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David B

We had a fabulous chat with David B on Tuesday, with fit audience though few including many of the Drighanchoo team. David B is his pen name: he was born Pierre-Francois Beauchard, but in a series of significant steps changed … 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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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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Namdeo Dhasal

Namdeo Dhasal, Poet of the Underworld, trans. Dilip Chitre, Navayana, hardback, ISBN 81-89059-10-6, Rs 350 Namdeo Dhasal is better known as a political activist, the founder of the Dalit Panthers in 1972. In the same year he published his first … Continue reading

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Derangements

Rajorshi Chakraborti, Derangements, Harper Collins, Rs 295, ISBN 978-81-7223-765-3 So onward and upward with the reviews. Rajorshi (one hesitates to call him Raj for reasons that will become apparent) visited Calcutta a week before I left for Edinburgh, where (as … Continue reading

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