Book Reviews

Lieven’s Hard Country

Lieven’s Hard Country

Anatol Lieven’s ‘Pakistan – A Hard Country’ is a hard book. Not least because it is difficult to read or it is about Pakistan, but because it is so detailed that it is mind-spinning. On the other hand, he makes sure that, once you finished the last page, you wouldn’t need to read another book […]

Last Man In Tower

Last Man In Tower

Title: Last Man In Tower; Author: Aravind Adiga; Type: Fiction Adiga does not go for straight humour, nor does he do cynicism. But he mixes both in a strange combination that seems to pop-out out of everywhere. In Last Man In Tower, like White Tiger, he goes for the underbelly of India to explore some […]

David Nicholls and the Sense of Irony

David Nicholls and the Sense of Irony

‘Is One Day the UK’s favourite book of the year?’ screamed one of the magazine headlines last year. It wasn’t exactly Harry Potter but One Day had its day in the sun. Rightfully so, many may wish to add. One Day is David Nicholls’ third book. His first, Starter for Ten is his funniest, and […]

The Girl Who Stole Our Hearts

The Girl Who Stole Our Hearts

Less than hundred pages into the first book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you will realise why the trilogy is a sensation. As you pace through the third, The Girl Who Kicked Hornets’ Nest, at breakneck speed, your amazement only widens and the only thing you regret is Stieg Larsson’s untimely death. Never before […]

The Age of the Warrior

The Age of the Warrior

Robert Fisk is an angry man. I can’t blame him. If you were a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, based in Beirut, for more than 30 years having seen countless wars, insurgencies and injustices, it’s any wonder that you even lived to tell the tale. He had climbed and walked over a mountain of […]

India – A Portrait

India – A Portrait

There was a time when India attracted travelling scholars from all over the known world. Xuansang came from China, studied at Nalanda and wrote about it. Al Beruni came from Arabia studied the scienctific literatures and wrote about them. Then somewhere in between the invaders started ‘travelling’ and scholars excused themselves. After India ‘liberated’ from the socialistic shackles, […]

India Express

I had been frequenting libraries across England for more than three years. I had visited many libraries in London and South West. I may write about the collection and the maintenance of these libraries separately. This piece is about a book India. Reading about Indian history and analysis has been one of my favourite passions. […]

You can’t change even an earthworm

I got the belated news that writer Sujatha passed away on Feb 26th. The shock lasted for a long time and sent a feeling of something being snatched away from me. With deep reflection, I realised that it is a part of my childhood. Because, I grew up on Sujatha. To say that I was […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Reading Harry Potter after a long gap helped a bit. Kind of having a break from the overdose of curses, invisibility cloacks and failed attempts to destroy horcruxes increased the longing. Having ridiculed the Potter-mania before, I’ve unashamedly turned into a fully baptised fan in less than two years and like every other fan, been […]

India Unbound

India Unbound by Gurcharan Das. Gurcharan Das studied at Harvard, started his career at Richardson Vicks and went onto head P&G. Retired recently, he is now a consultant to many companies and also to government. India Unbound is about the economic history of India since 1947. To make certain aspects clear, Das goes a bit […]