BOOK REVIEWS

  • Dee Walker's 'The Winner's Curse' is a racy potboiler December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: When I first heard about the concept of 'The Winner's Curse', I was pretty excited about it. I wanted to read the finished book but I couldn't hold myself and asked the author for the manuscript which was still being edited. And then on a Sunday night, at...
  • Gayatri Iyer's 'Life's Macchiato' brings forth the taste of young India December 13, 2014

    New Delhi: A collection of short stories, 'Life's Macchiato' has all the energy, enthusiasm, and freshness of its twenty-something first-time author. She takes her readers to diverse places and diverse personalities, from a woman struggling with an abusive marriage to young college students and prodigal professionals. My favourite one is the...
  • Book Review: Author Arun Chaudhuri captures the world of advertising with his new book 'Indian Advertising Laughter And Tears' November 26, 2014

    As an Advertising Professional whose seen action in the trenches across close to four decades - frequently in hard close-up - I can assure you that India's Persuasion Industry has been very poorly documented, chronicled or archived. Part of our DNA, I guess, when you look towards a similar lapse...
  • Book Review: Author Gautam Chintamani gives an wonderful insight to what made Rajesh Khanna a 'dark star' November 23, 2014

    Who is a 'Star'? The great Satyajit Ray believed that it was anyone who could firmly establish his/her screen presence without the slightest, distracting fuss or frippery, armpit rhetoric or theatrical posturing. Also someone who - through gestures, speech, mannerisms or any special unique trait - could guarantee...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The first book that I had read about the Sri Lankan War was Ru Freeman's 'On Sal Mal Lane'. Though it was a work of fiction, it introduced me to the conditions and life of people living in a war zone and terror has become a part of...
  • James Joseph's 'God’s Own Office' demystifies the concept of working from home November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: As far as I knew, companies in India were slowly adapting themselves to the global culture of working from home. In my opinion, working from home comes with its own pros and cons. At one point, you feel this is the best thing that could have ever happened...
  • Nidhie Sharma's 'Dancing With Demons' will keep you entertained throughout November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: A debut author whose book is already being made into a Bollywood film, this feat was intriguing enough for me to pick up this book. The author, Nidhie Sharma is a writer-director living in Mumbai and has studied at NYU. 'Dancing With Demons' is a story about two...
  • 'Because Life Is A Gift': A tribute to differently-abled people November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: I had absolutely loved Disha's debut book, 'My Beloved's MBA Plans'. It was a well crafted piece of work that touched the lives of people who took plunge at crucial junctures of their lives to study further and came out victorious. With 'Because Life Is A Gift', Disha...
  • Book Review: Mid-wicket Tales, from Trumper to Tendulkar November 10, 2014

    Next only to playing cricket, watching and reading about the sport is one of the favourite pastimes of many cricket fans. Even now as you walk past a game of gully cricket, or drive next to a maidan, one's instinct is to wait for that eternal second to see the...
  • 'The Innovators' review: The strong narrative and character portrayal makes it a must read October 16, 2014

    I remember reading, 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson with great trepidation. I thought I would get bored. I thought I would not be interested in it for long. I thought these things and a lot of other things before I invested time in the book. I loved the book at...
  • Susmit Sen's memoir 'Ocean to Ocean' resonates with the most exciting phase of Indian rock October 13, 2014

    Name: 'Ocean to Ocean' Author: Susmit Sen with Sehba Imam Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 149 pages Price: Rs 699 Much before YouTube, Soundcloud and Vevo, Indians who are now in their 20s and thirties, were used to the thrill of buying an audio cassette or an audio CD a little later, to have the pleasure...
  • And Then One Day: A powerful memoir by Naseeruddin Shah September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: "Learn your lines and don't bump into the furniture", said Naseeruddin Shah when someone asked him a question about acting on stage and the entire auditorium roared with claps and laughter. I quickly noted this line down on my copy of And Then One Day and thought I...
  • Rachel Dwyer portrays Bollywood as a guide to modern India in 'Picture Abhi Baaki Hai' September 23, 2014

    It is always good to read books about Bollywood and how people perceive it. I am not a movie-buff but I have grown up watching Hindi movies and I am more inclined towards them any given day. I was pretty intrigued by the title and the cover of the Rachel...
  • Bubble Wrap – A fantastic debut by Kalyani Rao September 23, 2014

    Picking up a book by a debut author always comes with some kind of skepticism to me. What if I don't like the book and end up wasting my precious reading time - this question keeps haunting me but somehow I believe one must venture into unknown territories at times...
  • Anti-Social Network - Another potboiler by Piyush Jha in Mumbaistan series September 23, 2014

