arches over the story with its topography in all shades of green, its pazham poris/idiyappams/ela adas, its people with and without pathras, the…

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Brief Takes: Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup

Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup (HarperCollins)  What an assured debut! Shubhangi Swarup`s Latitudes of Longing (HarperCollins) is in one short succinct word, astonishing. Writing like a geologist with a magic pen, Swarup spins a story that at its core, is a love story to the mountains, to the sea, to the earth and the…

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BOOK REVIEW: SUNDAY HERALD/GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by SHOBHA RAO

  The enduring flame Sheila Kumar/4 Aug 2018 Shobha Rao’s debut novel Girls Burn Brighter is poignant, powerful, a   moving read. Reminiscent of the Elena Ferrante books, this book too delineates a deep, enduring bond between two women. As the protagonists move from village to city and finally across oceans, so does the story. The…

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LITERARY REVIEW/THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by PADMA VISWANATHAN

        BOOKS » LITERARY REVIEW March 25, 2016                               Pain, at a remove SHEILA KUMAR A psychologist attempts to tackle the pain of loss through chronicling others` cope strategies In Canada, almost two decades after the bombing of Air India…

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LITERARY REVIEW: THE SNOW CHILD

 LITERARY REVIEW December 2, 2012 Joy, despair, and a moral SHEILA KUMAR A modern retelling of an old fairy tale is also a compelling  account of frontier life. SHEILA KUMAR The original version of this charming tale, by Eowyn Ivey,  is titled Snegurochka and is in  Russian. It is about an old couple  who are visited by…

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