Reviews

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.

Book Review: Things We Found During the Autopsy

In Kuzhali Manickavel’s stories, readers are refused a comfortable distance from the narrative, and find themselves directly implicated.

A Murder on Malabar Hill

Book Review: A Murder on Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey’s novel is best described by Dirk Gently’s maxim that to solve a crime, one must investigate the society in which it takes place.

I Am a Troll

Book Review: I Am a Troll

A worthy venture into the deep, dark world of Indian cyber-terrorism that should attract more detailed investigations and the placement of legal safeguards online.

Slow Startle

Book Review: Slow Startle

Rohan Chhetri does not make any bones about the fact that Slow Startle is a book about death.

We That Are Young

Book Review: We That Are Young

Preti Taneja’s Delhi contains sustained subterranean anger, abundant misogyny, and the superficial glory of unimaginable wealth.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Book Review: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Balli Kaur Jaswal’s third novel deals with honour killings, vigilante community policing, murder, forbidden love, and a lot more.