Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man

  Title: Straight to Normal Author: Sharif D. Rangnekar Genre: Autobiographical/ LGBT Publisher: Rupa Publications   “Homosexuality is a natural variant of human sexulity. A person’s sexual orientation is intrinsic to their being. It is connected with their individuality, and identity. A classification which discriminates between persons based on their innate nature, would be violative of their fundamental rights, and cannot withstand the test of constitutional … Continue reading Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man

Calcutta Under Fire

  Title: Calcutta Under Fire- The Second World War Years Author: David Lockwood Genre: Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publication   The Second World War was the most important phase in the history of India as well as the world. Calcutta Under Fire explores the different political and humanitarian aspects when Kolkata was affected by the war and the Japanese ironically sided with INA led by Netaji … Continue reading Calcutta Under Fire

Murder in the Monastery

Title: Murder in the Monastery Author: Barun Chanda Publisher: Rupa Publications Murder in the Monastery is a thriller by senior actor Barun Chanda which begins on a very interesting note dealing with a detective on a vacation in a hill station that gets extended because of a lost manuscript which contains confidential information about Buddhism and Christianity. It explores the controversy of Jesus Christ spending … Continue reading Murder in the Monastery

Lutyens’ Maverick

  Title: Lutyens’ Maverick Author: Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda Publisher: Rupa Publications   Lutyens’ Maverick  is a collection of short essays by the author who has served in the Parliament for 18 long years and has the rare distinction of being elected twice each to the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The book is divided into six sections and ranges from topics like reservation for … Continue reading Lutyens’ Maverick

Satyajit’s Heroes and Heroines: A Travel Through Time

  Title: Satyajit Ray’s Heroes & Heroines Author: Amitava Nag Genre: Film, Non-fiction Publisher: Rupa Publications   Despite being a movie buff, I’ve never really understood or even tried to understand the intricacies of cinema. I mainly watch films for entertainment and hoping for a plot which makes me think. Growing up in Bengal, I saw that if there was someone who was worshipped after … Continue reading Satyajit’s Heroes and Heroines: A Travel Through Time

Essential Vivekananda: Not a Review

  “The highest things are under your feet, because you are Divine Stars; all these things are under your feet. You can swallow the stars by the handful if you want; such is your real nature. Be strong, get beyond all superstitions and be free.” – (The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. VIII)     As the child of parents who were the disciples … Continue reading Essential Vivekananda: Not a Review

Tete-a-tete with Mukhpreet Khurana

The team of Bookpreneur recently got me a chance to interview the author of Unlocked Silences, Mukhpreet Khurana as a part of their Unlocked Silences digital Book Tour. I hope you enjoy reading the answers as much as I did: What/Who inspired you to write the book? Are they different inspirations behind every single poem in it? Unlocked Silences is inspired by companionship in its … Continue reading Tete-a-tete with Mukhpreet Khurana

What Is the Life Of a Soldier Worth?

Kashmir has been an issue which has always been very close to my heart, As an Indian who does believe that the valley is rightfully a part of our country, I have always echoed the concerns of multiple human rights group who have drawn our attention towards the excesses on the civilians and would continue to do so. However, there is another side to the … Continue reading What Is the Life Of a Soldier Worth?

Cut: The Death And Life of a Theatre Activist

“All your life you fought my wars, Wore my victories as a crown of thorns, All your life you swallowed my salt tears, Camouflaged my bloodied cuts”     Title: Cut Author: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu Publisher: Bloomsbury Genre: Fiction   I’ve always been a fan of the fiery feminist that Sreemoyee Piu Kundu is. This time I also fell in love with the author. Cut … Continue reading Cut: The Death And Life of a Theatre Activist

The Accidental Prime Minister: Book vs Movie

Trends make you do a lot of things these days. What it made me do was watch the movie The Accidental prime Minister first and then, when not satisfied with it (what on earth made me believe that I would be happy with a movie version of an existing book), I picked up the much discussed book by Sanjaya Baru for a first-hand account. I am … Continue reading The Accidental Prime Minister: Book vs Movie

Draupadi: The Tale of an Empress

  Title: Draupadi The Tale of An Empress Author: Saiswaroopa Iyer Publisher: Rupa Publications Genre: Fiction   The Mahabharata, besides being two of the world’s four major epics, is an immortal tale that only gets refreshed with time. It asks questions like what is true dharma. Draupadi certainly is one of the most magnanimous female characters ever created in Indian literature. She is the woman … Continue reading Draupadi: The Tale of an Empress

Dark Blossom

  Title: Dark Blossom Author: Neel Mullick Genre: Fiction Publisher: Rupa Publications   Blurb: Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son’s thirteenth birthday and is looking forward to being with his family when his world is cruelly shattered in one  swoop. Initially he thinks he can cope with the loss, but finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist, … Continue reading Dark Blossom

The Paradoxical Prime Minister

  Title: The Paradoxical Prime Minister Author: Shashi Tharoor Genre: Politics Publisher: Aleph Book Company   This New Year I picked up two things- the resolve to read the newspaper everyday without a miss and The Paradoxical Prime Minister as my first read for the year. I don’t know how good a decision it was to begin the year with two things that clearly suggest how … Continue reading The Paradoxical Prime Minister

The Not-So-Sassy Tharoor

I remember feeling super proud on a  weekday in a civics class in middle school when I discovered Shashi Tharoor’s name in the otherwise boring chapter titled ‘United Nations’  as we skimmed through various non-Indian names and terms I could not associate myself with. The sheer joy of realizing that an Indian had gone so close to achieving the highest position in the most important … Continue reading The Not-So-Sassy Tharoor