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Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson

Private India (Arrow Books, 2014) is a brand new book from prolific crime writer James Patterson and Indian author Ashwin Sanghi. This is part of a new series called Private, with place-specific editions like Private Berlin, Private LA  and Private Down Under. I’ve possibly read every book that James Patterson wrote. Right from the beginning, […]

Book Review: Accidental India by Shankkar Aiyar

Accidental India: A History of the Nation’s Passage through Crisis and Change is journalist Shankkar Aiyar’s fascinating new book which examines the chronicle of India’s history through “seven turning points” in the country’s history. In the book, Aiyar argues that changes in the country since independence have not arisen through conscious decision making or planning, […]

Book Review: The Green Room by Wendell Rodricks

The Green Room Wendell Rodricks Raintree (by Rupa Publications) 356 pages | Hardcover I was expecting The Green Room to be a glimpse into the inner world of the fashion industry. The book has that, of course, but it is more an autobiography of designer Wendell Rodricks. The Green Room begins with a prologue, a […]

Book Review: One & a half wife by Meghna Pant

Title: One and a Half Wife Author: Meghna Pant Publisher: Westland Publishers ISBN: 978-93-81626-48-1 Genre: Fiction Pages: 296 ‘One & a half wife’ is the story of Amara, a young Indian girl from Shimla who, along with her parents Biji and Baba, moves to the USA in search of the “American Dream”. The book follows […]

Review: Thinner Dinner by Shubhra Krishnan

Title: Thinner Dinner Author: Shubhra Krishnan Publisher: Westland Price: Rs. 395 Review copy: courtesy Blogadda Book Reviews Programme. After the excesses of December, Shubhra Krishnan’s Thinner Dinner was a welcome sight. The blurb sets the tone for the book “Shubhra Krishnan is not a nutritionist. She’s just ravenous!” The book is the result of her […]

Review: The Tulleho! book of cocktails

Tull-ee-ho! : A combination of the old hunting cry Tally Ho! and the colloquial Hindi drinking word “tullee”. Also Indian for cheers. For someone who doesn’t mind an occasional cocktail, but has no clue about making one herself, The Tulleho! Book of Cocktails is a god-send. From the book, I learn that a good cocktail […]

Book Review: JS & The Times of my life – Jug Suraiya

Jug Suraiya’s memoir is a witty and charming look into his life as a journalist. Suraiya began his writing career at the JS, a new publication by The Statesman. It is a lucky coincidence that his initials and those of his first journalistic employer match. That publication (although very popular and path breaking) had a […]