Nine Lives: Book Review by Asha Seth

The review is also available on Goodreads. Author: William Dalrymple| Genre: Non-Fiction | Pages: 275 The Plot: In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners of traditional forms of faith in contemporary India. For two months a year, a man in... Continue Reading →

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Sweet Neem: Book Review by Asha Seth

The review is also available on Goodreads. Author: Mohini Durgampudi| Genre: Fiction | Pages: 326 | Buy now Outline: Sri and Mia, come back from America to take on the family business of running a hotel in downtown Hyderabad. Three generations of a family thus get-together to relaunch brand Annapurna and work towards its sustainability... Continue Reading →

Elephants in the Room: Book Review by Asha Seth

The review is also available on Goodreads. Author: Suraj Laxminarayanan| Genre: Crime Fiction | Pages: 600 | Buy now Outline: A gang of amateur hoodlums plan a bank robbery as an escape to their larger-than-life miseries. What they failed to plan however is - what if a seasoned gang walks in the same day for... Continue Reading →

Eating Wasps: Book Review by Asha Seth

The review is also available on Goodreads. Author: Anita Nair| Genre: Fiction | Pages: 255 The Plot: In a small town by the river Nila, a thirty-five year old writer kills herself. No one knows why. Fifty-two years later, an antique cupboard in a private resort opens to reveal a frightened child. And the mystery... Continue Reading →

Love Trumps All: Book Review by Asha Seth

#MyThoughts: How far would you go following your dream? And would you retract after you've hit the pinnacle of success? Author: Sudarshan Mahabal| Genre: Fiction | Pages: 374 The Blurb: Anant Joshi, a dreamer who chases the American dream during Y2K rush and leapfrogs from a small Indian town to start-up innovative Silicon Valley venture.

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Dead to Them: Book Review by Asha Seth

#MyThoughts: A good suspense novel takes a lot more than the customary whodunnit twists. With all that and a lot more, 'Dead to Them' is as good as it can get for a debut novel. Author: Smita Bhattacharya| Genre: Suspense Thriller | Pages: 272 The Blurb: Moira Madhwa is the typical young, beautiful and successful... Continue Reading →

Demons in my Mind: Book Review by Asha Seth

#MyThoughts: Is the mind really responsible for all that one does? And how far can you go controlling your mind? 'Demons in my Mind' by Aashish Gupta has left me pondering with these thoughts. The Blurb: Are crimes and mental illness related? Is your mind under your control? Is your life an illusion created by... Continue Reading →

Delhi: A Novel: Book Review by Asha Seth

When I wanted to read a book on Indian History, someone had recommended this book. But I am sure there are better books on the subject than this. Because, of history, I am not sure. But Sex and Death you will get in plenty in Khushwant Singh's 'Delhi: A Novel'. In fact, you get a much... Continue Reading →

The Sensualist: Book Review by Asha Seth

I am ardent admirer of Ruskin Bond and try to read anything and everything he's written. This book was a welcome change from the customary Bond fiction. With The Sensualist, Ruskin Bond has ventured away from his stylist fiction that has won him tonnes of admirers and followers. Naturally, therefore, 'The Sensualist' caused quite some... Continue Reading →

Delhi is not far – An Excerpt

In Pipalnagar there is not exactly despair, but resignation, an indifference to both living and dying. The town is almost truly reflected in the Pipalnagar Home, where in an open courtyard surrounded by mud walls a score of mental patients wander about, listless and bored. A man jabbers excitedly, but most of the inmates are... Continue Reading →

The Sensualist – An Excerpt

He has produced a small chillum—a clay pipe—and filled it with the dried leaves of the cannabis plant. ‘No wonder you eat so little,’ I say. ‘It is mental food I require. Those few or many years ago of which I have told you, when I thought that by strengthening my mental powers I might... Continue Reading →

Delhi: An Excerpt

That leaves the Sikh journalist and the political expert. They are not getting along too well. The Sikh journalist arrives first, plucks a hair from his sparse beard and says ‘You are back! When?’ and orders coffee. The politician follows: ‘I thought all goondas have been rounded up,’ he says in lieu of greeting. The... Continue Reading →

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