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- Archie Comics - Will Delhi Accept Kevin?
For 70 years, there was no homosexuality in Riverdale High School. At least nobody talked about it.
- Book Review: The Beast With Nine Billion Feet - Anil Menon
The Beast is a hugely readable book crammed with ideas and in a very recognizable milieu as it is set in India.
- Book Review: Dreams in Prussian Blue by Paritosh Uttam
An unequal relationship to pursue the dreams of one man...
- Book Review: Heartbreaks and Dreams - Yesterday Once More
While stories about IIT abound on bookshelves today, Heartbreaks and Dreams is the sole representative of the female perspective
- Book Review: Shirlee Holmes 221 Baker Street, San Francisco
Claire Hartman brings back a slice of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless detective Sherlock Holmes in Shirlee Holmes 221 Baker Street, San Francisco.
- Book Review: Yajnaseni - The Story of Draupadi
Pratibha's Draupadi/Yajnaseni/Krishnaa is a woman trapped by circumstances.
- Book Review : The Hadrian Enigma - A Forbidden History
Did Antinous - the Lover/Favorite of Caesar Hadrian - drown or was he murdered?
- Book Review: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Gospel according to Philip?
- Book Review : The Immortals of Meluha
Set in 1900BC and operates on the premise that Shiva was a mortal, a simple man whom legend turned into God.
- Book Review: One Amazing Thing
Individual interpretations of events based on each characters past experiences makes this book a fascinating read.
- Book Review: The Indian Epics Retold
A Cliffs Notes to update the reader on all the major events and characters of the Ramayan and the Mahabharath.
- Book Review : In Search of Sita
Mythology in India is not just an academic or historical subject, it is a vital and living topic of contemporary relevance
- Book Review: Runemarks
Anything that can be dreamed is True.
- Book Review: Daylight Robbery
Critical plot devices include a newfangled video cassette recorder and there are lamentations about the mediocre performance of the Janata Dal government.
- Children's Writing in India - A Catch-22 Scenario
Many writers who have faltered and failed in writing for adults meander into what they consider a rather easy genre.
- Annie-Mal & A Girl Called Chris
Every book has a story and is also part of another story, its relationship with the reader.
- Book Review: Palace of Illusions
The Mahabharatha from Draupadi's perspective
- Book Review: Cuckold
Its a wonder Bollywood has not yet seized this book. It would be a far more gripping story than Jodhaa Akbar.
- Fiction: I Am Jill's Spare Tyre
The long journey from nursery to rhymes was fraught with heartless atrocities inflicted on those that built the heart in the first place.
- Book Review: A Nameless Place
A novel about culture, spirituality and identity, which was inspired by my time in India.
- Book Review: Delhi by Khushwant Singh
Delhi by someone who has spent his life in Delhi but has only a bedside view of it.
- Book Review: What Men Think About Sex - Guilt-Reading
I hate it when writers pull stunts like that, making a book sound like something else in its title.
- The Tree of Wishes
A book review of a book on the search for a book
- Movie Review: The Reader
This sort of political rhetoric continues to this moment where we justify wars, violence and terrorism.
- Book Review: Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
Like many historical novels starring pirates, it's a bit cheesy, but add pirates to anything and it becomes good, right?
- The Book That Inspires Me Everyday
The Fountainhead, the story of the quintessential man, is by itself the quintessential novel. A true classic, this is how a novel should be.
- Book Review:2 States
Chetan Bhagat's latest is a neither here, nor there book.
- Book Review: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux
Theroux returns to India and solves a murder mystery in Calcutta!
- Book Review: The Poison Tree - Planted and Grown in Egypt
A Single Independent Egyptian Woman's take on Love and Relationships.
- NovelRace Week 10: Everything But The Novel
An even bigger author who made a completely unrealistic change to the lives of one of fiction’s most popular characters and the whole world bought
- Book Review: The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
It suffers from an unbearable awareness of its assumed self-importance, and tries too hard to conform to expectations.
- NovelRace Week 9: Taking A Stand
We, the writers are human too. We will bring our own perspectives, our prejudices into it.
- NovelRace Week 8: So Much In A Name!
I've changed the name of one of the characters following a discussion with a friend about what he picturizes when he hears the name.
- Book Review: The Storyteller's Tale
One of the finest and terribly profound treatises on love, critiqued with the non-ornate aplomb of a Jacobean tragedy.
- NovelRace Week 7: The View From The Shoulders' Of Giants
A writing buddy not just supports you but also understands what you are going through at each step.
- NovelRace Week 6: My Characters Are For Real!
I seem to be seeing my characters walking out of the book and around me everywhere.
- NovelRace Week 5: The Lone Runner
A major part of story-telling is letting the story grow in your own mind and that's just like gestation.
- Book Review: Revolutionary Road
The book meanders, as books tend to do, and makes much less of a point.
- NovelRace Week 4: If You Fall, Get Up & Run Again!
Instead of creating a character, I just picked out people and decided to build stories around them.
- Book Review: The Color Purple - Alice Walker
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
- Fiction: The World of Vasadeferentia: Six Shorts in Real Time
Six short shorts in real time from all over.
- Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The darker themes and snogging find equal time, at the expense of other subplots and a tamer climax.
- Fiction: Obsession
What was that South American poison that was lethal and all traces disappeared from the victim's body in a few hours?
- Fiction: Agents of Discordia, Part I
Some technocrat had done a time and motion study, and found that two people in the graveyard shift were less likely to fall asleep than
- NovelRace Week 2: Adventures Galore!
I dreamed that writing would be fun but I never, in my wildest imagination, thought it would be such an adventure!
- Katy And I
There was its beautiful hardbound leather cover, its striking pictures and each chapter beginning with old English lettering. And finally there was Katy herself.
- Book Review: The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi
Sethi conveys to his readers the sights, sounds and smells of upper-middle class Pakistan
- Book Review: A Nice Quiet Holiday
Sudarshan treads the fine line between pulp fiction and literature very well.
- Book Review: The Storyteller's Tale
'You either have nothing, or you have your freedom.'
- Harry Potter in Technicolor, with Bollywood Masala
The Harry Potter series is like Bollywood Masala... Almost, but not quite.
- Fiction: Maternity Leave
Rajeev had nothing against hiring women or giving them maternity benefits
- Too Many Questions & Not Enough Trust
And yet, for all their conversations, their marriage has started off on trust being questioned and ends with it being betrayed.
- Book Review: Hyperion
A review of a book and some thoughts on how a father deals with the death of his child
- Book Review: Jumping over Fire
Jumping over Fire is a story with a sweeping backdrop of history that is recent and immediate.