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Book Review: Song of the Dervish by Meher Murshed

Book Review: Song of the Dervish Author: Meher Murshed Publisher: Bloomsbury Rating: 3.5/5 Book Blurb: Thirteenth century Hindustan: Sultans ruled Delhi. Seduced by gold, they eyed rich neighbouring kingdoms. They marched from one land to another, plundering and preying on…

Behold, I Shine (Book Excerpt) by Freny Manecksha

Freny Manecksha is an independent journalist, published in Himal Southasian and The Times of India: Crest Edition, among other publications, who has reported extensively from Kashmir, covering human rights and development issues. She has also worked with The Times of…

Book Review: The Indian Spy by Mihir Bose

Book Review: The Indian Spy Author: Mihir Bose Publisher: Aleph Book Blurb: Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from the Northwest Frontier Province of British India, was the only quintuple spy of World War II, spying for Britain, Italy, Germany,…

Book Review: Behold, I Shine by Freny Manecksha

Book Name: Behold, I Shine Author’s Name: Freny Manecksha Rating: 5/5 Publisher: Rupa Book Blurb: Set in the once-fabled land of Kashmir, Behold, I Shine moves beyond male voices and focuses, instead, on what the struggle means for the Valley’s…

Book Review: Don’t Look Down by Karishma Attari

Book Name: Don’t Look Down Author’s Name: Karishma Attari Rating: 4/5 Publisher: Penguin Book Blurb: What if the one to betray you was you? Alia may be turning eighteen, but (epic birthday parties aside) age is just a number to…

‘Why Not Home?’ by Pallabi Roy

In the cozy nest that you build often, lying beneath you, my cerebral cortex wanders, waits for the game to be over. That one question plays hide–and–seek through my giving in. Am I of so little worth? Amid the glory…

Book Review: Dvarca by Madhav Mathur

Book Name: Dvarca Author’s Name:Madhav Mathur Rating: 3.5/5 Publisher: Fingerprint Book Blurb:  One Nation, One Religion, One Way of Life Welcome to a land called Dvarca. At the turn of the 22nd century, the world is a mess of warring…

Book Review: The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav

Book Name: The Jeera Packer Author’s Name: Prashant Yadav Rating: 3/5 Publisher: Fingerprint Book Blurb: I once changed the history of this Uttar Pradesh with a gun and a finger. One shot, one man. Right man, wrong man. But that was…

Book Review: Jaffna Street by Mir Khalid

Book Name: Jaffna Street Author’s Name: Mir Khalid Rating: 5/5 Publisher: Rupa Book Blurb: In 1989, an adolescent schoolboy from downtown Srinagar watched as his elders extricated themselves from university campuses, high-school grounds, handloom machines and farms to bear arms and…