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Rupa Gulab

Book Review | A Sultan who made schoolgirls proud

Meena Arora Nayak has added flesh, bones, and a magnetic personality to Sultan Razziat in this enthralling work of historical fiction

17 Apr 2022 12:31 AM

Book Review | Boy meets girl in elite New India

Best Intentions is a fairly realistic and witty depiction of contemporary upper-class urban India

03 Apr 2022 12:24 AM

Book Review | Fiction from Nagaland that is spare, elegant and truthful

The story is as disturbing as the schisms in Naga society

06 Feb 2022 2:57 AM

Teen’s eye view of surviving the trauma of being ‘devil’s daughter’

Vidhie’s mother, Indrani, was arrested for allegedly murdering her sister, Sheena Bora

07 Nov 2021 10:08 AM

Book Review | Warm, fuzzy resumés of pets of royal heroes

In some cases, the bonds between pets and masters were so strong that even death could not separate them

23 May 2021 11:26 AM


Book REVIEW | A middle-aged writer navigates an alt-right world

Red Pill is a novel for our times—it captures the anxiety of ordinary citizens over growing racism and nationalism

17 Jan 2021 10:58 AM

Tesu Calcutta spills its secrets in racy birth mystery

This starts as a fascinating story and turns farcical and loses its warmth, but never its fun—the characters are delightful

09 Mar 2020 5:41 PM

Anxious Kolkata girl loves anew with family blessings

Before you think we’re treading into Jane Austen’s Persuasion where old flames meet after years, the answer is a firm no as well.

27 Oct 2019 3:02 AM

Witty historical fantasy sadly loses the plot

Two more sets stood a merciful distance away. Ten bodies on each, long dead, missing limbs and most of their faces.

08 Sep 2019 2:32 AM

A wicked view of the Indian uni experience

Set in the English Department of a sprawling university in Pune known as the Oxford of the East, we meet the most idiosyncratic faculty ever.

01 Sep 2019 3:26 AM


Lid off Bollywood secrets, gritty cancer battle in Lisa’s story

Insanely wealthy Indian men do not exactly shine in her recollections.

30 Jun 2019 7:49 AM

Art thriller studies the obsession to possess a soul

A grand temporary structure called the Crystal Palace is being built for the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations.

23 Jun 2019 7:22 AM

No more shaming, no more silencing amplified minds

The survivors have not only lived to tell their tales, they have learnt to cope and lead relatively happy lives despite periodic setbacks.

02 Jun 2019 2:55 AM

Modern sexual aesthetics meet ancient India

Light, breezy and witty, “Kama’s Last Sutra” is an enjoyable book to curl up with.

23 Dec 2018 1:01 AM

A mature thriller rooted in an unforgiving setting

Most of the characters are terribly unpleasant and seem to dislike each other as well.

23 Sep 2018 1:56 AM


Trials of women in a society dominated by men

It was something you were born to, if you were a woman, and embedded in you from girlhood.

12 Aug 2018 12:44 AM

Young, fun & marvellously irreverent

Goodbye Freddie Mercury is a truly enjoyable read — young, fun and marvellously irreverent.

22 Jul 2018 1:54 AM

A little more humour would have done the trick

The depiction of Priya and Chirag’s deathly dull and boring marriage works well, though.

24 Jun 2018 12:41 AM