Adultery, murder and anomie go hand in hand in this fast paced thriller. Like all works of popular fiction it is good in patches and demands only one reading. Nonetheless an essential reading if one were to understand today’s India.
This is an interrogation of the Valley of Words’ nominated book, Buddha at Work through a Nichiren Buddhist hermeneutics. In this process the review proves Jim McGuigan and Harold Bloom correct in their invectives against cultural populism.
I came across this book through the VoW literary festival to be held in November 2018. Therefore I took it up for review and I find it is one of the best books in the market on its subject and falls within the continuum of Kakar and Ira Trivedi. Though I compare Rajkotia with Kakar and later, Leonard Cohen, she simply bows to cultural populism and her book is ephemera when compared to the Kinsey Reports, leave alone Henry Miller or/& Anais Nin’s works. This review proves the uselessness of studying popular culture. John Storey be darned.
This is a review of a cookery book nominated for the Valley of Words book competition, 2018. The review sees the book as a historically important document on colonialism.
This novel makes a mockery of the Japanese police, of parenting in Japan and of the modernist technique in Japanese letters. A forgettable and regrettable monumental effluvia.
Kushanava Choudhury’s nostalgic book about Calcutta is marred by his quiet hubris. America haunts this failed bildungsroman.