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Sep 09, 2019
How Babu Bangladesh! combines unfiltered history with imagination, style to create compelling literatureNumair Atif Choudhury’s novel, Babu Bangladesh!, which has been shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2019, pretends to be a biography of a Bangladeshi politician. Choudhury conjures nostalgia — evocative of youth and deep love of one’s homeland — and places it amid the squalid and terrible politics, the massacres and the disappearances.
Aug 02, 2019
Voice of a Sentient Highland book review: Godwin Vasanth Bosco provides a much-needed voice for the NilgirisBook review: Voice of a Sentient Highland by Godwin Vasanth Bosco is a comprehensive treatise on the plant ecology of the Nilgiris that also delineates the myriad ecological issues in the Nilgiris and highlights the resilience the ecosystem shows.
Jul 05, 2019
In Rivers Remember, Krupa Ge examines aftermath of 2015 Chennai floods, skewers state's ineptitudeKrupa Ge’s book contributes to the cultural memory of the disastrous Chennai floods of December 2015 — a job it does with deceptive simplicity and barely suppressed rage
Jun 09, 2019
Tayari Jones' An American Marriage is a swift-paced, nuanced story of a falsely incarcerated black manTayari Jones' prose in An American Marriage has a fable-like quality, and knowing how much research she did makes you appreciate the writing even more, because none of it shows. It would have been easy for a less skilled and stylish writer to drown in the details and statistics. Instead this is a novel like a jewel, gleaming, rich and impressive.
Jun 06, 2019
No Laughing Matter: A compilation of BR Ambedkar cartoons viewed through an anti-caste lensNo Laughing Matter is a study of BR Ambedkar in retrospect, in which the protagonist appears more tangible to us, with readers being allowed to ‘see’ and understand him through a documented history of illustrations.
Jun 05, 2019
Pico Iyer's Autumn Light is a reflective musing on death, grief, and transienceAutumn Light is Pico Iyer's second book on Japan. It is slow, melancholic and reflective. There is no linear progression to the story. There is no story as much as thoughts on death, guilt, separations and reunions.
May 19, 2019
Arundhati Roy's The Doctor and the Saint: Strongest when scrutinising Gandhi, but falters on AmbedkarThe Doctor and the Saint is a decent starting point for those who seek to revise their own uncritical points of view about Gandhi. But for those looking to introduce themselves to Ambedkar — the man as well as his politics — you’re much better off reading Annihilation of Caste itself, followed by everything else Ambedkar wrote.
Apr 29, 2019
A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction?: A data-driven look at NDA's policies, but selective in its critiqueA Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction? claims it moves away ‘from partisan debates that resort to propaganda and provide no answers’ and that ‘the authors rely on an assessment of available official data and other reputable information, and thereby, let the facts speak for themselves.’
Apr 25, 2019
Gopalganj to Raisina review: Lalu Prasad Yadav writes himself a character certificate, rather than a personal memoirGopalganj to Raisina follows a predictable route, scarcely interjected by insights into anything other than Lalu Prasad Yadav’s politics. Some of the more interesting revelations include a story involving him and Nitish Kumar, where he confesses that the duo would loiter around the Prime Minister’s Office in the hope of being noticed for ministerial roles
Mar 09, 2019
The Ferment book review: Nikhila Henry presents thorough study of youth uprisings through individual storiesIn The Ferment, Rohith Vemula’s suicide is the incident which triggers inquiry into and the mapping of students' protests, their assertions through literature and through their sheer numbers