If you care about pastiche, this might be your cuppa. Vithal Rajan brings together some mighty icons of Victorian literature — Sherlock Holmes, Arsene Lupin, Dr Fu Manchu and the gentleman-thief Raffles. The action climaxes at the Delhi Durbar of 1911, a “supreme, egotistical event”. Rajan, with his earlier rollicker, Holmes of the Raj, has some more Brown Saheb fun.
Handy pass notes
Read This Next.. (And Discover Your 500 New Favourite Books) is the book to read to let other people know that you’ve read the books worth reading (without actually reading them, of course). Our favourite (at the end of the entry on Madame Bovary): “Do you think [Flaubert] believed in any form of love? Do you agree with him? Is that what you tell your boyfriend?”
Wicked wicket ways
IBN7 sports editor Abhishek Dubey takes us behind the curtains of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While covering the tournament, Dubey had stumbled upon ‘irregularities’. This book is a result of his decision to make all that public. There are letters, official and unofficial. But what scores are the nuggets of info that he provides on the murky, funky show called IPL.