Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Backstage by Montek Singh Ahluwalia

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Book Name: Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years Author: Montek Singh Ahluwalia Publisher: Rupa Genre: Non-fiction Rating: 3.7/5 Book Blurb: Tracing the spectacular trajectory of ahluwalia’s life from its humble beginnings in Secunderabad to the corridors of power…

Book Review: The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri

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Book Name: The Fragile Thread of Hope Author: Pankaj Giri Publisher: Fingerprint Genre: Fiction Rating: 5/5 Book Blurb: In the autumn of 2012, destiny wreaks havoc on two unsuspecting people—soham and Fiona. Although his devastating past involving his brother still…

Book Review: Jennifer by Nandita Puri

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Book Name: Jennifer Author: Nandita Puri Publisher: Rupa Genre: Non-fiction Rating: 4.5/5 Book Blurb: Seattle, Washington, 1990. It was a cold February day when eight-year-old Jennifer ‘Pinky’ Francis stepped on the American soil for the first time, little knowing that…

Book Review: Ghosts of the Silent Hills

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Book Name: Ghosts of the Silent Hills Author: Anita Krishan Publisher: Fingerprint Genre: Fiction Rating: 3.8/5 Book Blurb: The dead do not rest till they get what they want. You have arrived in the hills. In here, you are surrounded…

Book Review: Cliffhangers by Sabin Iqbal

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Book Name: Cliffhangers Author: Sabin Iqbal Publisher: Aleph Book Company Genre: Fiction Rating: 4.9/5 Book Blurb: On New Year’s Eve, a tourist is raped in Kadaloor, a tranquil fishing village on the southern coast of the country. The chief suspects…

Book Review: Delhi: A History by Manisha Choudhary

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Book Name: Delhi: A History Author: Manisha Choudhary Publisher: Rupa Genre: Non-fiction/history Rating: 5/5 Book Blurb: Delhi: A History is a historical portrait of a city whose past has reference in mythology and whose present is rooted in modernity. A…

Book Review: A Sweet Deal by Andaleeb Wajid

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Book Name: A Sweet Deal Author: Andaleeb Wajid Publisher: Fingerprint Genre: Romance Rating: 5/5 Book Blurb: Say hi to Rumana. A freshly minted (baked?) chef who decides to trade her powersuit for chef’s whites to live her dream of owning…

Book Review: New Kings of the World by Fatima Bhutto

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Book Name: New Kings of the World Author: Fatima Bhutto Publisher: Aleph Genre: Non-fiction Rating: 3.8/5 Book Blurb: There is a vast cultural movement emerging from the Global South and sweeping all before it. India’s Shah Rukh Khan, after all,…

Book Review: Gunboat Jack by Timeri N. Murari

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Book Name: Gunboat Jack Author: Timeri N. Murari Publisher: Aleph Genre: Fiction Rating: 4/5 Book Blurb: Based on a real-life character, a legendary American boxer who lived in Bangalore in the 1960s and the 1970s, Timeri N. Murari’s novel tells…