Books

  • Decompressing post-Jaipur

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Every January, for the past 7-odd years, I've been one of those lucky enough to hit the Jaipur Literature Festival. Usually we get to soak...

  • Moving with The Shadow Lines

    Finding the Centre |  Anu Kumar
    You get to the library by left-turning one too many times. I learnt that the hard way for the car's unpredictable GPS always led me...

  • The Weight Loss Club: The lives of the women of Nancy charted with gentle humour and a keen eye

    Women at work |  Nirupama Subramanian
    Novels about women and their lives, usually tend to be worthy tomes, the narratives laced with suffering and struggle. Most of the men are weak...

  • International Women's Day: Subcontinent's women writers in English

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    Published in 1895, Saguna is said to be the first autobiographical novel in English written by an Indian woman; its author was Krupabai Satthianadhan (1862-1894),...

  • 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...

  • Khushwant Singh's Freethinker's Prayer Book: A Review

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    I must begin this review with a confession: I am an unabashed admirer of Khushwant Singh. I have known him for years and enjoyed many...

  • 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 ...

  • The one with the affair in Gurgaon (and a conversation)

    the vague woman's blog |  Devapriya Roy
    Nora Ephron, in one of her columns - possibly in 'Esquire' though I can't be sure - had wondered about the exact time the word...

  • Childhood is not a destination, it's a sojourn

    Delhi Musings |  Shormishtha Panja
    I noticed that in my last blog (the kind comments on which are greatly appreciated) on the summers of my childhood spent immersed in books...

  • Contemporary Indian literatures

    From Heart to Heart |  H S Shivaprakash
    In spite of having an uninterrupted history of 200 years, Indian literatures, written in 22 officially recognized major languages, countless tribal languages and in foreign...

  • The 5 guys every woman should have

    The Chastity Belt |  Madhuri Banerjee
    I have always believed that Draupadi was lucky. After all, she was legalized as the wife of five men. She really didn't need to fake...

  • In which I recklessly predict winners

    Read Only |  Arunava Sinha
    I am not on any of the juries of the Vodafone Crossword Book Award 2010. Thank goodness. The Fiction and Non-fiction juries have to choose...

  • Pakistan: Beyond the Crisis State

    Diplomat's Diary |  Wajid Shamsul Hasan
    Since Pakistan has been in the eye of the storm, many books are being published on the future of the state. Not many are objective...

  • Where the world is a stage...

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    It's impossible to sum up the Jaipur Literature Festival in a few words -- it's stunning, sun-drenched, sublime and chaotic all at once. You ...

  • The designers my favourite characters should wear

    Fashion Flaneur |  Sharadiya Dasgupta
    So they are making one of my most loved books and perhaps the most stupendous work of sub-continental fiction in the last 50 years, into...

  • Making Hay in Kerala

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Highlights of the Hay Fest and why it's win-win for Thiruvananthapuram With two literary festivals in Thiruvananthapuram in just two months, what's the buzz? ...

  • Tea party calling

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    It's the perfect season for book launches and tea parties, if you ask me, and there's an enviable line-up if you're in Delhi. This ...

  • Book of the Month: 'The Temple-Goers'

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Where to start with Aatish Taseer's The Temple-Goers? I've already read one review with its knives sharpened, and a couple of others that are way...

  • Summer reading

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    What are you reading this summer? I made the most wonderful (belated) discoveries till date! The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by the...