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Book Review: Shaming of Diya by Anuj Tikku

Shaming of Diya by Anuj Tikku is a work of fiction with an important message to the world which is acting blindly in the garb of Internet technology. Anuj Tikku has been a consistent author since some years, he’s written mostly contemporary adult books and his travel experience around the world. Before coming into authoring books and travel blogging, Anuj was a seasoned actor, with many commercial ads to his name, and also worked with stars like SRK. This is a short book about revenge – that is taken through the power of Internet. As the title suggests, Diya is the character that remains in the backdrop like banter, however, Tanuj is the lead character. In this book, Diya’s ex-boyfriend somehow circulates a porn video on the Internet that goes viral. Diya, though is an actress of erotic industry, doesn’t like it. She files an FIR against Tanuj – her ex-boyfriend. He is taken into custody and prison. A legal battle begins. In the prison, the author takes us to the grim and filthy re

Book Review: A Conflict in Thin Air by Prosenjit Das Gupta

A Conflict in Thin Air by Prosenjit Das Gupta is a work of non-fiction, inspired by the books based on India and China that at length discuss history, diplomatic stand-off, wars, culture and much more. The author is a well-learnt man who admits reading many books and research papers on Indo-China topic. According to this book, which is nowadays hard to get via offline or online, India's tension with China is not new or rooted in the year 1962. It actually delves deep into the history. The author has provided lucid explanation of 8th century when all three countries (China, Tibet, India) were equal on the lines of trade and often crossed the mighty Himalayan borders to trade with great equality. Next focus on history is when the British started ruling India and at the same time Tibet and China were fighting for their space or say independence scuffle. When China totally took over Tibet, the relationship between India and its biggest geographical neighbor China begins worsening.

Book Review: A Partition in the Mind by Prosenjit Das Gupta

A Partition in the Mind by Prosenjit Das Gupta is, in the author’s own words, yet “another look” at the Partition of India in 1947. The narrative begins as far back as the ancient period and ends with the partition of 1947. It is packed with information, references, and quotations and certainly gives the reader different perspectives at different points (not necessarily new). For example, the presence of Hindus at the lower and middle levels of administration during the Sultanate and the evolution of an Indo-Islamic culture as a result of ‘intermingling’. The book claims to ‘give context to the text and in pursuing this objective the author felt it necessary to explore the issue with a certain detachment through the ‘lens of historiography’. It has been said that there is no such thing as ‘objective history’ as history does not constitute a body of facts but their interpretation backed by convincing evidence. A detached approach to history can be honest and fair but also dry and colo

Book Review: One & Done by Veronica D’Souza

One & Done by Veronica D’Souza is a short and helpful book with a lot of meaningful content for parents. As from the title, one could guess that it’s emphasizing only on one-child parenting. But a close look reveals that the book is not only a guiding star for parents raising just one child but also a fountain of knowledge for parents having more than one child. The nature of the book is self-help and it intends to help parents that think that having one child is like living always on tenterhooks. The world is changing, so do the tenacity of people. The book starts on a pragmatic note, as it explains the effects of Covid pandemic on family planning. Later as the book chugs ahead, readers will find it a different yet engaging read, especially that section on giving answers to others is well-captured. The book is well segmented into praises, introductions, author notes, interviews, and finally the main content that stretches up to 10 chapters. The core theme of the book is happy fa

Book Review: The Saga of Shom and Raima by Tapan Ghosh

This is my second Tapan Ghosh book. A year ago I had the opportunity to explore the Anglo-Indian culture with his book ‘An Anglo-Indian in Love’. What I exquisitely like about this author is that he writes with a fervent passion the stories of ordinary with something extraordinaire. Even this novel that sounds like a pure romance has elements of horror and nationalism and one big global issue: terrorism. The book is romantic with strange themes that finally blend in the essence of pure love. The story features Suman Bhatia aka Shom and Raima. Shom is middle aged, tied with hedonistic duties of the world. Well, when he stumbles across Raima on FB, they begin chatting and much more. Shom is double the age of Raima. The world doesn’t look up to them as promising lovers. But being in love is a pure and one of the most romantic feelings in itself. As a reader, I felt their love story took time to get fully hatched. The couple hangs around, chat, meet, and so on. The building of love part is

Book Review: Bayan by Pramudith D. Rupasinghe

Bayan by Pramudith D. Rupasinghe is a classic piece of literature caught between the chasm of pre and post Soviet era. “Bayan” is a sort of Russian musical instrument that keeps the protagonist Ivan alive. The novel is about a 70-year-old man named Ivan Nikolayevich. Through his wisdom and cogitation and soliloquy and later interaction with a stranger from South America, we get acquainted with the profound psychological effect it leaves on readers. The novel, by all means, is beautifully written with heaviness that is hard to understand for naïve or shallow readers. Ivan is most of the time busy with his Bayan. It is the music and songs of his own imagination that keeps him floating in the ocean of memories. The novel explores the hammering of old age and how a creative and aloof heart copes up with it. Ivan is matchless while thinking and talking about the old culture and transitions he had been through due to social and political shifts. The novel is brimming with cultural insights a