Unseen: The Truth about India’s Manual Scavengers
Review / April 21, 2014

Author: Bhasha Singh, Reenu Talwar (translator)
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780143420385
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Unseen: the Truth about India’s Manual Scavengersis a harrowing compilation of accounts of different manual scavengers across the nation, providing shocking stories of their plight and struggle.

Bringing back a Central Asian legend: The Song of King Gesar
Review / March 29, 2014

Author: Alai, Howard Goldblatt (Translator), Sylvia Li-chun Lin (Translator)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781847672339
Rating: ★★★★☆
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The Song of King Gesar by Alai, a classic 12th century Tibetan epic retold as a fresh narrative, throws light on the human side of the demi-god Gesar, and brilliantly traces the contours of his journey.

Review: The Immigrant by Manju Kapur
Review / February 28, 2014

Author: Manju Kapur
Publisher: Random House
Year: 2010
ISBN: 9788184000610
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Canada, the Great White North, is the home to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, many of whom are Indian. This influx started with the movement of East Indian and Sikh troops along with the British regiments to claim and settle in North America. Today, more than 5% of the Canadian population is South Asian. Manju Kapur’s The Immigrant is the story of one such woman who gets entwined in the question of her identity and nationality.

Review: The Land of Flying Lamas by Gaurav Punj
Review / January 29, 2014

Author: Gaurav Punj
Publisher: Tranquebar by Westland
Year: 2013
ISBN: 97889383260522
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Consisting of the real travel and trekking experiences of author Gaurav Punj, The Land of Flying Lamas works more as a travelogue describing the beauty and magic of the Indian Himalayas than a compilation of travel stories.

Review: Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse
Review / January 9, 2014

Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Publisher: Arrow Books
Year: 1947
ISBN: 9780099590682
Rating: ★★★★☆
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A comedy of errors using ‘concatenation of circumstances’, Wodehouse’s Joy In The Morning amuses and bemuses us in each and every page. Paper has rarely been put to better use than printing Wodehouse.

Review: A Cool, Dark Place by Supriya Dravid
Review / December 15, 2013

Author: Supriya Dravid
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9788184002034
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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A fictional memoir dipped in intoxication, A Cool, Dark Place is an attempt to understand people curtained with layers and layers of secrets. The novel explores the dystopian relationship of Zef’s mother and the imaginatively composed character of Don, her grandfather.

Review: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Review / December 2, 2013

Author: Vikram Seth
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Year: 1993
ISBN: 978014023038
Rating: ★★★½☆
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A magnanimous poetic saga of four families, A Suitable Boy is a lovable in-depth read, where the reader not only spends his minutes, hours and days with the numerous characters, but lives inside their minds too.A Suitable Boy is essentially about Lata and her mother’s quest to find a befitting boy for Lata to marry.