Book Review: Partitions by Kamleshwar

The Fallacy of Documented History Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’ Kamleshwar’s magnum opus Kitne Pakistan originally written in Hindi and translated as Partitions in English is developed around this premise, that is, constant writing and rewriting of history and the fallacy and inaccuracy of historical truth recorded through so called documentary…

Book Review: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Why Brave New World? Isaac Asimov once said, “Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.” First published in 1932, Brave New World has a long history of being banned. Brave New World depicts a totalitarian and somber future where the world has been taken over by a few and transgressions and disobedience has no…

Book Review: One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan

The Book that evoked the wrath  Hurting sensibilities, invoking the wrath of the right-wing groups, the controversy surrounded the book ended on a sad note with the author, Perumal Murugan declaring an end to his literary career. Titled as One Part Woman, another name for Ardhanareeswara himself, the Lord combined with the Goddess. Based on the ethos of…

Book Review: Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali

Traversing hurdles created by publishers in Britain, this book’s publication was made possible by none other than Virginia Woolf. First published in 1940, the book gained immediate prominence and acclaim in India, only to be lost and re-found in post-partition India. Set in pre-partition India, the novel conjures a magical world of Old Delhi, “delves…