Book Review: Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

There are dark corners, blood stains, opium trips and bad memories in Jeet’s Narcopolis. In the small lanes of Shuklaji street, in the illicit brothel, in the opium dens and in the newly communist village in Guangdong are the characters of the book. None of them are the central character. In few pages you are…

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End of Road for the Street Book-sellers?

In the Fort area of Bombay, behind the lane of High court, you will find rows of books lying on the foot-park. The books are arranged in the 3 stacks according to prices: Rs 30 ($ 0.50), Rs 60 ($1) & Rs 100 ($1.75). I asked Shankar, who ran the place, how he priced the…

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Bombay Books

Bombay is the city full of colorful characters. With its vivid past, strange present and uncertain future, Bombay (or Mumbai) offers itself as a good subject or an abstract setting . Here are my list of Favorite Bombay books: 1. Shantaram by  Gregory David Roberts Maybe,In terms of accuracy, this might be the most ill-fitted book…

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Book Review: Em and the big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

“This is certainly my best work”, Jerry said as I approached him to sign the copy of the book. The purple paperback is complemented by the purple end at each page. It reminded me of the autumn street of Kathmandu where the streets were full of purple flowers. The book starts with a love letter,…

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