Ashutosh Bhardwaj

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Conversations with the past | Book Review: The Unmarriageable Man by Ashok Ferrey

A coming-of-age novel about a man’s perennial confrontation with his parents and ghosts of the past

The conversation and confrontation with the past that go alongside the reinvention of a new life define the narrative.

The story behind a story | Book Review: Languages of Truth by Salman Rushdie

Rushdie takes readers on a literary pilgrimage, bringing to life the art of storytelling and a writer’s quest to ‘approach the truth through lies’

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Book Review — Scott Ellsworth’s The World Beneath Their Feet: The British, The Americans, The Nazis and the Race to Summit the Himalayas

Documenting attempts to scale the mighty mountains of the world brings forth a passionate set of stories.

Feeling blue: Teji Grover and craft of carrying intertextuality, sensuality

A celebration of women, their many moods and temperaments

The women in Teji Grover’s fiction seem like mythical creatures in search of a heaven they were exiled from (Express photo)

A romance with the pitch: Ramachandra Guha’s latest is an intimate love letter for cricket

An aspiring cricketer-turned-historian, Guha pens a passionate ode to the game and his undimmed love for it

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The promise of prose

In this novel, women’s lives told with sobriety manage to hold the reader till the very end

The book has interconnected stories of several women characters located in Jaipur and Japan

Book Review | A Burning — A perfunctory and sweeping view of India minus nuances and its complexities

The novel is a disappointment, to say the least, but here’s a question: had this novel been written not in English but in any Indian language, and first published in India instead of the US, what kind of media space would i

Located in a neighbourhood of Kolkata, A Burning is just a mild stab at contemporary India (Bloomberg image)

Shameless: Taslima Nasreen writes about the inescapable loneliness of being in exile in a sequel to Lajja

Nasreen writes about the inescapable loneliness of being in exile in a sequel to Lajja

Taslima Nasreen's new novel exposes the hypocrisies of Kolkata, the distrust and hatred that exists between Hindus and Muslims (Bloomberg)

Book Review- Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers; Discordant notes

Entering complicated territory, TM Krishna examines the role of caste in Carnatic music through the prism of a veda vadyam

Book Review: Jeet Thayil’s new novel ‘Low’ is a poem of nothingness

Reading Jeet Thayil’s latest novel Low, Johan Sebastian Bach’s iconic composition The Chaconne suddenly came to mind.

The novel soars when the narrative shifts to their lives.

A life less ordinary: Musings on Indian society and politics

Ananthamurthy was also fascinated by Ram Manohar Lohia’s creative interpretation of Indian myths and politics.

In Ananthamurthy’s final years, academic-translator Chandan Gowda recorded a long conversation with him over many sessions on a wide range of issues.

Book Review- Shadow City: A Woman Walks Kabul; Subtle dive into history

The theatre of conflict, a witness to treacherous ploys, perched in a valley between the Hindukush mountains, is also an ancient city with a rich history and culture that have been badly mutated over the period.

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Prelude to a Riot | A promise of a novel that falters with its narrative

The narrative that develops through soliloquies delves deep into their inner world.

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The Far Field | A mature debut that revels in its simplicity and subtlety

A friend of Shalini’s father, he makes a sudden appearance at the end and has unexpected, perhaps unwarranted, sex with her before betraying her.

A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There | Significant historical work that needs to be approached afresh

Four years on, reading its English translation, A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There, by Daisy Rockwell, I realise that I did well to restrict myself to a few polite sentences. For, not only Rockwell’s translation has transforme

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First They Erased Our Name | A Rohingya’s chilling memoir

A Rohingya’s chilling memoir brings forth anxieties and phobias faced by many across the globe in the name of nationalism, race and religion

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Permanent Record: The memoir of the most famous whistleblower of our times – Edward Snowden

Modern pollution is what Snowden terms the records of our lives imprinted in various devices that surround us

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Quichotte: Don, in search of the novel

Exactly four centuries later, Salman Rushdie arrives with his fourteenth novel, Quichotte, a variation on Cervantes’s masterpiece.

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Babu Bangladesh – book review: A missing protogonist, a dead author and a nation in turmoil

Born in the mid-1970s, a period when his newly-born country Bangladesh was undergoing a violent turmoil, Numair Atif Choudhury went on to obtain a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Book Review: Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh tackles climate change in his latest novel, but the burden of superfluous details and lack of ideas leave the reader unmoved

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Book Review – Battling for India: A Citizen’s Reader by Githa Hariharan and Salim Yusufji

Edited by Githa Hariharan and Salim Yusufji, Battling For India: A Citizen’s Reader is a collection of articles, essays, interviews and poems by writers and intellectuals during the period to address these concerns.

Journeys | Life and work of a writer who left mark on several genres

Going through a selection of Ramanujan’s diary, one wonders not only at the entries included, but also about the ones left out

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Mouth Full of Blood| An exploration of psychological causes that push women to the margins

Sexism & racism in society apart, Toni Morrison’s new book is also an exploration of psychological causes that push women to the margins

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The Fate of Butterflies| Novel gives us warning of the ominous times ahead

Nayantara Sahgal’s new novel attempts to give us a warning of the ominous times ahead

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Black Leopard and Red Wolf: The ambitious novel falters along its edge

The ambitious new novel of Booker-winner author Marlon James falters along its edges.

Radical Ambedkar: Analysing divergent personas of the leader

The book has been edited by academicians Suraj Yengde and Anand Teltumbde.

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Book Review: ‘killing Commendatore’ by Haruki Murakami

Famed for creating mystical worlds, Haruki Murakami may leave the reader dissatisfied with his latest novel about a portrait artist

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