An experiment in being authentic and fake, spontaneously
In the fractured, imperfect interactions of Sally Rooney’s novel, our own ruptured attempts to carry forward our thoughts to another end is reflected, often with completely undesirable results.
In Rajasthan, a meditation on obsession, dreams and poetry
Anukriti Upadhyay’s Daura is an interesting work that reveals layers of possibilities and meanings under its folksy cloak.
Mythical coming of age story, reimagined and modernised
This critically-acclaimed novel is an adaption of ancient Greek myth, and its gritty female protagonist is still one for the ages.
A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There is Krishna Sobti’s reproduction of a refined old-world
The writer leaves a fierce presence of her existence in her memoir-poetry-novel--but subtly.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle warps time, space and minds
Following a shapeshifting protagonist through this timewarping murder mystery is a mindbending experience in deft literary and narrative skill.
When less is more
A failing, disgruntled, middle-aged writer travels the world to forget his beloved, and finds love again where he least expects it Nothing unique about the concept
Doab Dil is a pleasure to flip through and ruminate over, but it is also haphazard and pretentious
Divided into 11 chapters, the writer flits between subjects and associations with a practiced, if clumsy, tread. There is much thought spent on gardens and their benefits; changing landscapes; histories and nocturnal activities; libraries and truths.