The New World Disorder and The Indian Imperative

  Title: The New World Disorder and the Indian Imperative Author: Shashi Tharoor, Samir Saran Genre: Non fiction Publisher: Aleph Book Company   As a dedicated reader of Dr Shashi Tharoor, I was very disappointed last year when despite so much happening across the globe, he chose to write a book on theology. However, with the launch of this book coupled with ORF Director Samir … Continue reading The New World Disorder and The Indian Imperative

The Speaking Stone

  Title: Speaking Stone Author: Ratnadip Acharya Genre: Fiction Publisher: Aksora Publications   Speaking Stone is a gripping historical fiction. The story begins with Mumbai based Saikat finding a strange looking stone embedded with Sanskrit inscriptions from a street vendor. It intrigues him so much that he embarks on a journey to find out the origin of the stone. In this journey, he comes across … Continue reading The Speaking Stone

Gumnaami: The Greatest Story Never Told

‘গুমনামি’ নিয়ে যে একটা শঙ্কা ছিল না তা বললে ভুল বলা হবে। তবে ছবিটি দেখার পর বলতে বাঁধা নেই যে সব ভয় কেটে গেছে। যারা একটা সত্যকে ধাওয়া করতে নিজেদের জীবনের সবটা দিয়ে দিল, তাদের সেই প্রাপ্য সম্মানটা দিয়েছে এই ছবি। শুধু ইতিহাসের বইয়ে পড়া একজন মানুষ যাকে কিনা আমরা কোনদিন সচক্ষে দেখিনি, তাঁর জন্য একটা সুনিশ্চিত চাকরি ছাড়াটা বোধহয় আমাদের মধ্যবিত্তদের কল্পনার অতীত, কাজে … Continue reading Gumnaami: The Greatest Story Never Told

Who Stole My Job?

  Who Stole My Job is less of fiction and more of reality as it throws light on the ruthless, cruel corporate world and the Indian American dream. The plot centres around Creative Tech, a software giant which goes through managerial changes and ends up being headed by a corporate honcho from the US as the bosses want the company to grow and innovate being … Continue reading Who Stole My Job?

Kashmir As I See It

  Title: Kashmir As I See It From Within and Afar Author: Ashok Dhar Genre: Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publications   Ashok Dhar, born and brought up in Kashmir, in this part historical and part autobiographical journey, gives an insight into the real problems plaguing Kashmir by looking at it through the mirror of objectivity and rationalism. Beginning with the true essence of Kashmiriyat and the … Continue reading Kashmir As I See It

Coming Out As Dalit: Relooking the Caste Question

  Title: Coming Out As Dalit Author: Yashica Dutt Publisher: Aleph Book Company Genre: Non-fiction   The question of caste-based reservation has always plagued India and has been a matter of debate among the middle class youth beginning in the 1990s when a young boy self-immolated himself to protest against the Mandal Commission. I myself have been a part of many such debates regarding caste-based … Continue reading Coming Out As Dalit: Relooking the Caste Question

Chit Chat with Janta Ka Reporter Ravish Kumar

How did your initiation into journalism happen? My teacher had suggested that I should become a journalist. So I tried pursuing that direction but did not know anything about the profession. I tried in many places but did not get a job. Finally I got the job of sorting letters in NDTV. Gradually, I became a translator, copied pieces for other people at the desk, … Continue reading Chit Chat with Janta Ka Reporter Ravish Kumar

I Stayed Away from Social Media for a Month and Here’s What Changed

  Around a month back, I very consciously, due to a bugging guilt of not working enough, decided to cut off from all social circles. Although I’m out of the self-imposed isolation now, here are some of the things that I learnt from that experience:   I saved a LOT of time: This was the main purpose of my action. We don’t realise how much we … Continue reading I Stayed Away from Social Media for a Month and Here’s What Changed

Shahi Galawti Kebabs from Aminia Restaurant

Happy Ramzaan guys! Hope you had a great Iftaar. To make my festivities more special, Aminia Restaurant sent over a plate of their new Shahi Galawti Kebab today evening. Galawti kebabs are known to owe their origin to Nawab Asad-ud-Daula(1748-1797) of Lucknow.The Nawab was so fond of kebabs that he had special orders for his cooks to come up with a new variant of kebab … Continue reading Shahi Galawti Kebabs from Aminia Restaurant

Politics of Jugaad

Title: Politics of Jugaad- A Coalition Handbook Author: Saba Naqvi Publisher: Rupa Publications Genre: Politics As we’re midway into the election, famous journalist and psephologist Saba Naqvi has come out with her latest book Politics of Jugaad which is a book tracing the history of coalition governments in India. The fascination with a ‘great leader’, such as Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, is now quite … Continue reading Politics of Jugaad

Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man

  Title: Straight to Normal Author: Sharif D. Rangnekar Genre: Autobiographical/ LGBT Publisher: Rupa Publications   “Homosexuality is a natural variant of human sexulity. A person’s sexual orientation is intrinsic to their being. It is connected with their individuality, and identity. A classification which discriminates between persons based on their innate nature, would be violative of their fundamental rights, and cannot withstand the test of constitutional … Continue reading Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man