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Book Review: Urban Shots Yuva, edited by Lipi Mehta

When it comes to short stories, it’s very difficult to judge the book. Each author has their own style, some of them work, and some of them do not. I’ve not been a big fan of the Urban Shots series of anthologies, having read one quite a while back but this one felt different. Perhaps what appealed was the kind of stories, more realistic and more intense than the one I had read. As with anthologies, I cannot give a comprehensive review of each story, but I share my thoughts on the favorites from the collection. Continue reading “Book Review: Urban Shots Yuva, edited by Lipi Mehta”

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Book Review: The Tusk That Did the Damage, by Tania James

To take a sensitive issue and write a wonderful story on it is not easy. Tania James has taken the illegal ivory trade as the issue and produced this story, The Tusk That Did the Damage. The novel, unique in its subject, is also unique in that it tells the story from three different viewpoints, and leaving the reader (me) thinking that all three make sense. Continue reading “Book Review: The Tusk That Did the Damage, by Tania James”

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Book Review: Sights & Sounds of the World, by Khushwant Singh

Books help us to travel without actually leaving the place where we’re reading it. It’s even truer when the book in question is a travelogue. Like some books are found in the most unexpected of places, I found this one hiding between two reference books at the library. I might have let it pass by, but for the author. Khushwant Singh is a name known to most book lovers in India, and one who I have enjoyed reading. I hadn’t read a travelogue from this man, and I thought it might be a worthy read. Continue reading “Book Review: Sights & Sounds of the World, by Khushwant Singh”

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Book Review: The Essential Rumi (Poems by Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks)

Poetry is fascinating because it has simplicity in depth and depth in simplicity. True, not all poets manage to do that with every poem. An exception I can think of is the great Gulzar sir. I found that in his recent collection. One who brings the latter definition is Rumi. Continue reading “Book Review: The Essential Rumi (Poems by Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks)”