ibnlive » Books » Reviews

Book Reviews

  • 'Narendra Modi, A Political Biography' warms up to Modi but not dazzled by him Yesterday

    Introducing his book 'Narendra Modi, A Political Biography', Andy Marino makes two claims keeping in mind that he is adding to the list of biographies of a man who is regarded both as a villain and a hero. First, he says, this is no hagiography but a work of 'cold...
  • 'The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly' is a story of hope, determination 3 days ago

    Sun-Mi Hwang is writer based in South Korea. She has written over 40 books which cover a variety of genres and themes. She has written books for children as well as adults, and has also won numerous accolades for her prolific writing. "The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly" is...
  • 'Gone With The Vindaloo' makes for a mouth-watering read 3 days ago

    Vikram Nair's debut novel, "Gone With The Vindaloo", is a decadent experience, to say the least. A restaurateur by profession, Nair has brought his flair for food to his literary venture, thereby fusing the two with incredible easy and fluidity. As the book takes us through a gastronomical journey of...
  • 'Fables for All Ages' is a delightful, witty read 3 days ago

    Fables for All Ages contains three major stories written by Abanindranath Tagore. Aban Tagore, as the author is better known, was born to the illustrious Tagore house of Jorasankho. His artistic bent of mind expressed itself very clearly from a very young age. Although better known as the founder of...
  • 'Byculla to Bangkok' is a detailed account of political, social scenarios 3 days ago

    S Hussain Zaidi is a veteran when it comes to crime reporting. An illustrious journalist, he has written for a number of dailies and periodicals such as The Indian Express, The Asian Age, Mid-Day and others. He has covered a number of investigative articles and some very high-profile criminal news...
  • 'Popular: A Memoir' a book everyone love to read 3 days ago

    I don't think I have ever been popular. I don't even know if I ever wanted to be popular in school or at college. It would have been nice to be known by everyone and probably accepted, but then looking back it was not so bad, or maybe it was...
  • Fumio Obata's 'Just So Happens' is a heart-warming 3 days ago

    Home is where the heart is. Home is also sometimes the place that you want to go back to the most and just cannot. There are times you long for it and there are times you cannot stand to be in that place. Relationships perhaps are the crux to home....
  • 'Conversations in the Nude' a must read without prejudice 3 days ago

    It is a strange concept if you hear of it the first time round. I did not find it strange though. To me, it felt just as normal as eating, when I thought of it. It is about being sketched in the nude. That is what this book is about...
  • John Green's 'Paper Towns' is bittersweet, yet unique 3 days ago

    At one point, I thought that John Green could not write what he did when he wrote, "The Fault in Our Stars" or at least when I read it, I felt that way. Till I picked up, "Paper Towns" (which was published way before TFIOS) and gave it a read....
  • John Coates's 'Patience' makes you think, smile and cheer all the way 3 days ago

    Another book on adultery. This time yet again from, "The Novel Cure" Reading Project. This time a book which probably very few people would have heard of, called, "Patience" by John Coates. I could not wait to get my hands on it and when I did, I waited. I tend...
  • 'All the Rage' compiles stories from all walks of life 3 days ago

    I have just started reading AL Kennedy's books and I can say with guarantee that I will not stop at two. The first one I read was, "The Blue Book" which left me speechless and breathless. The second one which I have just finished reading is, "All the Rage" -...
  • 'The First XI' is about junior version of IPL 6 days ago

    Joy Bhattacharjya, the director of Kolkata Knightriders, in his first book writes about a fictional junior version of the IPL targeted at 10+ ages. The book may be titled 'The First XI' but you walk away with four principal characters who seem to have walked straight out of recent mainstream...
  • 'The Syria Dilemma': The only flaw is essays aren't arranged April 9, 2014

    Simply put, there is no good option in Syria. Not only has the time passed for the international community to be able to effect an internal solution to the crisis inside the country, the geopolitical dynamics outside Syria are also changing at a rapid pace. So even if there was...
  • 'The Manager' is more about management than anything else April 7, 2014

    Football is the most loved sport across the world. The fans go absolutely crazy when their favourite teams or players are playing but there is much more to this sport than what it looks like. Football is an industry in itself and a unique one at that because it is...
  • 'Take Me Home' focuses on small town entrepreneurs who made it big April 7, 2014

    With all the big business houses shifting their focus on tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India these days, no one would have thought of the entrepreneurial revolution brewing in these small cities. And when you will read Rashmi Bansal's latest book 'Take Me Home', you would come to...
  • Lucid writing makes Jaspreet Singh's 'Helium' a riveting read April 7, 2014

