Monthly Archives: August 2015

An extremely slow train- Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains

Uninspired. That is one word for Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains. For such an inspired idea of traveling all over India in 80 trains, her book translated into a complaining, self-righteous, insipid, and a boring monologue. Books on … Continue reading

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Chemmeen- Lost in Translation

There is not much to write about Thakazhi SivasankaraPillai’s Chemmeen, written in 1956 and translated by Anita Nair in 2011. The original novel written in Malyalam was a widely acclaimed classic, but the translated version was childish and silly. Undeveloped … Continue reading

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Fishy Tales- Samanth Subramanian’s Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast

“Travel does nothing better than swinging a wrecking-ball into even your most meager expectations. A place is always hotter or wetter or drier than you suspect it will be; people will always turn out to have stories different from the … Continue reading

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