Book Review

  • 'Heart, Mind and Wallet' review: It curates the best of successful Indian ad campaigns 21-04-2014 10:50 AM

    Did you know that pillows too come with an expiry date? You might know about it, but I must confess that I was completely ignorant of it until I read Ankur Astha's 'Heart, Mind and Wallet.' This is one of the many interesting case studies referred to in the book,...
  • 'The First XI' is about junior version of IPL 14-04-2014 11:52 PM

    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 09-04-2014 09:43 AM

    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...
  • 'Conversations with Waheeda Rehman': You will be left thinking about it 28-03-2014 12:31 AM

    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 Making of Don' is a book to be savored 03-02-2014 09:59 AM

    How many times it has ever happened with you that you've loved a movie watched it over and over again and have tried to know how and under what circumstances it was made? Even at times you may have wanted to know more about your favorite film, finding consolidated information...
  • Elizabeth Gilbert's latest book is rich in every aspect 03-02-2014 09:55 AM

    To begin with, I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love by Gilbert and haven't watched the movie as well. I know I am one of the very few people who haven't done it but that is how it is. The sole reason behind picking this book up was its blurb as...
  • There is a lot to learn from Hadfield's journey to become an astronaut 03-02-2014 09:47 AM

    If you are on twitter and don't know who Chris Hadfield is, then you are doing twitter wrong. He took the social networking site by storm when he started tweeting breath-taking pictures from the space through his personal account @Cmdr_Hadfield . He is one of the most seasoned and accomplished...
  • 'Tales Of Fosterganj' yet again proves why we love Ruskin Bond 29-01-2014 11:45 PM

    The reading stint for the year 2014 began with this book by one of the India's most loved authors. He is the most effortless storyteller I have ever come across. You have an instant connect with whatever he writes and I personally believe that he is one of the very...
  • Love and remembrance in Suniti Namjoshi’s Suki 21-01-2014 05:35 PM

    Suniti Namjoshi is an acclaimed writer with over 30 titles to her credit, and she weaves the magic yet again with her new novel, Suki. Published by Zubaan, in collaboration with Viking, an initiative of the Penguin Group, the novel explores the beautiful relationship between the narrator, and her cat,...
  • Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography - It's about control and settling old scores 05-12-2013 01:59 PM

    Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography sees how the former Manchester United boss transformed a struggling club into one of the world's best; across 26 years, how he transformed United from just another football club into a worldwide business brand. Rather than 'My Autobiography', the book should have really been called "Settling...
  • Che in Paona Bazaar: Lazy stereotypes of an uninspired Mind 01-12-2013 04:13 PM

    Paona Bazaar lies in the heart of Imphal, Manipur. One can describe this place by its proximity to Bir Tikendrajit Road which had seen the infamous fake encounter case in July 2009. In fact many of the landmarks of the town would tell a story of it being part of...
  • 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' review: An 80 kmph ride through Shillong 21-10-2013 06:32 PM

    The barrel of a pistol stares at you and a girl with unkempt hair and piercing eyes has her fingers on the trigger. The cover of Ankush Saikia's 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' sets the mood for what is to follow. A novel set in Shillong. And comparisons with Anjum...
  • 'The Great Tamasha' is an engaging chronicle of rising India 19-08-2013 07:59 PM

    James Astill, the political editor of The Economist and former bureau chief in New Delhi, is a big cricket fan. That is palpable from reading the first few pages of his latest book, The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India, in which he likens himself...
  • Milkha Singh's 'The Race of My Life' is a disappointing package deal 02-08-2013 03:21 PM

    Milkha Singh's autobiography couldn't have found a more opportune time for its release but leaves you wondering what extra did it tell than shown in the movie on his life - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The biopic has proved to be a kind of rebirth for India's most celebrated runner. He...
  • 'The New Digital Age' is a fascinating read 29-05-2013 12:55 PM

    It's hard not to think about Google when you read 'The New Digital Age'. The cover highlights the association of the authors with the company: Eric Schmidt is its executive chairman and Jared Cohen, the director of its think tank Google Ideas. And, with a subtitle that reads 'Reshaping the...
  • Follow Every Rainbow is about the success, inspiration 01-05-2013 08:11 PM

    Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, this was the first book by Rashmi Bansal that I read. The title was intriguing and when I read the blurb of the book, I was sure that it will be an interesting read and it didn't disappoint me at all. Ever since then, I have...
  • Atulya Mahajan's 'Masters of America' is a handbook of easy laughs 27-04-2013 06:11 PM

    New Delhi: It's unfortunate that author Atulya Mahajan's 'The Masters of America' will always be compared with writer Anurag Mathur's quirky guide to surviving in the US - 'The Inscrutable Americans' - mostly because Mathur got it out first. If you have read 'The Inscrutable Americans', you will appreciate the...
  • 'Sachin: Cricketer of the Century': New Tendulkar book hits the mark 16-04-2013 03:43 PM

    Another book on Sachin Tendulkar? Yes, you can be forgiven for reacting that way when hearing about the latest publication on the highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs as well as the only batsman to have scored 100 international centuries. But unlike any of the past attempts to praise and...
  • Book review of 'Flame: The Inspiring Life of My Mother Shahnaz Husain'

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    Engaged at 14, married at 16, mother to a little girl at 17, Shahnaz Husain's life is an inspiration to those who passionately want to...

  • Scoundrels of new India

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    Shobhaa De's new novel 'Sethji' is a rattling good read Long before chronicling urban India became intellectually fashionable and literary tomes were written on ...

  • 'That Used...' well describes the post-recession US 06-11-2011 10:26 AM

    Road Signs of Our Times The Ugly American, it would seem, is being replaced by the Introspective American. Many forget that in 1958 too, the year Eugene Burdick and William Lederer wrote their bestselling novel that spoke of the brashness of the American abroad, the US was suffering a recession...
  • Poor Economics: Heartburn for Indian planners 22-07-2011 02:57 PM

    In 2007, I had spent about 15 days touring the locked-out tea gardens in North Bengal. Some were locked out for more than three years. Workers and family members were dying of malnutrition and disease. There were people who resembled skeletons; there were children who had gone blind from the...
  • Alchemist graphic novel is a good one time read 31-05-2011 02:03 PM

    "It was a dream of mine to have 'The Alchemist' as a graphic novel" - Paulo Coelho. Well, The Alchemist - A Graphic Novel is pretty much about Coelho's personal legend than anything else. One of the most inspiring and fascinating stories told in more than two decades, The Alchemist...
  • Delhi's satirical portrait in Gokhale's new book 30-05-2011 01:23 PM

    Namita Gokhale's pretty much holding up a mirror to Delhi's high-flying elite with her latest book, Priya in Incredible Indyaa. I read this through in one siting, a lazy Saturday afternoon, but must admit right at the outset to not having read Paro (the prequel, if you're going backwards). Paro...