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  • 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,...
  • The Cuckoo's Calling has known tropes, but is overwritten, noisy October 1, 2013

    One of the reasons for the enduring popularity of the crime novel is its comforting familiarity. Particular tropes may have changed over the yearsthe impermeable Hercule Poirot, for instance, has given way to detectives who get progressively more damaged with each casebut some clichs have now moved into the sobadit'sgood...
  • Sudershan is worth a read for its uniqueness November 27, 2012

    The Indian Graphic Novel has come a long way from only Sarnath Banerjee ruling the roost at one point, the genre is slowly being added on to by other cartoonists/creators. It is surprising to note how the category is growing day by day and writer by writer. The graphic...
  • Extract: It Takes a Murder by Anu Kumar November 3, 2012

    A darkly lyrical and slyly ambiguous account of love, loss and fury. When Gautam Dogra is found murdered in his study one afternoon in the small hill station of Brooks Town, the police dismiss it as a relatively simple case. But Charlotte Hyde knows well that a murder never happens...
  • JK Rowling's adult novel has an Indian character September 27, 2012

    Author JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' published by Hachette sets a new record for sales for an adult hardback in India. Rowling already holds the record for children's books with her Harry Potter series. The Casual Vacancy is the first ever highsecurity book to be printed locally in India. In India...
  • Book excerpt: When Indira's birth drew long faces! November 18, 2011

    When Indira was born on Nov 19, 1917, the Scottish doctor who was attending to Kamla Nehru announced to Jawaharlal Nehru: "It is a bonny lassie, Sir!" The womenfolk around Jawaharlal's mother, Swaroop Rani, pulled long faces in sympathy. This irritated his father, Motilal, prompting him to chide his wife: "You...