The Alchemy of Secrets

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The Alchemy of Secrets by Priya Balasubramanian Publisher: Tranquebar (2020) When I was given a choice by Atta Galatta to select a book to review, the Bangalorean...

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What’s Wrong with You, Karthik?

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What's Wrong with You, Karthik? by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan Publisher: Picador India (2020) Journeys to oft beaten paths almost always offer us that deja vu, that familiarity but...

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Hijab

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Hijab by Guruprasad Kaginele, translated from the Kannada by Pavan N. Rao Publisher: Simon & Schuster India (2020) My name is Guru. That is not my given...

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Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation

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Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation Publisher: Harper Collins Tara Kaushal At the outset of “Why Men Rape” Tara Kaushal throws in a shocking revelation that...

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Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased

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Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased by Anita Roy Publisher: Red Panda I am pretty sure that most students will find few of their classmates scarier than...

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Bombay Balchao

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Bombay Balchao by Jane Borges Publisher: Tranquebar (2019) We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover but when the cover is as animated as...

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The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Publisher: Riverhead Books (2003) The Kite Runner is a historical fiction written by Khaled Hosseini. Set in in the 70s in...

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Everglow

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Everglow by Nandita Bose Publisher: Rupa Publications (2019) Mastering the Alphabet of Love In the words of the French composer, Claude Debussy, Music is the silence between the...

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Publisher: HarperCollins UK (2017) Gail Honeyman’s debut novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is like the frenetic force of...

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Euclid in The Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math

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Euclid in The Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math by Joseph Mazur Publisher: PI Press (2005) I’ll admit that books on mathematics and logic are...

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Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing

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Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing Edited by Annie Zaidi Publisher: Aleph Book Company (2015) Unbound is an anthology of powerful, distinctive and diverse voices of...

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Mexican Gothic

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publisher: Del Rey (2020) One of the most anticipated horror novels this year, Mexican Gothic is a fascinating and intriguing story set...

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Fast Fresh Flavourful

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Fast Fresh Flavourful by Natasha Celmi Publisher: Notion Press (2020) I would like to preface this rambling review of Fast Fresh Flavourful by Natasha Celmi with a...

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The Tale of Makkhilal

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The Tale of Makkhilal by Geeta Dharmarajan (Art by Charbak Dipta) Publisher: Katha Books (2020) Makkhilal is a fly in a place called Makkhipuri. He is like...

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Lolita

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Publisher: Olympia Press (1955) Vladimir Nabokov’s magnum opus Lolita created ripples in the literary world, and with good reason. The book follows middle-aged...

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The Henna Artist

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The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi Publisher: Mira (2020) ‘The Henna Artist’ is a beautiful and eloquently written novel by Alka Joshi which follows the life of...

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Colour Matters?: The Truth That No One Wants to See

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Colour Matters? The Truth That No One Wants To See by Anuranjita Kumar Publisher: Bloomsbury India (2019) Colour Matters is the best book I read in 2019. The...

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The Complete MAUS (Maus, #1-2)

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The Complete MAUS (Maus, #1-2) By Art Spiegelman Publisher: Pantheon Books (1980, 1991) As a history geek with a special interest in World War II and...

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Kill Me With Love

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Kill Me With Love by Srividya Srinivasan Publisher: Juggernaut Books I read Kill Me with Love in one sitting, even as my long to-do list lay pending....

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Yagna

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Yagna by Preetha Vasan Publisher: Notion Press (2019) Yagna is a refreshingly new take on many of the untold stories from Mahabharata- a text that is often...

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