Filigree from Gold and Silver

SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS by Kanishk Tharoor.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.  239 pages. Kanishk Tharoor is both a nomadic writer and a city-dweller.  Currently making New York his home, Tharoor, as evidenced by his imaginative writing, is equally at home in other...
Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Jhumpa Lahiri.  The Clothing of Books.  Vintage Books, 2017, 72 pages. In India, you are sure to encounter students in uniforms on their way to school—youngsters wearing pressed white, grey, or blue cottons, sometimes set off by a solid or striped tie, almost always...
Clarion Call to Creative Climate Action

Clarion Call to Creative Climate Action

Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. By Amitav Ghosh. University of Chicago Press, September 2016. 196 pages. The Great Derangement is an important corrective in the oft-polarized dialog on climate change. Rather than take sides on the American...
Reincarnations

Reincarnations

INCARNATIONS: INDIA IN 50 LIVES by Sunil Khilnani.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.  444 pages. Release date: September 20th 2016. I raced back to the table of contents after reading the opening paragraph of Sunil Khilnani’s engaging Incarnations: “India’s history is...
Unsentimental Seasons

Unsentimental Seasons

THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS by Sunjeev Sahota. Knopf, 2016. 484 pages. Hardcover $18.74   I have grown up in parts of the world that have memorable seasons: Rajasthan with its summer “Loo,” a dry, hot wind that is the very opposite of a gentle summer breeze; Bombay with...