Tharoor’s Threat to the INGLORIOUS EMPIRE

Who would have thought that the Empire will write back and that too, so vigorously? Shashi Tharoor's indomitable academic spirit has countered the vainglorious British Imperialism courageously in many pseudo-battles and brought defeat on it with his double-edged arguments. His toilsome research has given the modern Indian a wonderful chance to assess the authentic history... Continue Reading →

  James Baldwin, when he wrote it, was a struggling black author yet how he managed to write the novella from the perspective of a white-skinned blonde American in a first person narrative, is a difficult question to answer. Part of the novella's charm lies in deception and no wonder, a reader willing to be... Continue Reading →

সঞ্জীব চট্টোপাধ্যায়ের সদ্য পুরস্কৃত বই বাজারে বিকোচ্ছে হটকেকের মতো। সাহিত্য আকাদেমির ট্যাগ ঝোলানো বই বাঙালির নজরে না পড়ে যায় কোথায়! সেই বইয়েরই এক পাঠকের কাঁচামিঠে-টকঝাল-নোনতা অভিজ্ঞতা শোনা যাক। লিখছেন সিদ্ধার্থ দে।   সঞ্জীববাবু সাহিত্য অকাদেমি পেয়েছেন শুনে অধিকাংশ বাঙালি পাঠক ভাতঘুম ভাঙা গলায় বলেছিলো, "ও মা, সে কি! এতদিন পান নি বুঝি!!" আমার মনে হয় পুরস্কার... Continue Reading →

HOT MILK: Good for You?

Judging the sizzling cover image and the interesting title many make mistakes about the content. But the plot in the book reflects the unmistakeable coldness of our frozen lives. Yet the warmth of writing is felt across the pages always. Sayanti Mukherjee calculates the latent heat in Hot Milk.  Deborah Levy sets her story in sun-glazed... Continue Reading →

ANTICIPATION: Books of 2019

Every new year comes with a bucket, full of promises for a book-lover. We readers, by the general habit of our nature, read throughout the whole year only to reach the next reading year. New books, new covers, and perhaps new authors. There are just so many books to look forward to - from historical... Continue Reading →

FLIGHTS: Booking and the Book

What is FLIGHTS but an assortment of sorts-- a foray into the gap, the void between literary genres? Sudip Bhattacharya attempts to unfurl the myriad folds that make Olga Tokarczuk's book a uniquely delightful read.   Flights first gives you the impression of a cheaply printed travelogue. The covers are thin and brittle and the... Continue Reading →

Deserted in The Dark Room

Knowledge is bliss indeed but at times, it can turn out to be a blizzard that ruffles the feathers you have carefully arranged throughout your life. And it may take the rest of your time to gather the scattered feathers you dearly loved. Overweening desire to uncover precious truth creates varied versions of new age... Continue Reading →

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