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Sunday, October 07, 2007
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In spite of an Indo-Pak angle to the Man Booker Prize, this year’s shortlist is notably thin.
Stories about American Born Confused Desis and Fresh off the Boats and other categories of Indians abroad. Instant Karma; Anil C.S. Rao, Outskirts Press, $20.95.
FACE TO FACE
In the skin of a lion
Michael Ondaatje on his new book Divisadero, the art of editing and what’s currently blowing the top of his head off.
Reading for pleasure
Open letter to Sir Naipaul
Forgive me for not calling you Sir Vidia. Somehow, that doesn’t trip off my tongue easily. Perhaps it is the democratic ethos of our country. Or perhaps, as you say about most things, it’s all a matter of identity. In any case, I ...
Dark side of bibliomania
The Book Thief is a fascinating tale of the theft of rare books and manuscripts and the thief’s eventual capture and trial.
The officer who commands
How ‘captain’ came to mean what it does in both the military and civilian worlds.
Going strong at 60
Sound of silence
To Mr. and Mrs. Dutt, with love
Davidar’s story, like his narrator, is devoid of charm or chutzpah and it can do with a little of both.
The story of a journalist’s fiery baptism and life-long career in international reporting.
Taste of freedom
Vigorous, high-voltage, bruising poetry on the festering innards of Mumbai.
Grains of goodness
Janaki Venkataraman’s translation retains the earthy essence of Parthasarathy’s work.
Power of three
A delightful first novel about the politics of language, the body and the grammar of gender.
New improved Zen
Despite an unremarkable plot, Aurelio Zen continues to woo readers.
Dreams and denial
This is a novel that deals entirely with internal life.
Grappling with fear and loss
A subdued yet compelling read.
Memories in song
A prodigal son’s elliptical journey
Glimpses into rural Kerala
An absorbing first attempt.
This collection is a useful reminder of the literary heritage that belongs to both India and Pakistan.
Between convention and change
A chronicle of three generations of women caught between tradition and modernity.
A rattling good yarn
Bourne’s book is a gripping page-turner but it is difficult to sustain over 500 pages.
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