Books

A Memoir That Works

A Memoir That Works

Kalpana Mohan’s memoir about her father in his last days – Daddykins: A Memoir of my Father and I worked its way into my mind slowly. A vague restlessness with the seemingly slow pace of the book initially gave way to a quiet feeling of empathy and deep...
Kolkata Chicken Biryani

Kolkata Chicken Biryani

  Taste of Eastern India by Kankana Saxena, food blogger and photographer. Biryani is a labor of love. It needs time and attention, which is why I consider it a weekend meal. When you finally open the tight lid and the aroma releases, you will find it worth all the...
Couples, Doors, Houses

Couples, Doors, Houses

For several decades I’ve been reviewing books, and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of reading them so that I could share them with the readers of India Currents.  But with that joy came neglect; if a book’s publication date was more than a year or two old, I would skip...
In Top 20 Kindle Bestsellers: The Storyteller’s Secret

In Top 20 Kindle Bestsellers: The Storyteller’s Secret

An excerpt from the novel – The Storyteller’s Secret – by Sejal Badami – has debuted to being in the TOP 20 among Amazon Kindle bestsellers. When you read the excerpt below, you will know why – fluid narrative that draws you in. “‘Mankind...
India’s Celebrity Authorpreneur: Chetan Bhagat

India’s Celebrity Authorpreneur: Chetan Bhagat

I have to confess that I became familiar with Chetan Bhagat only after seeing the movie Three Idiots in 2009, although his first novel Five Point Someone had been published in 2004. After watching the movie, I proceeded to read many of his books on my trips to India...
Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

MAGIC SEEDS by V.S. Naipaul. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover, 288 pages. $25.00. Magic Seeds is the second half of Half a Life, V.S. Naipaul’s novel written just before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Although the two books together do not stitch...