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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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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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Journeys to the Unlikeliest of Places with the Unlikeliest of Companions

My sister once asked me what is your passion? I fumbled around for an answer with several ‘umms’ and ‘hmmms’. And then it dawned on me. Travel. Since the time that I stepped out of my home at the age … Continue reading

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I missed the love- India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century

A few months ago, while placing a phone call from the United States to my mother in India, I became an involuntary participant to another phone call, taking place in Lahore, Pakistan. The call was between a man and a … Continue reading

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Of Promises and Disappointments: The House on Carnaval Street

It is unfortunate that a promising book turns out to be a tacky read within just the first 10 pages. An encouraging title, a quirky front cover, and an enticing summary that hinted at a charming travelogue-memoir-esque tale led me … Continue reading

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The Calcutta Chromosome

Again, from the past in an attempt to consolidate my reflections on books that I have read over the years. This book was and remains, singularly, one of the most brilliant books that I have ever read. The Calcutta Chromosome. … Continue reading

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