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  • V Sanjay Kumar's 'Virgin Gingelly' is a well-crafted piece of work 30-03-2014 11:29 PM

    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 01-10-2013 06:06 PM

    One of the reasons for the enduring popularity of the crime novel is its comforting familiarity. Particular tropes may have changed over the years-the impermeable Hercule Poirot, for instance, has given way to detectives who get progressively more damaged with each case-but some clichs have now moved into the so-bad-it's-good...
  • Extract: It Takes a Murder by Anu Kumar 03-11-2012 03:29 PM

    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...
  • Book excerpt: When Indira's birth drew long faces! 18-11-2011 12:43 PM

    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:...