Category Archives: Books

Great Bong Comes to Town

Arnab Ray, May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss!, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-81-7223-937-4, Rs 199. Yes! Arnab Ray, known to his many fans all over the world as the Great Bong, Bollywood junkie, cornucopia of trivia, Dadaist and blogger extraordinaire, owner of … Continue reading

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Suad Amiry in Kolkata

I should write a few lines about my interaction with Suad Amiry, and what it taught me about Palestine and India. Suad was here at the end of last month on the final leg of her India tour, supported by … Continue reading

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Generation 14

Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Generation 14, Zubaan Penguin, Rs 295, paperback, ISBN 81-89884-06-9 I’ve been meaning to review this book for a while, not least because it claims (with justice) to be the first full-fledged sci fi novel published in India … Continue reading

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If It Is Sweet

Mridula Koshy, If It Is Sweet, Tranquebar, Rs 295, paperback ISBN 978-93-80032-12-2 Reviews have been few and far between recently, because of work and health problems, but I absolutely had to review this book before Mridula Koshy visits Calcutta on … Continue reading

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Impossible is Nothing

James A. Coghlan, The Impossible Journey: A Novella, Roman Books, paperback, ISBN 978-81-906788-1-0, Rs 199/- This little book chronicles the journey of James Coghlan’s great uncle, John Coghlan, from Rawalpindi to London (on Avon Tyres) on the eve of World … Continue reading

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Black Tongue

Anjana Basu, Black Tongue, India Ink 2007, paperback, ISBN 81-86939-32-6, Rs 295 Continuing the theme of service and servants, here is Black Tongue by Anjana Basu, a quietly savage book that weaves a tale of betrayal and deception around Maya, … Continue reading

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Driving Us Crazy

Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger, Harper Collins India, hardback, ISBN 978-81-7223-745-5, Rs 395 On Monday, I was driving home from karate at about 9pm. The Jadavpur Thana crossing was jammed as usual, and I was waiting for the lights to … Continue reading

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