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Why Sharif endorsed Pervez’s Kargil misadventure

Zehra writes, had not factored in the “critical problems of logistical stretch.”

21 Oct 2018 12:17 AM

A touching story of love, longing and sacrifices in showbiz

The book falls short of a literary masterpiece and that is not because of its flawed heroine.

30 Sep 2018 1:42 AM

Gendered resistance meshes myth

The novel is of 242 pages, out of which 115 pages are devoted to myth only.

30 Sep 2018 1:41 AM

The circumstance and pomp of magic

Zubrzycki focuses on magic and its derivates as entertainment, and has brought to life the history of the art in India.

30 Sep 2018 1:39 AM

A great composer’s musical journey

All in all, S.D. Burman is an excellent and welcome addition to the existing oeuvre of scholarly books about Bollywood.

16 Sep 2018 12:13 AM

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Democracy past its prime, but still resilient

Finally there is the fear of a technological takeover. Current-day unintelligent but super-efficient machines already have the ability to learn.

16 Sep 2018 12:11 AM

Gulzar: Lyricist, director and a doting father

Written beautifully, Because he is… is a must read for Bollywood fans, Urdu lovers and young parents!

09 Sep 2018 12:15 AM

A lovely story, but feels unreal

It would be a book firmly anchored in place and time, solid as only a feast can be.

09 Sep 2018 12:13 AM

A racy read with lots of laugh-out-loud moments

The story is extremely readable, the credit for it goes to the decent writing style.

02 Sep 2018 12:10 AM

Immensely readable, but only about Atal

Some explanations are rather too pat, some observations are superficial, but it is that sort of a book.

02 Sep 2018 12:10 AM

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A litany of Imran’s failings and sins, or Reham Khan’s?

Reham is careful to describe her own unquestionable piety, unwavering faith in the tenets of the Quran and her devotion to her marriage.

02 Sep 2018 12:10 AM

A memorable journey sure to linger for a long time

She writes: “My parents had brought me up as an Indian and instilled the fact that we were Indian first, Indian second and Indian last.”

26 Aug 2018 12:07 AM

Left and Right: Inheritors of a blood-soaked history

From the detailed history of political violence, it emerges that there are no innocent players in the district’s politics.

26 Aug 2018 12:06 AM

A perfect bhel-puri of desire, betrayal, sex

Domestic violence, acid attack, purdah system witch hunting, environmental issues are presented in a drama form in the last story, “The End of Ages”.

19 Aug 2018 12:31 AM

A brilliant concept ruined by poor execution

It’s hard to place a book like this. On the one hand, the point of the story is awesome.

19 Aug 2018 12:30 AM

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‘Nobel’ Naipaul: The enigma of departure

The iconic writer’s career was also marked with controversies and skirmishes with his counterparts.

17 Aug 2018 12:22 AM

It’s racy, interesting, revealing a wonderful new world to readers

If the story was told only from Zarin’s point of view, the chances of monotony creeping in were high.

12 Aug 2018 12:51 AM

A slickly produced work of non-fiction

The impact of his work over Tamil literature and culture has been huge, the author notes and shows how.

12 Aug 2018 12:47 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

Odisha’s shy, chain-smoking CM and his art of survival

When Naveen entered politics in Odisha, he was trying to reach out to the people of his native land whose rusticity he did not share.

05 Aug 2018 12:32 AM

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