Reviews

Aliyyah Eniath The Yard

Book Review: The Yard

Most of what happens in Aliyyah Eniath’s debut novel will be deeply familiar to readers that have grown up up in a large joint family themselves.

One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator

Book Review: One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator

An ambitious collection of stories by Manoj Kumar Panda that attempts to tell neglected but significant tales centred around death.

Urmila

Book Review: Urmila

The loss of love is at the heart of the story that Pervin Saket would like to tell with her debut novel Urmila.

Mahesh Rao

Book Review: One Point Two Billion

The characters in Mahesh Rao’s collection of stories are haunted by a world just beyond their reach.

Ghachar Ghochar

Book Review: Ghachar Ghochar

Vivek Shanbhag’s novel looks hard at the nouveau rich in India and the consequences of wealth on relationships with the community, in-laws, work ethic, and morality.

The Meaning of a Woman

Walking Towards Ourselves, Catriona Mitchell’s compilation of stories about and by Indian women, does not see the struggles of women in the country as being too privileged, specific, or personal.

Film Review: Court

Chaitanya Tamhane’s acclaimed film Court is a study in how people present themselves to the world.

Drawing the Line

Out of the Box

In Zubaan Books’ Drawing the Line anthology, the hero is the everywoman and her contained, quiet rage against the system.

Masaan

The Mortal Envelope

In Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan, sex is young and brand new; it is curiosity and desire all wound up in wires and technology and Facebook and computers. Death, in contrast, is old and ceaseless and long.

Meera Syal

Book Review: The House of Hidden Mothers

In her latest novel, Meera Syal grapples with an eye-wideningly long list of capital-I Issues.

Murder with Bengali Characteristics

Book Review: Murder with Bengali Characteristics

Jokes aside, there is something to be said about this novel’s failure to work as a murder mystery.

Book Review: Seahorse

In Janice Pariat’s debut novel Seahorse, time is tethered to love, to obsessions, to personal myths.