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Book review: The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer

Aatish Taseer is at it again. Rooting in the past, referencing our shared history,  seeking answers to painful questions of love, loss, alienation. In The Way Things Were, (Pan Macmillan) we meet Skanda, Sanskrit student, son of a Sanskrit scholar, collector of cognates, conveyor of his father`s dead body to its final resting place by the…

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Book review: The Last Wave by Pankaj Sekhsaria

The Last Wave: An Island Novel by Pankaj Sekhsaria (HarperCollins Books). This book meticulously lists the many woes that assail the Andaman Islands, and sadly enough, the list is a long one. Harish Kumar comes to the Andaman Islands to … well, it’s not clear what his purpose is. What he sees, who he meets…

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Book review: The Gypsy Goddess by Meena Kandasamy

A carnage recalled Reading about the worst  Dalit massacre in TN back in 1968, the reader recognises with a shock that neither people nor times change much. Poet-activist Meena Kandasamy’s first novel, The Gypsy Goddess, is a rambunctious read. Now, this is an odd way to talk of a book that is a retelling of…

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Book review: The Hundred Names of Darkness by Nilanjana Roy

Survival strategies The Hundred Names of Darkness, writer Nilanjana Roy’s second book in the cat series, makes a pitch for animals and humans to live peacefully together. Any sequel to a critically acclaimed novel comes with its own baggage, but Nilanjana Roy manages to manoeuvre her way through the inevitable obstacle path of expectations, to…

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Book review: Adrift by V Sudarshan

Survival saga A taut account of five men and a woman lost at sea. This slim volume that tells a taut tale; the true story of six people in a dinghy, drifting on the high seas with just their wits to keep them alive. In actual fact, it was just the equanimity of one individual…

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Book review: Three Ghost Story Books

 Creepy tales A triad of mysteries, two of them with other-worldly beings, makes for a rewarding read.  Jessica Faleiro’s Afterlife, is a collection of stories featuring Goan ghosts in Goan locales. The Fonseca clan gathers to celebrate Savio’s 75th birthday and, for some reason not really explained, one by one, they begin to tell of…

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Book review: Lessons in Forgetting by Anita Nair

 Emotions at centrestage This is Nair’s fourth book and there is no doubt about one thing: she gets better with each one. Lessons… is a reflective, coming-to-terms sort of novel, in which the main protagonists — a former society wife who can wield a mean skillet and a professor of cyclone studies — keep doing…

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Book review: The Gold Of Their Regrets by Ravi Shankar Etteth

A crackling good yarn Subhas Chandra Bose in a guest role, Nazi gold, a sprinkling of  murders make for a great thriller. First, the good news. This is a crackling good yarn, a murder  mystery that moves at a rapid pace, is peopled with ingenious characters and at its centre, holds a story that in…

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Travel Books: Go Places, Sitting at Home

It’s in the books! Armchair travel takes on a special charm with the right books. EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH TRAVEL BOOKS! Sitting in the cosy confines of your favourite easy chair and going places, seeing sights, meeting all sorts of people, all without having to don camping gear, resort to insect repellents or learn a…

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