The Tusk That Did The Damage – Tania James

¬† This book was received through the aegis of Penguin Random House India in exchange of an honest review Stories that deal with the animal-human conflict in India began and ended with the wonderful memoirs of the much revered Jim Corbett written decades ago. Similarly, stories that include authentic veterinarians in their plots came in the form of the almost memoir-like writings of the great … Continue reading The Tusk That Did The Damage – Tania James

Bringing the Oscars to India

The Oscar award nominations were made public yesterday morning in the USA. Already there are dozens of articles out discussing the surprise inclusions and exclusions, the complete absence of any black/brown actors and the inclusion of certain actors purely for sentimental value in the nomination lists. These discussions will continue in forums all over the internet right up to the ceremony in March. By the … Continue reading Bringing the Oscars to India

Lead Tin Yellow – Doug Gunnery (A book review and an anecdote)

This book was sent to me in exchange of an honest review When I received a request to review a work from an Indian author writing crime fiction set in the Unites States with American characters, I was suitably impressed. It was about time that an Indian took a serious plunge into international crime-fiction writing;¬†especially, when one reads so many books by authors who have … Continue reading Lead Tin Yellow – Doug Gunnery (A book review and an anecdote)

Seven Wonders – Ben Mezrich

This book was sent to me courtesy of Random House India in exchange of an honest review Seven wonders follows in the proud tradition of the slew of Dan Brownesque novels that have flooded the market in recent years. It is amazing when an author creates a work worthy of getting an entire genre named after him. In normal parlance, these novels would probably fall … Continue reading Seven Wonders – Ben Mezrich

The Unfathomable Toilet Etiquette of The West

If you are faint of heart or squeamish or having your dinner, you may want to skip this post. The unfathomable toilet etiquette of the Westerners has had many points of argument with those of the East, especially since cable and satellite television brought those differences through Western dramas and movies into our drawing rooms. We have accepted and assimilated the Western-style toilets in our … Continue reading The Unfathomable Toilet Etiquette of The West

Bangalore Literature Festival 2014

The Bangalore Lit Fest is really shining this year with a panel of guest speakers on topics ranging from horror to politics to Bollywood to music. It is definitely a more eclectic viewing this year than the one before. The venue is the same as last year, the grounds of the Crowne Plaza, and is beautiful and serene. The landscaped gardens with the small, artificial … Continue reading Bangalore Literature Festival 2014

Excerpts of a conversation between Mom and Me

Me: Hullo… Ma!! Mom: How many times have I told you not to throw things on the kitchen floor!! Me: Ummm…. Mom: Oh not you.. I was talking to the maid. What are you up to? Is your nose blocked?? Me: Nothing much. Caught a cold. Mom: How? What were you doing? Me: It’s so cold here at 2000 meters above sea level Ma….. haven’t … Continue reading Excerpts of a conversation between Mom and Me

Our Moon Has Blood Clots – Rahul Pandita

The soul-stirring memoir of a community forced into exile in their own country. Of a government that shut its eyes to save some votes and after 20 years has now very effectively swept the whole matter under the carpet. Of a media that refuses to share the unbiased truth about the gross injustice suffered by a section of the people of our country simply because … Continue reading Our Moon Has Blood Clots – Rahul Pandita