Books

Ain’t No Brown In the British Crown

Ain’t No Brown In the British Crown

The original title of this review was intended to reflect hope.  I had already written the opening sentence of the review: “Be wary of dismissing the sweetness of one persimmon because a different one, albeit still a fruit called by the same name, has left a bitter...
Kolam: Heritage On The Doorstep

Kolam: Heritage On The Doorstep

Heritage art, mythological meaning, visual artistry, mathematical calculation, and environmental awareness are all wrapped up into the innocuous kolam that sits on the front steps of any home in southern India. Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan in her book, “Feeding a Thousand...
Contemporary Romance With Simi K. Rao

Contemporary Romance With Simi K. Rao

A little while ago, I was craving to read  a “good” romance novel, something interesting and different. Looking through my Kindle, I chanced upon Inconvenient Relations, a contemporary romance with a fun twist on arranged marriage. Since it was my first book by the...
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...
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...