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.


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.

Annie Zaidi Gulab

Book Review: Gulab

Annie Zaidi takes the tropes of the conventional ghost story and breathes new life into them.

The Lives of Others

Book Review: The Lives of Others

Mukherjee writes with subtlety and intelligence, never quite allowing any of his characters to assume a moral authority.

Mirages of the Mind

Book Review: Mirages of the Mind

Mushtaq Ahmed Yosufi’s novel captures the overpowering sense of nostalgia that erupted in the Indian subcontinent after the partition.

Brahma Dreaming

Book Review: Brahma Dreaming

As an introduction to the world of Hindu tales for the uninitiated, John Jackson’s book is a fascinating read.

Gone with the Vindaloo

Book Review: Gone with the Vindaloo

Vikram Nair’s debut novel is humorous and unpretentious; a book that celebrates life in all its natural flavours.