Book Review: Menaka’s Choice by Kavita Kane

‘Apsara’ generally subsisting at the periphery of literature, quite often depicted for the consumption of a voyeur ends up being an object of sexual gratification rather than a living, flesh and blood character. Britannica’s description of ‘Apsara’ tersely sums up their prevailing representation in the works of literature, “Originally water nymphs, the apsaras provide sensual pleasure…

Book Review: Pigeons of the Dome: Stories on Communalism by Rakhshanda Jalil

Why Communalism? Rakshanda Jalil’s latest book, ‘Pigeons of the Dome: Stories on Communalism’ instantly catches the reader’s attention as its very title makes the reader think, Why Communalism? What more can be said about the topic that has not been told already? As if anticipating the questions, the editor writes in the ‘Introduction’ to the…

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Published under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling is Rowling’s first foray into the detective fiction and with her new venture; she has yet again proved that she is a master of storytelling. Rowling’s book does not put the readers in frenzy; there are no fast paced, mysterious twists at every turn of…

Book Review: Of Marriageable Age by Sharon Mass

A saga of forbidden love and loss, of insurmountable desires and longing, of resistance and change… Of Marriageable Age narrates the story of three characters divided by time and space and yet intertwined together. Spanning across continents and decades, the novel intersperses a coming of age story of Nataraj, Savitri and Sarojini who refuse to…