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Book review: A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Barack Obama`s A PROMISED LAND is a terrific read, all 700 pages of the text, with some terrific photographs tucked away at the end of the tome. The point is, the 44th President of the United States is one heck of a writer. Written in a very reader-friendly style, the prose practically soaring when he…

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Book review: Austenistan, edited by Laleen Sukhera

    Jane in Jimmy Choos An independent writer, manuscript editor and author, the writer is based in Bengaluru.   So here`s a peek at the gentler sex of a neighbouring country. This lot is anything but cowed down, abaya-clad, meek or demure. This lot wears Western couture with elan, are generally shod in Roger Vivier…

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Book review: The Exile by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

This is more a brief take than review. Who was OBL? Savant? Monster? Sage? The horcrux of all evil? A person with illusions of grandeur trapped in the gaze of his mirror?   Or maybe a man who set something in motion and watched as it took a shape of its own and rapidly mutated…

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Book review: The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam

The master story-teller is back, weaving the usual magic with his words, writing a familiar yet brand-new tale of love in the times of bigotry and xenophobia.“ I wake up every day approaching life’s problems through fiction,“ says Nadeem Aslam.  Which explains the prose that soars even as it touches upon, examines, parses all the conflict life…

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Book review: The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer

The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer (Random House India). The book has a jacket that instantly compels you to pick it up, to take a closer look at the sepia-tinged picture of some kind of debris on a tarred road. But you have read the back cover and you know that the…

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