Category Archives: Books

Book man and his follies

  Those who live by the book will die by the book’s folly. “After all, as a book man, I should judge a book for its literary merit, irrespective of its subject matter.  Poppycock.” The above quote is from Vikram … Continue reading

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A Critique of Delhi

Delhi OMG! is a drain inspector’s report on Delhi.  The author, Vinod Nair, is “heading the Human Resources function in a US multinational company based out of (sic) Gurgaon.”  He was born and brought up in Delhi and knows the … Continue reading

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Dear Prophet

Dear Prophet: A woman’s story by Ali Ansari is more a treatise on religion than a novel.  The story (if there indeed is any story) is narrated in first person by Zarina who is faced with the meaninglessness of life … Continue reading

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When man is wolf to man

The British King Henry VIII’s fleeting love for women made him marry six times.  He had a bevy of concubines in addition.  Managing such a lot of women is a herculean task even for a crafty king, especially when his … Continue reading

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Bitter Wormwood

Book Review New Delhi: Zubaan, 2011, p.269, Rs295 The Northeast of India is unique for many reasons.  There is more cultural and ethnic variety in the region than in the rest of the country.  The tribal cultures which maintained a … Continue reading

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Delhi Ballads

  Delhi has a lot of stories to tell.  M Mukundan, a Malayalam novelist, has written two novels set in Delhi.  His latest novel published a few months ago is Delhi Gathakal (Delhi Ballads).   It tells the story of Delhi … Continue reading

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The Scandal of a Romantic Dream

Religion can destroy people.  It can make frauds out of people even without their knowledge.  The essence of religion is likely to remain beyond the understanding of most believers.  The person who tries to live his/her religion sincerely will in … Continue reading

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