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The Algebra Of Infinite Justice
For a few years now, I have heard everyone - from sections of media to people in my social stream call Arundhati Roy everything from a Naxalite lover ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Oath of the Vayuputras (Shiva Trilogy, #3)
"Lord Ram, have mercy!" on those who attempt to read the third installment. It was never the literary genius of the author that made me continue readi ...more
May 06, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
I consider myself more well-versed with the Mahabharata than the average person, because of my interest in Hindu mythology and the amount of reading I ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Sita An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana
When I reached page 250 (almost 5/6th of the book!) - at which point Sita is freed - I finally allowed myself the comparison that had been
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
The Palace of Illusions
Like I've said before, what does it say of a story when countless people, centuries later, can continue to render it in their unique way? It's comfort ...more
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
Marathon Baba
Girish Kohli hasn't passed out of the IITs or IIMs, does not have a day job and cannot be found on Facebook or Twitter. He is also the author of the o ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in small town India
If one were to go by the title, Pankaj Mishra is hardly the person who can be trusted to write about the "national bird of khalistan", after all he's ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Illicit Happiness of Other People
I had liked Manu Joseph's "Serious Men" because of many reasons - for the way he'd sketched out even the most 'insignificant' of characters, for the b ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
The Glass Palace
Where do I begin? Let's start with stating the simple - I loved this book. I haven't read such a poignantly moving book in quite a while!
With that out
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
Once, during a trip to Delhi, seeing the way history seemed to come 'alive' in the old city at various corners, I asked my friend whether anyone had t ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
You Are Here
I picked it up because it was written by a fellow Indian blogger. And yes, I prefer Indian fiction. But I'm guessing I am not exactly the target audie ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
Evening Is the Whole Day
Preeta Samarasan's debut novel begins with the kind of prose that actually seems like poetry in disguise - with a description of a part of Malaysian g ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River
I am showing signs of travelogue addiction, and this is the kind of book that creates it! It's not just the content of the book, which is marvelous an ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished
Asura is partly a Ravana perspective on where his life intersects with that of Rama, (and thus Ramayana) and partly a social commentary of his life an ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
The Age of Kali: Indian Travels & Encounters
I love doing this - reading a commentary long after the age has passed. It's more than a decade and a half since the book was published and I've read ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
The Story of Philosophy
"Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom", states Will Durant in the introduction to this book that chronicles the lives an ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Sep 28, 2014
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel Of Fevers, Delirium And Discovery
"The Glass Palace" is one of my all time favourites, and I find it difficult to believe that it was written by the same author. That is by no means a ...more
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
From 1583 to 1978 the saga moves, tracking the lives of individuals, their families, the society they live in, and most importantly the place where al ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Storyteller of Marrakesh
The book begins with the proposition that there is no truth, and only opinion. This is a fundamental premise of the book and important from the perspe ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
The March of the Aryans
I feel a little conflicted about this book - on one side, it is wonderful to read a perspective on the dawn of civilisation and the kind of denizens o ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
No God In Sight
Somewhere in between a relay race and 'six degrees of separation' lies the narrative style of this excellent novel. And just like the city it showcase ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
From the Corner of His Eye
That Dean Koontz is an amazing writer of supernatural stories is a known fact. What makes this book special is the mix of several themes that work in ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Complete Stories, Vol 1
Forget science fiction, if you are the kind who is affected by story telling and the imagination involved therein, this is a must-read. It's amazing t ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Girl From Nongrim Hills
I must admit a little bias before I write more. For one, it is set in Shillong, which despite a visit that didn't deliver what it was supposed to, ret ...more
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 20, 2014
Kamadeva: The God of Desire
"You try my patience severely, sage", said Shambara to Narada, and managed to express my feelings entirely. These (feelings) were not just restricted ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
Raiders from the North (Empire of the Moghul, #1)
The first of the 'Empire of the Moghul' series, which begins in 1494 when the 12 year old Babur is suddenly forced to become king of Ferghana, on the ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
..and finally after over two years of it sitting on my bookshelf, I finally forced myself to read it. I have to say that the short description provide ...more
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Jul 25, 2011
To a Mountain in Tibet
Mount Kailas has been circling my mind space for a long while now, thanks to it being at an intersection of two of my favourite themes - Hindu mytholo ...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
Gone Girl
I probably wouldn't have picked up the book if everyone and their everyone else had not raved so much about the movie. I am glad I did. (I need to add ...more
Feb 2015
Jan 26, 2015
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
After finishing the book, I was surprised that it was only 339 pages, there is so much in it, and unsurprisingly so. The author mentions in the prolog ...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
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