The 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat under the watch of chief minister and home minister Narendra Modi was arguably the worst communal carnage in India since Independence.
The first paragraph of Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone made my heart plummet, just like the imagined descent of the silver circlet from Scylax’s hands into the crocodile infested Indus river.
There is something to be said about a new voice attempting a fun novel. Gone with the Vindaloo is not Vikram Nair’s great literary effort as much as his romp, complete with an innovative, refreshing and anything-but-cliched use of Hindi slang in an otherwise English-language text.
Traditionally books on military history in India are left to experts, historians or, at best, enthusiasts, but Eagles Over Bangladesh manages to break away from this to a large extent.