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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Reviews

Indian men can cook. Don't be surprised!

All versions of ndian men are entering the kitchen, traditonally a woman's domain.

In defence of Bhagat Singh

Jinnah held him in high esteem, says a new book, The Trial of Bhagat Singh - Politics of Justice.

Vikram and Vetal

The book retells the legend of King Vikramaditya for contemporary times, writes Swapnil Rai.

One hundred Hindi films

Rachel Dwyer's unabashed love for Hindi films makes her book a real treat, writes Poonam Saxena.

Jung exposes national shame

Though Lost Spring reveals horrors of child labour, it offers few solutions, writes Mishty Varma.

India Then and Now

The book seeks to ambitiously chronicle the life of a country as diverse and multi-layered as India.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid's book projects the cultural conflicts that educated Muslim youths are faced with in the United States.

Here's looking at you, kid

Although a twist was awaited, the last piece to the Harry Potter is worth a place on the book shelf, writes Samit Basu.

Not really at home abroad

Author Rishi Reddi's Karma and Other Stories is a perceptive new voice on that oh-so-familiar subject: diaspora angst, writes Sanjay Sipahimalani.

Knock on Bollywood

Journalist Kaveree Bamzai casts an uncritical eye on the current crop of actors and producers of the tinsel town in her book Bollywood Today and Mushtaq Shiekh 's  natty narrative on Om Shanti Om, The Making of Om Shanti Om.

The great escapes of the mind

This is a somewhat patchy anthology of women's writing from Bangladesh, in which stories of a gem-like brilliance are laid in close proximity to fairly mawkish and garrulous bits of writing.

Survival of the fittest

Fidel Castro's recollections demolish stereotypical renderings of his role as a builder of something as complex and endurable as the Cuban revolution, writes Suhit Sen.

Backing up in the USSR

Forty-one years after his journey through the Soviet Union, Dominique Lapierre still presents a lopsided view of his youth, writes Paramita Ghosh.

Portrait from the lady

Benazir Bhutto's posthumous book Reconciliation presents her world as black and white. Which could explain why reading it is a colourless exercise.

Driving in and out of hell

Anatomy of an Abuction is a cracker of a book about the capture and release of three Indians in Iraq in 2004, writes Yashwant Raj.
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