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Book Review: The Fifth Man, by Bani Basu, translated by Arunava Sinha

I think the most interesting aspect of humanity is relationships. Friends, siblings, lovers… whatever it may be. Some books bring that aspect of life to life and explore it very well. One such book is The Fifth Man by Bani Basu. It revolves around Ari, who is Neelam’s husband. Neelam’s hysterectomy changes their relationship between her and Ari. Fate conspires to bring the duo, their college professor Mahanam and Ari’s ex-girlfriend Esha together, testing their relationship even further. Continue reading “Book Review: The Fifth Man, by Bani Basu, translated by Arunava Sinha”

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Book Review: Green Poems, by Gulzar

“On the branches of these wild plants
Some words occasionally sprout
But never a full poem . . .”

It’s not that hard to imagine a poem sprouting on the branch of a plant actually. Nature has been, is and will continue to be inspiration for poetry; the connection that a poet feels with it is at times indescribable. I’ve been a fan of the brilliant Gulzar and his poetry for quite a while now, and the way he looks at things is quite different, quite profound. With this collection, Green Poems, he puts that different viewpoint of his on nature. His original verse in Hindi is accompanied by Pavan K Varma’s translations. Continue reading “Book Review: Green Poems, by Gulzar”

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Book Review — Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras, by Maitreyee B Chowdhury

Poetry is food for the soul. At least, it is for mine. It is my belief that poetry can tell stories too. That’s the notion the book “Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras” has. It tells little stories that makes us who we are, or so says the blurb. The book looks to show us that bit of the city of Benaras that the poet believes is there in each Indian. Continue reading “Book Review — Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras, by Maitreyee B Chowdhury”

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Book Review: Sceadu, by Prashant Pinge

Fantasy is a genre that, for me, needs magic not only in the storyline but also in the narration of the novel itself. It’s that magic which endears it to the reader, and makes novels like the Harry Potter series or The Hobbit enjoyable. I’ve read very few in the genre from Indian authors who write in English, so when the author approached me for reviewing this book, I only slightly hesitated before accepting it. Continue reading “Book Review: Sceadu, by Prashant Pinge”

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Book Review: It Happens for a Reason, by Preeti Shenoy

Preeti Shenoy is one of India’s most popular writers. She’s back with her newest novel, “It Happens For A Reason”. I have read every book of hers, and she has this knack of keeping the readers interested in the tale. I picked up her latest novel hoping that that hadn’t changed. Continue reading “Book Review: It Happens for a Reason, by Preeti Shenoy”