Post archive for ‘Book Reviews’

Zubin Mehta: A Musical Journey by Bakhtiyar K. Dadabhoy- Review

  It’s pretty amazing to read about how the biographer, a high-ranking bureaucrat, untrained in music, who had never met with the master conductor, Zubin Mehta (except to pose for a fan-photo after a performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Delhi 1984) and who has authored books of completely disparate genres (The barons [...]

Being Salman by Jasim Khan

Raising a toast — with an empty glass   If you ever wanted to know what the real Salman Khan is like, then it’s unlikely that you will be so enlightened by reading this book, Being Salman, written by Delhi-based journalist, Jasim Khan. If, however, you are a true venerator of the star and want [...]

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts: Review

When the reader hears that a sequel of Shantaram is out, he is bound to be excited. What would the heroin addict and convicted bank robber-turned-author, who was also the main protagonist of the best-selling, fantastic novel, Shantaram dish up in the new book? However, just as Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman the sequel [...]

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels : Review

The book is the fictionalized story of the tumultuous and eventful life of Lev Termen one of the first people in the world to create an electronic musical instrument.  Termen is the inventor of the no-touch instrument, the theremin, which used those antennae to probe electrical fields for melody.  He also invented the first drum [...]

The Year of the Runaways- Sanjeev Sahota- Review

Starting Afresh in a New Land   The Year of the Runaways; Sunjeev Sahota, Picador India, 468 pages, Rs 599 When Salman Rushdie says about a book: All you can do is to surrender: happily, to its power”, the least that you would do is to pick up that book thus highly recommended by the [...]

Review: Baat Niklegi toh Phir by Sathya Saran

Notes of life, high and low Baat Niklegi toh Phir by Sathya Saran Many of us have lived through the times of the ascendancy of Jagjit Singh, the legend.  We have witnessed his rise  that began from the release of his LP ‘The Unforgettables’  and  have followed his fortunes, as he adopted the ghazal and [...]

The Heat and Dust Project: The Broke Couple’s Guide to Bharat- Saurav Jha, Devapriya Roy

A Dusty Slice of Life The Heat and Dust Project: The Broke Couple’s Guide to Bharat Saurav Jha, Devapriya Roy, Harper Collins, Price: Rs 250, Pages 304   One man, one woman; 500 rupees a day for bed and board; backpacks and adventure; breaking free from what is familiar and tedious to explore real lives [...]

The Brown Sahibs, Anupam Srivastav- Review

Of Valour and Patriotism! The Brown Sahibs, Anupam Srivastava, Vitasta, Rs 295; pages 302 There are some books that, like an effective play, want to make you stand up and applaud them. Srivastava’s book, though melodramatic in parts, is one of them, primarily because he’s been brave and nationalistic enough to write about the country [...]

Chander & Sudha (a passionate tale of star crossed lovers);Dharamvir Bharati- Review

A Story of Sacrifice, Suffering and Flawed Decisions Oh! The nostalgia of this novel! So sad, so sweet and so old fashioned yet the novel is as gripping as it must have been when it was printed in 1949. In fact, in all these years, the original Hindi version- Gunahon ka Devta- has never been [...]

The Brown Sahibs by Amitabh Bhatacharya: review

Of Valour and Patriotism The Brown Sahibs, Anupam Srivastava, Vitasta, Rs 295; pages 302 There are some books that, like an effective play, want to make you stand up and applaud them. Srivastava’s book, though melodramatic in parts, is one of them, primarily because he’s been brave and nationalistic enough to write about the country [...]