The Twice Born by Aatish Taseer – Honest Review

‘Everywhere one saw signs of beauty, such as talent and genius, fighting their way out from an encroaching ugliness; a shade giving Peepul tree, its trunk bandaged in red religious threads, evoked the memory of something old and attractive, even when it was engulfed in brown smoke and traffic; a temple tank , its litter-strewn surface a deep inviting green, sought to bring tranquillity to the slum neighbourhood that had sprung up around it; a woman in a shimmering sari of pink and gold, dripping with bangles and jewelry, stood in open slippers in a verge of wet black mud.’  Continue Reading

JCB Prize 2018 Shortlist – Year’s Best of Indian Writing

Five greatest novels of 2018 demonstrate the universal ambition of contemporary Indian fiction The JCB Prize for Literature’s inaugural shortlist of five distinguished novels by Indian writers was announced today. Varied in their themes and settings, the novels nonetheless share an ambition: to reveal as-yet-undiscovered worlds through powerfully drawn scenes and characters. Launched earlier this year, the JCB Prize for Literature was open for entries until May 31st2018. On September 5th, after months of reading and evaluation, the jury announced a long list of ten novels. All of which displayed a great diversity of contemporary Indian writing.  After that, the Continue Reading

A Historical Evening at The Book Shop

An evening with William Dalrymple -historian, writer, curator, critic. An exploration of Koh-i-Noor, and why it continues to remain something that both nations and individuals deeply care about.  The fact that The Book Shop in the Jor Bagh market is a quaint, little (literally) charming, overflowing with books, shop; mandated a registration and a curated guest list for the event! A meeting the writer, curator, critic, historical narrative writer and history revivalist, William Dalrymple was on the cards. Once there, in his signature white cotton or is it mull…Pathani suit, he was greeted by an impromptu  applause, also for his arrival on time, Continue Reading

A Personal, Global History

There’s something about a book borne out of a promise at a social meet. Such as the one, that stemmed out of Moin mir’s catching up with the publisher.  The book, a 200+ -pager, Surat –Fall of a Port, Rise of a Prince, Roli Books, unearths nuggets of Surti history, previously unheard of, – charting the course of the east India company and its machinations in their dealings with the nawabs and rulers of Surat.  Mirroring the Past… The Portuguese and the Dutch stamp on Surat finds negligible mention except perhaps at the book’s nascent stage.  Surat- a port that held commercial maritime promise squashed Continue Reading

Cooking by the Book!

#TheInsiderFood When I have two things to cook – I choose the main course and dessert! And you? I find cooking therapeutic and when a pre-teen is at home to help you around, it’s a job done in a jiffy! On the menu Kung Pao Fish Brazilian Brigadeiros My only substitute was for the Hoisin sauce… Leave a comment if you want to know what! It’s simple as hell! The next one is going to be- Tiramisu style Nutella Mousse! The book is courtesy @rolibooks and have to say I am loving it! But, no substitute for the chef’s imagination…agree? Continue Reading