    The year 1984 brings back a lot of memories to those who have survived through those tumultuous times. Pain, anguish, loss and many unfathomable instances that were the result of human behaviour at its extreme has been written in various forms. Jaspreet Singh's Helium is set up in 1984 and...
  • V Sanjay Kumar's 'Virgin Gingelly' is a well-crafted piece of work March 30, 2014

    A lot of books categorized under the literary fiction genre are not easy reads. In my opinion, they are not meant to be easy reads. A reader has got to be patient and must try and soak in what the author is trying to say through his words. Virgin Gingelly,...
  • Neamat Imam's 'The Black Coat' is an impressive debut March 30, 2014

    Bangladesh has an interesting history and we all know it. Their struggle for freedom is something that that the world had witnessed far and wide. Post independence, Bangladesh had to deal with what every country has to go through. Government is shaping itself up, people are migrating across the border...
  • Tisca Chopra's 'Acting Smart' is a guidebook for aspiring actors March 30, 2014

    I decided to read this book after attending Tisca Chopra's talk session at the World Book Fair - 2014. Tisca who has proved her mettle with her acting and unconventional roles that she has played in various movies and TV serials has now penned down a book, Acting Smart. In...
  • 'Conversations with Waheeda Rehman': You will be left thinking about it March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: So when you read about a legend, you just continue turning the pages. It does not matter. Their life has so much to offer and give insights about every aspect of life, that you cannot stop reading. The same happened to me while I was reading, "Conversations with...
  • 'The Treasure Of Kafur' becomes unputdownable towards the end March 19, 2014

    Last year, I'd read Aroon Raman's The Shadow Throne. I remember finishing it in a single sitting. It was an impressive debut and the book was an instant bestseller, which I feel it truly deserved. I had added his name in my list of to-be-watched-out-for authors and I was very...
  • 'The Diary Of A Reluctant Feminist' is all about crisp writing March 19, 2014

    The review request came in for this book and the title looked intriguing. I mostly read this book while I was commuting to work. Though I didn't like it much with the way it began and the dislike stayed intact till I was halfway through this book. I thought it...
  • 'Be Careful What You Wish For' leaves you craving for Archer's next book March 18, 2014

    After a year long wait and pondering on various permutations and combinations about what will happen to the characters after finishing the third book (Best Kept Secret) in The Clifton Chronicles series, I laid my hands on 'Be Careful What You Wish For' as soon as it got released worldwide....
  • Dystopia in Aimee Carter's 'Pawn' March 13, 2014

    After the Goddess series, the newest novel by Aimee Carter has triggered 'The Blackcoat Rebellion' series. 'Pawn' is the first installment of the new series, which promises to be as engaging as Carter's previous works. A full-time author of young adult fiction, Carter's charm lies in blending fantasy and reality...
  • 'Me and my Plays' is a celebration of contemporary Indian theatre March 13, 2014

    Mahesh Dattani is arguably one of the defining features of contemporary Indian theatre. His plays covered a wide range of socio-political themes, and despite being written in English, have managed to capture the paradigms of modern Indian life. The most recent of his works, published by Penguin, features two of...
  • Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' will stay with you for a long time March 7, 2014

    Some books take their own good time to get into your headspace and once it happens, you just cannot stop yourself from turning their pages and finish reading them. Same thing happened with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt that has earned rave reviews worldwide and had me curious about this...
  • Rana Dasgupta's 'Capital' a brilliant take on 21st Century Delhi March 7, 2014

    Rana Dasgupta's Capital was making waves at the Jaipur Literary Festival this year. I couldn't attend any of his sessions there but the book caught my fantasy. It looked beautiful in a black & golden jacket, shining all the way. Then it was at a famous bookstore in Delhi, where...
  • 'Advantage Love' is all about love and what it does to you March 6, 2014

    Madhuri Banerjee is always ready, with a new book round the corner. This time again it is about what she does and knows best - Romance and yet it is out of the ordinary with all the ordinary elements to it. "Advantage Love" is all about love and its workings...
  • 'Supertraits of Superstars' documents the lives of 11 superstars March 5, 2014

    I have always wondered what makes Super Stars who they are. Do they possess skills that regular people do not? Do they have that unique touch right since birth or does it take a lot for them to acquire and build on those skills, both in the professional and personal...
  • 'Losing My Religion' is a read that does not disappoint at all February 24, 2014

    There are few books that take you by surprise sometimes. You do not think of them to wow you or for that matter to hold your interest for long. I thought that perhaps Losing My Religion would fall in that category. I was mistaken. I could not put the book...

Book Extracts

Book excerpt: 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase'

Parul Sharma, the author of 'Tuki's Grand Salon Chase', grew up in the small towns of Uttar Pradesh. This was fortunate because it ensured that she ran into some rather quirky characters pretty early on in life.