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Book review: Handle with Care by Shreya Sen-Handley

Travels with the kids So, here comes a book that is something of a departure from others of its genre found on bookshelves today. This is a straight-up travelogue, one that falls back on tried and trusted tropes of travel writing: have an interesting place to go to. Tell of that visit in an interesting…

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Book review: 84, Charing Cross by Helene Hanff

84, Charing Cross by Helene Hanff. Virago Modern Classics Books. This reproduction of a most delightful correspondence between American  writer Helene Hanff who has a pronounced predilection for ye olde English books, and the seemingly stiff and starchy `FPD` Frank P Deol,  over at the antiquarian bookshop Marks and Co at 84, Charing Cross, London,…

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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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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 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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Book review: Fifth Avenue, 5 am by Sam Wasson

FIFTH AVENUE, 5 AM by Sam Wasson, (Harper Perennial Books) is a delightful peek at everything that went into the making of the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany`s, into the making of its director Blake Edwards as also its much acclaimed  heroine Audrey Hepburn, Henry Mancini who provided the score, and last but certainly not the…

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Book review: Lahore by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

When Loar went up in flames In this book, the first of Sodhi Someshwar`s ambitious Partition trilogy, intense focus is trained on the city that buzzed with commerce, industry, life  and living. In the run-up to Partition, Lahore had a large presence of Sikhs, a sizeable population of Hindus, and a Muslim majority who went…

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Book review: The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd

`The most appalling quality of water is its strength. I love its flash and gleam, its music, its pliancy and grace, its slap against my body; but I fear its strength…the mysteries in its movement…(the way) it slips out of holes in the earth like the ancient snake.`   To read THE LIVING MOUNTAIN (Canongate…

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Book review: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

This girl`s life The Man International Booker-winner for 2020 puts grief under the microscope It is an unescapable fact that some books draw you into the story gently while others take hold of you and plunge you into its pages in one deep dunk. The Discomfort of Evening, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld`s coming-of-age story of a…

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