Book Review

The book that will be your first introduction to the world of Tibetan storytelling and storytellers

Old Demons New Deities presents well-rounded narratives of the Tibetan people that go beyond the binary depiction of them as either a religious, peaceful community or slogan chanting freedom fighters.

Tsering D Gurung, Jun 07 2019

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Hiro Arikawa’s The Travelling Cat Chronicles has the most thoughtfully drawn out animal character

The book doesn’t have any ornate language—just a cat and his master, together forever

Richa Bhattarai, Jun 01 2019

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The life and times of the former royal family

Durbar ko dukhanta is king Birendra’s ADC’s way of coming to terms with a horrific incident that has haunted him, and the country, for 18 years

Rupa Joshi, May 31 2019

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Sabyn Javeri’s ‘Hijabistan’ interrogates many shades of hijab

Stories of oppression of desires and life choices of women and their valiant fights to break the chains of Pakistan’s patriarchal society

Fathima M, May 24 2019

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The Bride Test: like an overtly theatrical romance movie

‘The Bride Test’ is a refreshing romance novel providing a variety of characters, but it is up to readers to decide if its autism angle is acute or obtuse.

Richa Bhattarai, May 18 2019

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Gorkhaland tells its tales

A novel about ordinary people who have not-so-ordinary dreams, Faatsung takes readers on a ride through Darjeeling--Malibung, Pubung and Kalibung--and to the stories that lie there.


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Each circle darker than the other

The novel, then, is a minute observation of a dysfunctional family. A family which, to begin with, was the quintessentially happy, educated, cultured Bengali couple with their beloved son.

Richa Bhattarai, May 03 2019

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Reflections and confessions

The book also includes graphic and candid depictions of adolescent psycho-sexual experiences. Description of romantic imaginings with the opposite sex, obsession with the posters of a Bollywood star—Rani Mukerji—and the passion and amatory emotions that these posters aroused in him are vivid and identifiable.

Saroj GC, Apr 26 2019

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When less is more

A failing, disgruntled, middle-aged writer travels the world to forget his beloved, and finds love again where he least expects it Nothing unique about the concept

Richa Bhattarai, Apr 20 2019

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Doab Dil is a pleasure to flip through and ruminate over, but it is also haphazard and pretentious

Divided into 11 chapters, the writer flits between subjects and associations with a practiced, if clumsy, tread. There is much thought spent on gardens and their benefits; changing landscapes; histories and nocturnal activities; libraries and truths.

Richa Bhattarai, Apr 05 2019

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Emotionally charged, vividly illustrated

Khaled Hosseini is remarkable for telling tales about the bonds that cement people together and shape our lives; how we define each other; and the choices we make that resonate through history.

Saroj GC, Mar 30 2019

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