India, Bharat and Pakistan : The Constitutional Journey of a Sandwiched...

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India, Bharat and Pakistan : The Constitutional Journey of a Sandwiched Civilisation by J. Sai Deepak Publisher: Bloomsbury (2022) In a discussion with the author–scientist Dr Anand...

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The Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: A Doctor’s Memoir of a Deadly Medical...

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The Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: A Doctor's Memoir of a Deadly Medical Crisis by Dr. Kafeel Khan Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2021) I loved the book! ‘Darna ata nahi, Chahe jitna...

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Amma, Take Me to the Taj Mahal

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AMMA, TAKE ME TO THE TAJ MAHAL by Bhakti Mathur Publisher: Puffin (2022) Bhakti Mathur is a former banker who now juggles time between writing, yoga and...

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Undertow

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Undertow by Jahnavi Barua Publisher: Viking Penguin (2020) “The city was to be shut down. Normal life was to be suspended.” Jahnavi Barua’s Undertow begins with an uncanny...

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The Zoo in My Backyard

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The Zoo in My Backyard by Usha Rajagopalan Publisher: Manipal Universal Press (2020) I read two stories in The Zoo in My Backyard and immediately...

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Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers

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Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers by T.M Krishna Publisher: Context (2020) I first heard the title Sebastian and Sons when TM Krishna visited...

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The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra

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The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra by Arupjyoti Saikia Publisher: Oxford University Press (2019) I was horrible at Geography in school. "Mark the Western Ghats...

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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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