Reviews by Neha Sharma, Garima Sharma and Damini Purkayastha
A light note
Playing on the theme of story telling, Waiting for Renee, is a collection of Kafkaesque short stories without the doom-gloom. “That’s what I think, I am not M,” says the Narrator, often playing with her role. The characters are recognisable, their interplay believable. A quick read to ponder over at leisure.
Title: Waiting for Renée
Author: Paramita Ghosh
Publisher: A Writer’s Workshop Greenbird Book
Price: Rs 100
Kashmiri Da Vinci Code
Ashwin Sanghi’s book is a pot-boiler, despite the some what incredible claims. Characters like Ghalib are comparable to Dan Brown’s Silas as they are in mad obsession with their organisation, in this case, the Lashkar-e-Talatshar. A thrilling read for all fans of the genre.
Title: The Rozabal Line
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Price: Rs 250
It will make you think twice before you even look at a chicken burger. Written by the 16-year-old Nikita Chawla, the first hand account traces the traumatic experiences that animals go through as they come to us as products.
Title: Tiger Boys Don’t Cry and Other Stories
Author: Nikita Chawla
Illustrations: Harshita Chawla
Publisher: Sanbun Publishers
Price: Rs 100
Lilacs Bloom in My Backyard does not deliver the cheap thrills expected of Ramona and Misha’s lesbian romance. The complexity of emotions — familial, friendship, man-woman and woman-woman — that Mehrotra explores in her plot is so intensive that it seems a blessing that the language and plot are so simple.
Title: Lilacs Bloom in My Backyard
Author: Meenu Mehrotra
Publisher: Rupa & Co
Price: Rs 195