The Ramayana has, over the centuries, lent itself to many interpretations but has managed to retain its essence to remain fresh and contemporary. Thus, it is no surprise that the ancient epic once again forms the theme of two books, Sita’s Ascent by Vayu Naidu and King Of Lanka by David Hair.
A fresh successor to Azad Essa’s first book — Zuma’s Bastards (2010) is The Moslems Are Coming: Encounters with a desktop terrorist.
There is something fascinating about France that makes it a dream destination for every Indian. Be it a foodie or someone who loves to see rich history or just indulge in the latest fashion, there is something for everybody here.
Ruskin Bond’s latest offering, is as petite structurally as it is delightful in the reading. It is a smooth-gliding narrative wrought around the life and times of the Maharani of Mastipur, an erstwhile princely state in northern India. Suparna Banerjee
The importance of places of worship should never be underestimated, given the fact that the Ayodhya movement became one of the pivots of political mobilization in recent Indian history.
Lensman David Bailey continues his war against clichés in Delhi Dilemma, where he picks India's capital as his latest battlezone. Indrajit Hazra writes.
Racism and the search for identity are often cited as factors that motivate young British Muslims to join Islamist groups. What makes this memoir distinctive is its vivid descriptions of the atmosphere of 1990s Essex and London.
A detailed and exacting narrative brings out the flavours of the insignificant and the ordinary.
Peeling off the lies and deceit from the 1995 kidnapping of foreign tourists in Kashmir.
No matter how often one reviews Suu Kyi’s political life, her perseverance against what is easily one of the most brutal regimes on the planet is jaw-droppingly remarkable, writes Pramit Pal Chaudhuri.
Veteran journalist Mrinal Pande’s book could very well be compared to a train journey through the Indian heartland. The book, which brings together a wide-ranging selection of essays by Pande, traverses many little Indias bustling in the country.
Life is a photo album for young poet Aazar Anis, who creates picturesque avenues through his verses.
How China Mieville blurs the divide between mainstream and the SF genre.
Mumbai is the most formidable character in two new books on crime. In Death in Mumbai, journalist Meenal Baghel takes off right from where the news reports let go of the story, while Mumbai Rollercoaster is a fictional account of everything you want to avoid and a good example of how real life, as seen in the Susairaj saga.
The Chinese consume but do not set trends