Third Week of June

If you thought that the 'Royal We' by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan is about the fairy-tale romance of Kate Middleton and Prince William, you are not entirely wrong. Except that the authors have introduced reality into it.

First Week of June

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."  'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker is a story of self-discovery set amidst abuse, racism, religion and women empowering each other. 

Last Week of May

In spite of the Kohinoor being a well known diamond, very less is actually known about it. Starting from its association with the syamantaka mani and ending with the various nations claiming it to be theirs, the authors have succinctly presented all that there is to be known about the diamond.

Second Week of May

Maharanis, The Lives and Times of three Generations of Indian Princesses is a misleading title to a work of non-fiction by Lucy Moore. The princesses are focus points of a larger narrative about the lives of Indian royalty in the century preceding Independence and their lives in Independent India.

First Week of May

'Askew' by T J S George is a delightful read about the city I call home - Bangalore. Written in a flowy conversational style peppered with anecdotes and memories, Askew is a story of how Bangalore went askew. I simple loved the narrative and the satire George writes about the old and the new, the…

Last Week of April

Indu Sundaresan's latest book, The Mountain of Light, is a fictionalised account of the relatively unknown story of the Koh-i-noor as it passed hands from Shah Shuja (a Persian King in exile) to Ranjit Singh to Queen Victoria. It is also an account of how the British systematically drained Indian States of their wealth.

Second Week of April

Sudha Menon has chosen people from different fields and varied backgrounds - Narayana Murthy, Sanjeev Kapoor, Chanda Kochhar and Malika Sarabhai to name a few to write letters to their daughters. What results is a beautiful collection of thoughts.

First Week of April

'A for Ajrakh - The A to Z of Block Printing' is actually a book written for children to introduce them to the alphabet and to the arts but it makes a great read for anyone who has some interest in arts and culture. Written by Nina Sabnani who is an illustrator, animator and filmmaker, the book is aesthetically pleasing and informative.