Reviews

Book Review: No Straight Thing Was Ever Made

This collection of essays by Urvashi Bahuguna is likely to be a source of comfort, awareness, and reassurance for anyone who has struggled with their own—or a loved one’s—mental illness.

Film Review: Eeb Allay Ooo!

The sounds that make up the title of Prateek Vats’s Eeb Allay Ooo! resonate through its length.

Book Review: Along With the Sun

Water, scarcity, and poetic description tussle for attention in this anthology of Tamil Karisal literature from the 1980s.

Is Love Enough? Sir

Film Review: Is Love Enough? Sir

In Rohena Gera’s Is Love Enough? Sir, the home, closed off from prying, judgemental eyes, is also an empathetic space, allowing conversations and the forging of a connection that could not have developed or existed outside of it.

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.