Book Review: Surface by Siddhartha Deb

Near the end, one of the characters in Siddhartha Deb’s Surface says, ‘To conceal surfaces under other surfaces is necessary’ and this is what the entire narrative is all about. Cloaked under layers and layers, this is the ultimate revelation that is dawned upon the reader – ‘projecting attractive images that concealed what lay behind’.…

Book Review: Kashmir House by Vikram Dhawan

“War is a continuation of policy by other means.” – Clausewitz Kashmir, described as a paradise on Earth has become one of the longest outstanding geopolitical conflict between two belligerent nations resulting in endless bloodshed, rise of terrorism, human rights violations, etc. It’s not that the conflict cannot be resolved if willed by those in power; however,…