The Mag This Week

In DNA Sunday’s Books page, we had reviews of Peter Smetacek’s Butterflies On The Roof Of the World: A Memoir, by Mita Ghose Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her, by Sanjay Sipahimalani Jayant Kripalani’s New Market Tales, by Joanna Lobo and last, but definitely not least, Amish’s The Oath of the Vayuputras, by R Krishna. For those interested, Krishna spoke to Amish about his Shiva Trilogy. Elsewhere in The Mag, I wrote a tiny piece about Reena Kallat’s mahussive installation that will be up on Bhau Daji Lad Museum for the next few months. Kallat was commissioned to make … Continue reading The Mag This Week

The Mag This Week: Books

Three reviews and one interview in this week’s Books page. Joanna Lobo reviewed Bapsi Sidhwa’s new book of short stories, Their Language of Love. Apoorva Dutt, who was quite busy channelling her inner blonde, found time to hang out with Tik-Tik, the little scientist who is the hero of Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s new kiddie title, Tik-Tik, The Master of Time. I reviewed Dozakhnama, which admittedly isn’t precisely new (this translation came out end of last year) but I’m clearing backlogs and this book really is a enchanting read. And we have an interview with Amit Chaudhuri, whose new book Calcutta: Two Years in … Continue reading The Mag This Week: Books

The Mag This Week

Actually, last week. But whatever. Fiction aimed at women tends to be of two kinds: weepy and fluffy. Both varieties were reviewed in last week’s page (along with an interview with the authors of book that’s a guide to getting a divorce. Just ’cause) and fluffy proved to be way better than weepy. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, reviewed by Apoorva Dutt, sounds like debutant Ayana Mathis desperately wants to be this generation’s Toni Morrison. Not quite an easy task. Joanna Lobo reviewed I Kissed A Frog And Other Stories by Rupa Gulab. She loved it. I offered my tuppence … Continue reading The Mag This Week

The Mag This Week

Lots of book reviews in this week’s Books page. I wrote about Manil Suri’s The City of Devi and The Missing Queen by Samhita Arni (the unedited version of the article is below). Joanna Lobo reviewed Afterlife: Ghost Stories from Goa by Jessica Faleiro and liked it. Alpana Chowdhury loved Joginder Paul’s The Dying Sun. Farrukh Dhondy’s London Company was reviewed by Aditi Seshadri. She enjoyed it. Colleen Braganza sank her teeth into the new Keigo Higashino mystery, Salvation of a Saint, and found it meaty but not as juicy as The Devotion of Suspect X. Amberish Diwanji was won … Continue reading The Mag This Week

Up to Speed: Travel Piece

I wrote about Ha Long Bay in Vietnam for the Bangalore edition of DNA, on 27th January. Here is the piece, with some more of my photographs. Dragons, but no dungeons You’d have thought that we’d opted for a cruise on Ha Long Bay just so that we could crack pun-ny jokes at its expense. “Ha long do you think the cruise will be?” “Wanna come ha long for a ride?” “What if I want ha longer bay?” “Is there ha shorter version of the cruise?” These and many more terrible puns were cracked as we made our way to … Continue reading Up to Speed: Travel Piece

Up to Speed: Book review

I’ve been a bit slack (ok, very slack) about updating, but better late than never. So here we go. Kevin Powers’s The Yellow Birds is a novel set in Iraq and written by an American veteran. It seems to have a touch of autobiography to it. Powers studied creative writing after leaving the US Army (honorably discharged), and The Yellow Birds is his debut novel. It’s also a very, very well-written book. Here’s the unedited version of my review, which was printed in DNA Sunday, on January 20th. The Yellow Birds There’s a bone-deep exhaustion in John Bartle as he tries to function … Continue reading Up to Speed: Book review