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The fine art of fact-fudging

The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra
Rs 599

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.

A love story with delicate ellipses

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.

A plate of nihari with nirvana on the side

Gone with the Vindaloo
Rs 350

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.

The flying machines

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.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.