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Lawley Road by R.K. Narayan

Lawley Road by R.K. Narayan

When Calcutta was rechristened as Kolkata and Bangalore as Bengalaru, I could hardly fathom the logic behind this penchant of local Governments to rename well-known cities to bring lingual flavor in their names (perhaps, to garner more votes), sacrificing the age old identity associated with the earlier names. I am […]

by June 21, 2012 Review
An Astrologer’s Day by R.K. Narayan

An Astrologer’s Day by R.K. Narayan

Whether it is a celebrated wedding, a joyful birthday, a sober bhoomi poojan or a fervent religious prayer, in India, no auspicious ceremony can be performed without consulting an astrologer. Unless and until the learned Jyotishi opens his plethora of books, makes intricate calculations and is able to place all […]

by June 5, 2012 Review
Talkative Man by R.K. Narayan

Talkative Man by R.K. Narayan

I emphasized upon the aptness of R.K. Narayan’s novels in my previous review. I have always felt that he cleverly gives a hint of what to expect in the novel in the title itself. More often than not, title signifies the name or dominating trait or the profession of the […]

by June 4, 2012 Review
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