Books

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...
A Timeless Family Tale

A Timeless Family Tale

Ghachar Ghochar, Vivek Shanbhag, Translated by Srinath Perur, 2017, 128 pages, Penguin Books, USA. I was thinking about Malati—why did she reveal avarice for money like this? What a crass display of newfound wealth, I mused. I shook myself out of my reverie after a...
A Tale Within A Tale

A Tale Within A Tale

The Last Kaurava, Kamesh Ramakrishna.   Frog Books, 2015, 536 pages. The Mahabharata is an epic tale of tales stacked one onto another like Russian babushka dolls, woven against the dramatic meta-tale of feuding families in ancient northern India. There are no...
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...
Chaos of Events

Chaos of Events

The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India 2016. Jon Wilson.  Publisher: Public Affairs 586 pp. $18.56 Written history has a way of neatly packaging its chapters for convenience and understanding. And so you have the history of the Mughals, the...
The Food We Eat

The Food We Eat

Other Avenues Are Possible By Shanta Nimnark Sacharoff. PM Press. Available as paperback.amazon.com When I moved to the Bay Area in the 90s I came across a book called Flavors of India by Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff. I was intrigued by the recipes as they were Indian but...