Book Reviews

In the line of fire – Briefly

In his recently launched book and in a televised interview, Pakistan President Musharraf has confessed that he was threatened into coopearating with US on their War on Terror. It was learned that immediately after 9/11, -barely a couple of days after that- Richard Armitage called the Pakistani premier and told him to either be with […]

Da Vinci Code

I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code. Then I went back to read what Roger Ebert had written about it. He says, ‘I should read a potboiler like The Da Vinci Code every once in a while, just to remind myself that life is too short to read books like The Da Vinci Code’.

Kaavya

Ever since Kaavya burst into the literary scene and unceremoniously ushered out, a few of my friends have been talking to me about it. As usual, those who missed it, here’s the backdrop. Kaavya Viswanathan, 18, a Harvard sophomore, wrote a book called ‘How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life’. A […]

Anguished English

I’m currently reading ‘Lost for Words’ by John Humphrys. Humphrys’ a BBC correspondent who is quite anguished with the way English is being mangled and manipulated. In this book, thankfully, he doesn’t come across as a frustrated pedant but a lover of the language expressing his genuine concern. While reading it, I couldn’t help recall […]