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Book review: Kintsugi by Anukrti Upadhyay

The gleam of a repaired heart Kintsugi  is a collection of six short stories, all the characters linked to each other, some tenuously, some strongly. We meet Haruko, a jewellery apprentice of Japanese-Korean extraction in a jeweller`s lane in Jaipur, after which we go over to Tokyo, then Kyoto,  to meet Meena, Yuri and Hajime….

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Book review: The Women who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories by Nisha Susan

Snark Attack In her debut collection of short stories, Nisha Susan oscillates between the savage and the gentle, but never lets go of her trademark sarcasm It`s that expectations thing. It can`t be easy to be Nisha Susan debuting her book of short stories. That’s because Susan, co-founder  of The Ladies Finger and Grist Media,…

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Book review: Left From the Nameless Shop by Adithi Rao

Heart-warming tales of small-town life These are stories suffused with nostalgia for a quieter way of life. Lives intersect in manifold ways in Adithi Rao’s debut book of short stories, lives lived in the fictional small town of Rudrapura in Karnataka. And a leitmotif runs all through the narrative: a sense of nostalgia for a…

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Book review: A Faceless Evening by Gangadhar Gadgil

Of the human condition… Fourteen evocative short stories by the Marathi master. Gangadhar Gadgil carved a niche for himself in Marathi literature decades ago, and is a known name to those who read translations  but alas, not to scores of other readers. Now, Ratna Books and translator Keerti Ramachandra have rectified  that  omission with this…

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Book review: Loyal Stalkers by Chhimi Tenduf-La

    Observing the undertow These stories zoom in on what lurks just beneath; sometimes it`s sweet, sometimes it`s seedy. Chhimi Tenduf-La follows his well-received books, The Amazing Racist and Panther,  with this collection of short stories that strap you into the carousel seat, then takes you  on a rapid-paced ride through the suburbs of…

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Book review: Turtle Dove by Divya Dubey

  Turtle Dove, A collection of Bizarre tales by Divya Dubey, Readomania Publications It is indeed a rare soul who does not pick up a book that promises to explore bizarre matters between its pages. Turtle Dove, Divya Dubey`s slim but interesting offering, takes us on a walk alongside the undertow of life, lets us…

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Book review: A Cat, A Hat and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris

Just finished an old (well, of 2012 vintage) Joanne Harris and it was like finding a stash of one’s favourite candy, carefully kept in some super-secret hiding place and then, completely and totally forgotten. A Cat, A Hat and a Piece of String is a short story collection comprising the usual J Harris bouquet: something…

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Book review: Are We Related? The New Granta Book of the Family

  All in the family Are We Related ? /The New Granta Book of the Family/Edited by Liz Jobey is a 2009 book but I only just came across it. And I’m so glad I did. Two out of three people belong to difficult families and if one of these two happens to be a…

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Book review: This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

This is more a brief take than review.   I had been wanting to get my hands on this book for a while now, especially after hearing Junot Diaz at the Jaipur Lit Festival in 2011. And when I finally picked up This Is How You Lose Her, I was not disappointed. Playing to the theme referred to…

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Book review: Land Where I Flee by Prajwal Parajuly

Reunion rites In his second book, this time a full-fledged novel, acclaimed author Prajwal Parajuly brings to readers the tale of a family reunion with all the pleasant and less than pleasant emotions attendant on such events.   Land Where I Flee is peopled by the dysfunctional family of Chitralekha Nepauney, Aamaa to her not too…

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