S.Hussain Zaidi with Jane Borges.
Publisher Tranquebar Press
For most of us, crime is more interesting than spiritual reading.
The book is about ordinary women, and their conversion to extra-ordinary power figures in an environment that most of refuse to even acknowledge exists.
From the Doyen of Dongri to Jenabai Daaruwali, to Tarrannum Khan the dancer at the Deepa Bar who minted money on cricket the books, takes us through the lives of these women, presenting their debut into the crime-world, to their rise. Gangubai of Kamathipura, The avenging angel Sapna Didi, Simpering gangster’s moll Monica Bedi, all present their defence. Without an attorney.
Despite the documentary like treatment the life of these women are very engrossing from a voyeuristic view.
Author: Anand Neelakantan
Publisher: platinum Press.
First time author Anand Neelakantan, treads the murky waters of telling the tale of the Ravana, here neither Rama nor Ravana are heroes, Ravana is the protagonist.
The book is a fiction based on the stock characters from Ramayana. The tale is narrated through the Ravana and Bhadra an asura who is positioned as the darker side of Ravana. Ravana is a wannabe idealistic hero, but in Anand’s tale he is neither the personification of evil as pictured by Tulsidas nor he is the well-educated non-Aryan leader of the Jain and Buddhist tales, neither is the heroic uddata nayaka of southern folklore, Ravana here appears as a whining, looser.
The story is well presented, and the book is quite difficult to put down. The last three chapters do drag a bit.
Over all a good book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anand Neelakantan is first time author. Growing up in the temple surroundings at Kerala Ramayana fascinated Anand more so the anti-hero Ravana and his magical land. An Engineer with Indian Oil corporation lives at Bangalore with his wife Aparna daughter Ananya and son Abhinav.
The greatest show on Earth,
Edited by Jerry Pinto
The charmed world of Indian Cinema. With an introduction by the charming Jerry Pinto,
The book takes us through the world of Stars and the Star makers, movies and movie makers, the music and musicians, the film reporters, and the back office that creates the Movie tigers. Those who gather the spicy tit-bits of the stars and their sideshows. The book is interesting, informative and has some really spicy insights.
The relationship between Lata Mangeshkar and Raj Kapoor the movie maker and his muse who was immortalized in Satyam Shivam Sundaram.
The two sides of the movie Guide the writer and the movie maker.
Oh! Bunny Rueben I always thought was a woman, he turns out to be a man.
The mystery of Hema-Sanjeev-Jeetu and Dharam.
The book is chronicle of saga of the industry.
What is missing was the punch of Jerry Pinto’s personality.
Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai based Writer, Journalist and poet. His book Helen: The Life and Times of Bollywood H-bomb has been a national award winner for book on cinema.
Mistress of spices
Author: Chitra Divakaruni
Publishers: Anchor Books.
The novel tells the story of the expat Indian society through the tale of Tilo the mistress of who has transcended time and is now challenged by a forbidden love.
An attempt to be magical tantalizing and sensual the tale tells the story of Tilo, the rebel, who was initiated by rite of fire to become immortal, though in a gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman, she is the ordained mistress of the ancient secret power of spices. Tilo as I said has transcended time and is now in Oakland,where she administers cures for her customers. She is now at the crossroad of having to choose between the supernatural of an immortal life and the vicissitudes of modern life,
Somewhere the novel lacks the spice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Indian born author teaches creative writing at California and has won acclimation for her work. For more about her read http://www.chitradivakaruni.com
The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The secret of the Nagas
Author: Amish Tripati
Published by: Westland ltd.
The second in the trilogy promised by Amish, I have not the read the first one, but this has inspired me to read it. Believe me I regret reading the Immortals of Meluha it is a spoiler to this book.
Calling an amarachitra katha induced thriller is also belittling the author’s craft. Though I guess that is the nearest identification that our generation that grew on amarchitra katha can give it.
Amish has beautifully demystified the mythology making it very interesting. If I were to call it a mythological thriller I would be ignoring the imparting of philosophy.There are small notables like the opposite of love is not hate but apathy.
Though the IIM Alumnus has done a bit more homework this time round his lack of knowledge or deficiency in adaption comes through.
!.Till few years before Kautilya the education was vocational oriented, and the guru-kula kind of system. so question of village schools did not arise.
2.Kshatriya women marrying Brahmans, was acceptable but not the other way round.
Looking forward to reading the last book on this triology.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Amish Tripati an alumnus of IIM quit corporate world to write the triology.
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