    Most of us have become social-networking junkies. I myself spend a better part of my day on Twitter like many others. Now, what Piyush Jha has done here in Anti-Social Network is something commendable. He took something, twisted it on its head and presented it in the form of a...
  • 'Ten Kings' review: Must read, an interesting adaptation of Rig Veda September 15, 2014

    It is rare to find an interesting story from ancient Indian history. The known author Ashok K Banker in his 340 page historical fiction Ten Kings brings to you an incident from ancient vedic text of Rig Veda which is now regarded as historical fact by scholars, historians and archaeologists. Based...
  • 'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read September 13, 2014

    I have said this earlier and I have no qualms in saying this again that Shobhan Bantwal is a reader's delight. You expect certain things from every Shobhan Bantwal book after reading its blurb and she delivers exactly the same. Nice, breezy and uncomplicated stories make her books absolute pageturners...
  • 'Love Kills' review: A wellwritten thriller September 13, 2014

    I had read Jacob Hills by Ismita Tandon and had quite liked the book though it had left me disgusted. It was a wellwritten book with some shocking facts as it was based on a true story. Ismita's latest offering is Love Kills and I must say her writing style...
  • 'God Is A Gamer' review: A thriller that will keep you on your toes September 13, 2014

    Before I begin with my review of God Is A Gamer, I would like to confess something here. I am a very impatient man when it comes to books that I look forward to read once they're announced and there are a couple of authors who make the cut for...
  • 99: The book is thought provoking and entertaining September 3, 2014

    Writers live on forever. There is this immortality which is attained when you write a book. The concept of death is then cheated on and rightly so. When Khushwant Singh passed away, there was this surge of emotions in the country and outside of the country as well. India had...
  • 'Junglezen Sheru' by Samarpan is a delightful read August 3, 2014

    There're books that you pick because their blurb looked interesting to you. The reason why I picked up Junglezen Sheru was the same but when I saw the genre of the book which is Fiction/Spirituality, it intrigued me and that's when I thought, I am sure there book has something...
  • Upendra Namburi does it again with wellcrafted '60 minutes' August 3, 2014

    There are very few books that can make me sit straight and finish them in a single go. Two Indian authors who manage to do so time and again when it comes to corporate thrillers/drama are Ravi Subramanian and Upendra Namburi. I remember reading Upendra Namburi's 31 when it...
  • The Silkworm review: JK Rowling casts a spell as Robert Galbraith June 28, 2014

    It's clear now, that JK Rowling's debut under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith was no flash in the pan. The Cuckoo's Calling was a taut, pacey read, and while The Silkworm feels like a longer one, she's packed a lot in. First things first, let's just admit that the main man,...
  • 'The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi' a meticulous study of the birth and spread of AAP May 6, 2014

    He may be a toddler in Indian politics but Arvind Kejriwal is also its "sole symbol of hope, a true aberration to the existing structures, an outsider who has challenged established parties and ideas of the past". The Congress and the BJP may speak about the young but it took...
  • Robin Cook's latest book 'Cell' works in parts May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: I wanted to read Robin Cook's last book 'Nano' but somehow I couldn't. I have heard great things about the medical thrillers that he has written over the years but somehow I couldn't really lay my hands on his books. When Pan Macmillan who happens to be the...
  • 'How to get Married in Nine Weeks' is a blend of selfhelp and humour April 28, 2014

    Seriously? You must be kidding me? Those were my thoughts when I picked up a reading copy of, 'How to get Married in Nine Weeks' by Rajat Banerjee. I mean how can a book talk about how to get hitched in nine weeks and even if it does, how would...
  • 'India in Love' is about dichotomy nature of love in the country April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The time was just right for a book like this one, about love, sexuality and marriage in 21st century India. This is in the wake of Section 377 and other pre-conceived notions our country and society has about love, gender, sexuality and marriage. Ira Trivedi takes a close...
  • 'Chaudhvin Ka Chand' is a comment on male friendship April 21, 2014

    Why must one write screenplays? Why must make a book of it? I have always wondered about this. A lot of screenplays as being published as books, with additional material, such as interviews and such. Till recently, I did not see the significance of this. I remember reading the screenplay...
  • 'Karachi, You're Killing Me' describes extremes of Pakistan April 21, 2014

    There are very few satirical writers left in the world, I think. Or maybe I have not heard enough of them. So when I stumble on something interesting - satirical, with a good plot and hilarious at the same time, I know that I have struck gold. For a reader,...
  • 'Heart, Mind and Wallet' review: It curates the best of successful Indian ad campaigns April 21, 2014

    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,...