Reviews

A Burning Megha Majumdar

Book Review: A Burning

An achingly real take on the affairs of 21st century India, A Burning traces three lives struggling against communal politics and fighting for social and economic mobility.

The Brown Anthology: Language

Words, Connections, Fences

The Brown Anthology: Language, the first release from artist-owned ૧૦:૧૦ Press, explores solidarities that are built on recognising that our roots and futures are tangled up in each other across disjunctions and continuities.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Book Review: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Deepa Anappara’s debut novel is vivid and deeply moving, plunging you into the distraught lives inhabiting a slum in a smog-heavy, unnamed Indian city.

The Cliffhangers

Book Review: The Cliffhangers

A coming-of-age tale, Sabin Iqbal’s debut novel is a nuanced blend of the personal and the political, set against the dreamy backdrop of a picturesque coastal village in Kerala.

A More Permanent Record

Achal Mishra’s Maithili-language film Gamak Ghar is pieced together from tangible and intangible relics from and of an earlier time and place.

Book Review: His Father’s Disease

Aruni Kashyap’s stories call for greater humility, acceptance of difference, and keeping our strongly held (maybe even ill-formed) opinions about others to ourselves.

Kumbalangi Nights

Film Review: Kumbalangi Nights

Facial hair plays an important role in Madhu C. Narayanan’s Kumbalangi Nights, a film that brings to the surface the perils inherent in popular notions of masculinity.

Celestial Bodies

Book Review: Celestial Bodies

Jokha Alharthi’s Man Booker International Prize-winning novel employs elaborate and poetic prose as it gazes into Oman’s cultural bounty.

Milk Teeth Amrita Mahale

Book Review: Milk Teeth

Amrita Mahale’s debut novel takes you on an engaging journey through the crowded streets and tiresome middle-class hypocrisy of ’90s Bombay.

Stray Dolls

Film Review: Stray Dolls

The path to the American dream is paved with nightmares in Sonejuhi Sinha’s Stray Dolls, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.

Tishani Doshi

Book Review: Small Days and Nights

In its lyrical, deconstructed form, Tishani Doshi’s latest novel tells the story of big things that happen in small places.

Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat

Book Review: Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat

Perumal Murugan’s latest novel is not primarily allegorical, but accords animalkind the dignity and depth of feelings that they are rarely manifested with in literature.