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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
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
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
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
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
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 and 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
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
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
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
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...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 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
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
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
The Last War
Sandipan Deb's rendition of the Mahabharata in Mumbai. This is obviously not the first rendition of the Mahabharata in contemporary events - Tharoor's...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
Cough Syrup Surrealism
I'm not sure I really 'got' this book. The obvious story line is not really complex - Charlie, a Mallu boy in Chennai, whose dad expects him to become...more
Aug 05, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The author's second book and also the second book of his that I am reading - that would be nothing out of the ordinary except that I read the third bo...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Bhima Lone Warrior
Every time I read a well written version of the Mahabharata, I respect the original epic even more. How many works can lay claim to so many renditions...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 17, 2014
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
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 Full Stops in India
A book published in 1991, and so the best part about it is that it involves a fair amount of time travel. It's a collection of 10 essays with an intro...more
May 29, 2012
May 19, 2012
The Kite Runner
My perspectives are a bit skewed because I have read the author's works in reverse chronology. I think that probably explains why I found this a littl...more
Mar 03, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
The Time Traveler's Wife
It is easy to treat this book as a simple love story, with the added twist of time travel, but it goes much beyond that, and in that lies the magic. T...more
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Jul 25, 2011
Frankly Spooking
I must first confess a little bias - I have known the author virtually for around a decade now, as Phatichar, his blogger handle.
He has tried at leas...more
Mar 17, 2014
Oct 07, 2013
..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
The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles #2)
The second part of The Clifton Chronicles. Harry's plan to erase his past and start a different life in America has unfortunate side effects, as the l...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
Deaf Heaven
I'm quite a fan of Pinki Virani's earlier work - Once was Bombay, so there might be a bit of a bias here. :)

'Deaf heaven' is billed as her first work...more
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Jul 27, 2011
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