Articles by: Anupama Sarkar

The Man Eater of Malgudi by R.K. Narayan

The Man Eater of Malgudi by R.K. Narayan

When I was a kid, my mother used to tell me the story of Bhasmasura, a Rakshasa (demon) who was granted a boon by Lord Shiva that he could turn anyone into ashes by simply placing his hand on the head of his victim. Bhasmasura was evil by nature and […]

by May 25, 2012 Review
A Town Called Malgudi by R.K. Narayan

A Town Called Malgudi by R.K. Narayan

As a kid, I regularly watched Malgudi Days, laughing at the antics of Swami, delighted with the slow-paced, contented lives of Malgudi residents. In fact, it was etched in my memory as a beautiful, small town in South India. When I visited Madurai, I wondered if this was the real […]

by May 23, 2012 Review
The Case of The Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

The Case of The Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

A maidservant employed by a high profile lawyer, Kasliwal goes missing from his house. Mrs. Kasliwal is a hard employer, known to be severe with her servants, and the lawyer himself is a promiscuous man, suspected by police to have molested and murdered the young girl, Mary. Is the lawyer […]

by May 22, 2012 Review
One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni

A shaken War veteran, an embittered husband-wife, a jaded grandmother with her rebellious grand daughter, a victim of communal hatred, a dreamy eyed young Indian girl and a couple of Visa Officers – what do you think would happen if they are locked in the basement of a building, with […]

by May 20, 2012 Review

Mahatma Gandhi

As I read The story of My Experiments with Truth, the real man behind the moniker of Mahatma became alive. Gandhiji had many great people like Leo Tolstoy, Swami Vivekanand and Rabindranath Tagore as his contemporaries. And, as expected from a clever bania, he made full use of the good […]

by May 17, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom
Letters from A Father to His Daughter by Jawaharlal Nehru

Letters from A Father to His Daughter by Jawaharlal Nehru

Yesterday, as I was cleaning my cupboard, I found ‘Letters from a Father to his Daughter’ lying among my old books. The very first sight of the book reminded me that I had got it when I was just twelve years old. However, I overlooked the book as it felt […]

by May 16, 2012 Review
The Story of My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography by M.K. Gandhi

The Story of My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography by M.K. Gandhi

Tears welled up in my eyes, as I read about the devastated lives of tailors during emergency in ‘A Fine Balance’ and about the peaks and valleys dented by partition and politics in Baksh’s life in ‘A Long Walk Home’. Politics indeed seemed a dirty world, out to make lives […]

by May 14, 2012 Review

Rohinton Mistry

Rohinton Mistry’s ‘A Fine Balance’ had some real gems hidden in his engaging narrative, and I just can’t stop myself from sharing it with all. Have a look: 1. “Flirting with madness was one thing; when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing off.” 2. […]

by May 10, 2012 Pearls of Wisdom