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Book review: Onam in a Nightie by Anjana Menon

A Malayali in lockdown  Anjana Menon`s lockdown anecdotes make for a diverting read for Keralites and non-Keralites alike. The author,  a media professional, just happens to be in the right place at the right time: Thrissur during a Covid lockdown. To begin with, she isn’t exactly thrilled about lockdown rules, the isolation, the attendant boredom….

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Book review: Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh by Shrayana Bhattacharya

Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh by Shrayana Bhattacharya. HarperCollins Books. Whoever would have thought SRK would make an excellent — and effective — research vehicle to track the freedoms of women in middle class India? Shrayana Bhattacharya has pulled that experiment off wonderfully in this book. Putting the lives of six women with their stifling emotional…

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Opinion: Is Age Just a Number? Well, Yes and No.

Is age just a number? Well, yes and no There`s age-shaming of women on Big Boss, there`s age-shaming in the workplace, there`s age- shaming on the runway, there`s age- shaming on the streets. And given that a report by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation titled `Elderly in India 2021` has put the ageing…

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Book review: Yesterday`s Train to Nowhere by Krishna Rau

Yesterday`s Train to Nowhere by Krishna Rau, Inkfeathers Books. The memoirs of this army doctor, a compilation of his adventures — for adventures they all are — while posted in one-dog towns of the northeast, makes for a most enjoyable read. Infused with just the right amount of droll wit and sarcasm, the locales as…

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Book review: The Blue Book by Amitava Kumar

Looking within, looking without Amitava Kumar`s writings are usually ruminative, thought-provoking. This one, The Blue Book,  is both, as also something of  an indulgence. It is a non-linear collection of his thoughts, interspersed with some striking colour sketches drawn by the author. The result is an introspective look at the writer`s convictions, motivations, inspirations. Journaling…

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Book review: The Braided River by Samrat Choudhury

THE BRAIDED RIVER by Samrat Choudhury. HarperCollins Books, 2021. The Brahmaputra, says Samrat Choudhury, is not a canal. It does not flow between two neat banks. Its untidy braids, channels of history and commerce, witness to the ebb and flow of empires, are verily the architects of the surrounding landscape of nature and of humans….

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Book review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES by Hiro Arikawa. Penguin Books. For someone who doesn`t have a cat at home — or outside — I have an inordinate interest in them, fascinated by their self-containment, their attitude and their activities. So of course I had to pick up the 2017 bestseller that, just as the title says,…

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Book review: Why Don`t You Write Something I Might Read by Suresh Menon

Why Don`t You Write Something I Might Read? By Suresh Menon. Westland Context. There are two important reasons you should get this book asap and settle in for a jolly good read. One, it`s a Westland book, so, show them some book-love. Two, Suresh Menon is a gifted writer, as those of us who have…

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Book review: Names of the Women by Jeet Thayil

Names of the Women by Jeet Thayil, Jonathan Cape, Penguin Random House UK. Thayil`s book is an interesting round-up of the forgotten women who formed the cohort that marched up the Mount of Calvary with the Christ and later,  sat on vigil under the Cross he was nailed to, long after his disciples had fled…

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Book review: The Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy by Kafeel Khan

Lessons From a Crisis Consider this: the disbursement of funds under any budget follows a sequence. In Uttar Pradesh,  it was as follows. The Finance Minister allotted the budget to the Medical Education department. The Principal Secretary of Medical Education sent it to the Director General of Medical Education. It was then sent to the…

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