Book Review: Harappa (Curse of the Blood River) by Vineet Bajpai

Posted on 06 Sep 2017 under Essays

This Book Review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program and Book Promotions. To know more, log on to That India and its ancient heritage can provide a wondrous background for a mythological tale should not be in doubt. Veritably, so many others have tried to do just that – Amish […]

Book Review: by Vishal Bhatia

Posted on 22 Apr 2016 under Essays

Disclaimer: I was contacted by the author through email to write a review of this book. I agreed. The book was delivered to me free of cost. No other conditions or constraints were placed on me. by Vishal Bhatia is the second book I’ve read recently written by a new/aspiring Indian author (the previous one […]

On Bajirao Mastani

Posted on 17 Jan 2016 under Essays

The more I read professional movie reviews (is there such a thing?), the more I realize how under-qualified I am to critique movies. Nevertheless, because any fool with an internet connection can create a blog nowadays, here are a few thoughts on Bajirao Mastani: This film won the Filmfare Award for best picture? REALLY? This was […]

Movie Review: Wazir

Posted on 09 Jan 2016 under Essays

There is no doubt that Amitabh Bachchan is a fine actor. In particular, I’ll remember this one scene in which his character in Wazir teaches a kid how to deliver a particular line. It was a 5-second masterclass. But there’s only so much a fine actor can do in the hands of a mediocre director in a […]

Book Review: The Recession Groom, by Vani

Posted on 26 Oct 2015 under Essays

Summary of Review: Without a doubt, amongst the worst books I’ve ever read. The story makes no sense and the ending is pure Bollywood. Geez, I don’t even know where to begin! The characters are undeveloped and uninteresting. The writing is full of warped phrases and sentence constructions (if not outright grammatical mistakes and incorrect […]

6 Reasons to Watch ‘Masaan’

Posted on 01 Aug 2015 under Essays

Masaan is a wonderful experience. It’s saddening and infuriating and unapologetically communicates that sometimes the bad guys get away and life is unfair, but that’s what’s wonderful about it – that it portrays all of this beautifully, with some powerful acting thrown in. Instead of a standard review, here are 6 reasons why you should watch this […]

Film Review: Ankhon Dekhi

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 under Essays

I’ve just watched Rajat Kapoor’s “Ankhon Dekhi”. Let me start by confessing that I know very little about Indian films to use statements like “typical Rajat Kapoor”, but I nevertheless have the feeling that that statement may not be very much off the mark. Where to begin with Ankhon Dekhi? Shall we begin with praising […]

Short Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

Posted on 27 Mar 2014 under Essays

The Mira Nair movie “Monsoon Wedding”, was all about a big, fat, Indian wedding. And yet, the ending was all about a barely planned, almost serendipitous love story and a simple, unassuming little wedding ceremony that’s meant to steal your heart. Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed” is a bit like that. Unlike “A Thousand […]

Book Review: Last Man in Tower, by Aravind Adiga

Posted on 02 Jan 2014 under Essays

I am going to preface this review by saying that I’m probably not very good at writing book reviews. I don’t have a pattern or a format or a template. I write a book review like I write a blog post — open up WordPress, navigate to the New Post page and start typing. With […]

Book Review: Animal’s People, by Indra Sinha

Posted on 22 Oct 2013 under Essays

Before I start this ‘review’, I should offer a couple of disclaimers. One – I love books that have a “bold” voice; books that are unapologetic in their view of reality, and present their story uncensored, no matter how vulgar. And two – it’s been a while since I’ve attempted a proper review of a […]