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  • JD Salinger: Not quite the 'Catcher in the Rye' March 29, 2012

    When JD Salinger passed away in 2010 at the age of 91, it became clear that he hadn't lost his ability to split the world into two. Either you get the Glass family, or you don't. The precocious siblings were refractions of the author's own identity, something that becomes more...
  • 'Blue', an honest attempt at chronicling love, lust February 14, 2012

    The blurb promised 'Sri Lanka's first collection of 17 scorching short stories and poems that evoke a world of heady sensuality and offer a veritable smorgasbord of spicy fantasies'. Now I usually don't judge a book by its cover and this one had a sensual, baredback woman with a...
  • Book Review: First Draft by BG Verghese November 29, 2010

    In the preface to First Draft, B.G. Verghese says, my reports and reflections from day to day were my story, a worms eye view of the world as it passed me by. The view is of a person who stood by the ringside as events unfolded, shaping the history of...