The Nine Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat

Title: The Nine Chambered Heart Author: Janice Pariat Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 978-93-5277-379-4 Pages: 200 Source: Review Copy Rating: 2.5/5 The nine perspectives on the woman at the heart of this novel are tightly framed, and show how people perceive what they want to see in a relationship. However, these vignettes told from the perspective of […]

The Boys Who Fought by Devdutt Pattanaik

Title: The Boys Who Fought Author: Devdutt Pattanaik Publisher: Puffin Books ISBN: 978-0-143-44161-8 Pages: 107 Source: Review copy Rating: 4/5 For a book this short, Patnaik succeeds in taking the reader for a long journey through the ups and downs of the Pandava family fortunes. The seeds for the Mahabharata’s climactic battle are sown in the […]

Murder in Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav

Title: Murder in Paharganj Author: Kulpreet Yadav Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-93-86826-61-9 Pages: 274 Source: Review copy Rating: 3/5 Murder in Paharganj is a compelling thriller, one you may well find yourself carrying around and snatching every opportunity to read during the course of the day. It opens on our crime-reporting protagonist observing the hotel room in […]

A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

Title: A State of Freedom Author: Neel Mukherjee Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 978-0-670-09015-0 Pages: 275 Source: Review copy Rating: 4/5 This review contains spoilers. The sections in A State of Freedom have common themes, or characters recurring in the periphery of each section’s primary narrator’s life. Migration emerges as the central theme, and its accompanying freedoms and […]

Looking for the Rainbow: My Years with Daddy by Ruskin Bond

Title: Looking for the Rainbow: My Years with Daddy Author: Ruskin Bond Publisher: Puffin Books ISBN: 978-0-143-44107-6 Pages: 110 Source: Review copy Rating: 4/5 After the separation of his parents, 8-year old Ruskin Bond went to live with his father for two years. Looking back at those years, he describes the rich tapestry of his boyhood […]

Writing about reading

I haven’t been writing one minute fiction for the past couple of years, having hit what they call the creative block – I can’t call myself a writer yet. So what is the best one can do when not writing regularly? Write about reading! Over the years I have been fortunate enough to receive review […]

The Chase

Udaysingh tied the half full sack of peanuts securely with a jute rope and swung it over his back. The coarse jute rubbed against the side of his neck as he shuffled slowly toward the bus stand. The smell of dry mud, rubber, jute and sweat hung in the air. He was just in time to catch […]

The Reluctant Barber

Elite Hair Saloon was an establishment older than its current owner, passed on to him by his enterprising, impatient and short-tempered father. The father had no flair for cutting hair, but back in the day money was hard to come by for a fourteen-year old orphan. Abu Hafeez had to put food on the floor […]

Foreboding

The rain fell steadily on that cold September morning in Prague. In spite of it being summer, rains often made an appearance in the form of a prologue to violent storms. Precisely what Berta was fearing, she did not know, but as she read the morning newspaper, a familiar chill crept up her spine, not […]

Tiptoe

Ria clutched the door handle tightly and turned the knob downward very slowly, gritting her teeth as she did so. She didn’t want to wake up her parents sleeping in the adjacent room. Besides, gritting her teeth made her feel that she wasn’t making any noise, especially when she released the door handle and the […]