Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Shikari by Yashwant Chittal

Book Name: Shikari Author: Yashwant Chittal Publisher: Penguin Random House India Rating: 5/5 Book Blurb: Shikari opens a window to a fiercely competitive corporate world where it is often difficult to distinguish between the hunter and the hunted. As the story…

Book Review: The Master Key by Shruti Johri

Book Name: The Master Key Author: Shruti Johri Publisher: Rupa Rating: 3.5/5 Book Blurb: She uncovers incredible and amusing stories from luxury hotels in India. She captures extraordinary episodes of infidelity, bigotry and brings to light the absurdity of travellers. She…

Book Review: The Bengalis by Sudeep Chakravarti

Book Name: The Bengalis: A Portrait Of A Community Author: Sudeep Chakravarti Publisher: Aleph Rating: 4.5/5 Book Blurb: The Bengalis are the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world, after the Han Chinese and the Arabs. A quarter of a billion…

Book Review: Life Among The Scorpions by Jaya Jaitley

Book Name: Life Among The Scorpions Author: Jaya Jaitley Publisher: Rupa Rating: 4.5/5 Book Blurb: An Indian politician looks back at her journey and recounts how the going got tougher with her every success, perhaps because she was a woman. Life…

Book Review: Devi by John Stratton Hawley and Donna Marie Wulff

Book Name: Devi The Goddesses Of India Editors: John Stratton Hawley and Donna Marie Wulff Publisher: Aleph Rating: 5/5 Book Blurb: The monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have severely limited the portrayal of the divine as feminine. But in Hinduism ‘God’…

The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told by Muhammad Umar Menon

Book Name: The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told Selected and Translated by Muhammad Umar Menon Publisher: Aleph Rating: 4.9/5 Book Blurb: Selected and translated by writer, editor and translator par excellence Muhammad Umar Memon, the twenty-five stories in this book represent the…

Book Review: Murder In Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav

Book Name: Murder In Paharganj Author: Kulpreet Yadav Genre: Fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Rating: 2.5/5 Book Blurb: On a cold December morning, a white woman is found murdered in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi. Vicks Menon, an out-of-work journalist, is tipped…

Book Review: I am HIV Positive, So What? by Jayanta Kalita

Book Name: I am HIV Positive, So What? Author: Jayanta Kalita Publisher: Bloomsbury Rating: 5/5 Book Blurb: Until December 15, 2007, Khundrakpam Pradipkumar Singh was nobody. The very next day he was known across his state as ‘Mr Manipur’. Pradip’s incredible story…

Book Review: No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

Book Name: No Mud, No Lotus Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Publisher: Aleph Rating: 5/5 Book Blurb: In this extraordinary book, one of the world’s most renowned Zen Buddhist masters teaches us how to find happiness by getting past suffering. He…