Indian Authors

Hush a Bye Baby by Deepanjana Pal – Book Review

1 year ago Shaili Desai 0
Deepanjana Pal’s first fictional novel – Hush a bye baby – starts with a scene headlined by a Radio Jockey on air with well-known Mumbai gynaecologist Dr. Nandita Rai, taking questions on sex and women’s bodies. Rai is confident, witty and naughty in her answers and very, very feminist. It’s a classic first chapter with Read More

Book Review – Pyre by Perumal Murugan

1 year ago Shaili Desai 0
Pyre by Perumal Murugan has much to say – in a quiet, sweet manner. It is not a novel with what you would call a happy ending, and yet it has a romantic disposition. The novel centers around Saroja and Kumarasen, a young couple who marry for love. Theirs is an inter caste marriage and Kumarasen Read More

Why Shashi Tharoor is a Hindu

2 years ago Shaili Desai 1
Reading the book Why I am a Hindu by Shashi Tharoor, reminded me of a dinner table conversation of more than a year ago. It was an educated, white collared, Hindu, upper class dinner table in one of the many high rises of Gurugram. The table also seemed to have equal male and female representation. The Read More

Why I wouldn’t ignore Anuja Chauhan & The House that BJ Built

2 years ago Shaili Desai 1
I found The House that BJ built by Anuja Chauhan on Kindle Unlimited. The Unlimited subscription has been useful. I have discovered new books which have been good to read – some of which I had dismissed as works by Indian authors of the Chetan Bhagat genre (Yes, the man’s defined a genre). I do Read More

Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto | Book Review

2 years ago Shaili Desai 0
There is an extremely poignant moment in Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto when Imelda says this. Because the sky is so high and the crow shat in your left eye. I could tell you a lie but I don’t see why. The world is a game and the game is a tie. Read More

Sidin Vadukut and his (Bombay) fever for writing : An Interview

2 years ago Shaili Desai 0
Sometimes, a person’s twitter handle can tell you lots about them.  With 178K tweets (as of 5th Aug, 2017 12:24 PM IST), Sidin Vadukut is a prolific tweeter (I am sure that’s a word!). His tweets are a mix of intelligent and sometimes self deprecating puns, historical trivia, lit references and an unbridled enthusiasm for Read More

Exclusive Excerpt – Chasing 33% by Jitendra Jain

2 years ago Shaili Desai 0
Chasing 33% by Jitendra Jain is a fictional story of two teenage boys, set to take their board exams. The story looks interesting, with one of the boys (now all grown up) reminiscing about their teenage years. The book has also been featured in the Bangalore Mirror and The Hindu this month and shares a different Read More

Book Review : Murder with Bengali Characteristics by Shovon Chowdhury

4 years ago Shaili Desai 1
Shovon Chowdhury’s Murder with Bengali Characteristics is a sequel to his book The Competent Authority (Book Review | Author Interview). Although a sequel to the book, it is a stand alone novel. While The Competent Authority was a purely satirical novel, Murder with Bengali Characteristics is part sci-fi, part satirical and part crime fiction. Image Read More

Book Review: Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera

4 years ago Shaili Desai 0
Book Cover In the beginning, I had absolutely no idea what this book was supposed to be about. By the end of it, the purpose wasn’t clear as crystal, but I did have a slight idea as to what the aim of the book was. The plot of Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera seems heavily Read More