Chanakya’s chant

You don’t have to be a student of political science to have heard of Chanakya. Revered as the greatest political strategist known to Indian history, Chanakya’s political acumen was  second to none and in his second book Ashwin Sanghi brings alive the legend that was Chanakya through his modern-day avatar, Pandit Gangasagar Mishra.  The book […]

Charity girl

I first made my acquaintance with Georgette Heyer during a long, idyllic summer spent in Ladakh amidst (I’m happy to say) unparalleled beauty and and an unending supply of books. And the rest, as they say, is history. She wrote, what to my mind, would always be delightful books I would be happy to read most times. […]

Jingo! (A Discworld novel)

To all appearances, Terry Pratchett writes books for kids but I’m yet to find any evidence that could define his writing so simplistically. Yes, he often uses stories and myths we were familiar with as children as the basis of his convoluted tales but it’s never just that … oh no! Ever since I read […]

The Immortal story

I think it was a friend’s enthusiastic “yes!” when he spotted the book at our favourite bookstore that first piqued my curiosity about The Immortals of Meluha. And then of course there was the fact that I’d never heard Shiva being described in quite that way! In India we take our Gods seriously and that […]

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

Scarlett O’Hara, of course, would be thrilled with the pride of place. But she’d also expect no less than to be the first. Through the 1000 odd pages of one of the most famous books in history  is woven a haunting story, of perhaps one of fiction’s most grey lead characters – Scarlett O’Hara to […]