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Is There Much More Of Mumbai Than Meets The Eye In Salman Rushdie’s New Novel?

A Schoolmate From The Writer’s Bombay Days Searches For Hidden Clues.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Oct 14, 2017

The Mont Blanc Pen And Other Tales From Salman Rushdie’s Life As A Bombay Schoolboy

The City, Which Features In His Latest Novel, ‘The Golden House’, Is An Indelible Part Of Rushdie’s Identity.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Sep 30, 2017

Can You Spot The Nanavati Murder Case In These Salman Rushdie And Indra Sinha Novels?

Thrown In Some Facts, Garnish With A Lot Of Fiction, And Sprinkle Some Magical Realism.

Originally published in Scroll.in on May 13, 2017

This Book Gives An Exciting New Life To The Murder Case That Rocked Mumbai 60 Years Ago

Perhaps None Of Three Main Players – Nanavati, Sylvia, And Ahuja – Were Who They Were Made Out To Be.

Originally published in Scroll.in on May 10, 2017

Why Are All The Global CEOs Turning To This Book For Answers?

Five Senses Aren’t Enough. Not Even A Sixth One.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Feb 01, 2017

The Shashank Redemption: ‘Pimp’ Is A Dense, Profane Little Book. What Next?

Shashank Gupta's New Novel With A Startling Beginning Evokes Thoughts Of Where Advertising Copywriters Will Take Literature.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Apr 02, 2016

The Jeffrey Archer Story That Jeffrey Archer Doesn’t Know About

Even The Famous Twist-in-the-tale Writer Didn’t Know How Bizarre The Events That Inspired One Of His Stories Were.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Mar 19, 2016

(Almost) Meeting Harper Lee In Her Hometown In Alabama

An Impulsive Trip To Meet The Author Of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Ended In A Tour Of The Landmarks In The Book.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Feb 21, 2016

In 1962, India And US Were ‘that’ Close To Becoming Allies In A War Against China

Bruce Reidel’s ‘JFK’s Forgotten Crisis’ Offers Startling Revelations And What-if Possibilities

Originally published in Scroll.in on Jan 23, 2016

‘Go Set A Watchman’: It’s A Sin To Kill A Mockingbird

A Message To The Deal-makers, Publishers, Marketing Professionals And PR Experts Behind Harper Lee’s New Novel.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Jul 25, 2015

Why There Has Never Been A Military Dictatorship In India

Stephen Wilkinson Looks At This Question In His New Book, ‘Army And Nation’.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Jun 01, 2015

Steve Jobs Should Have Been Worth A Mind-bending $127 Billion. So What Happened?

A New Biography Of The Man Who Made Apple What It Is Today Raises More Questions Than It Answers.

Originally published in Scroll.in on May 20, 2015

When To Rob A Bank: The Disneyfication Of Economics

Oh No. Here Comes Yet Another Re-hashed Book From The Freakonomics Series.

Originally published in Scroll.in on May 14, 2015

‘I’m Drawn To The Moral Dimension Of Whether A Species Should Be Saved’

An Interview With Tania James, Author Of The Already-acclaimed ‘The Tusk That Did The Damage’.

Originally published in Scroll.in on Apr 06, 2015

Dawns Over Petersburg

A Run Through The Enlightened Despots Who Ruled The Russian Empire

Originally published in Outlook on Jul 04, 2016

Man Who Stayed In The Cold

A Complex, Ambiguous World Where The Laws Of Gravity Work Slightly Differently

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 21, 2016

Stagecraft Was One Job

How An Abrasive Genius Wisened Up, Learnt To Respect Talent And Lead A Creative Cohort Towards Great Things

Originally published in Outlook on Jun 22, 2015

The Irresistible Rise Of The How To

A Rehashing Of Top CEO Profiles Leads Up To The Pieces De Resistance: Inspiring Quotes

Originally published in Outlook on May 04, 2015

A Glitazar In The Sky

An Unfinished Agenda: My Life In The Pharmaceutical Industry

Originally published in Outlook on Feb 23, 2015

In Defence Of Completeness

A Talented Bangladeshi Mathematician’s Incredible Sad Story Includes, As In Sebald And Eco, Many Worlds

Originally published in Outlook on Sep 29, 2014

Last Man In The Tower

A Scholarly Investigation Into The Top-sec¬ret Visit Of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s Second-in-command, To Britain In 1941.

Originally published in Outlook on Sep 01, 2014

Tale That Only Connects

A Novel About Forster Details The Painful Gestation Of A Passage To India And The Unrequited Love At Its Beating Heart

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 21, 2014

Tell This To The Other Side

Despite Its Flaws And Inconsistencies, A Powerful And Mov¬ing Novel

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 24, 2014

As The Wall Is Breached

Europe In Decline: Tales Of Homebred Sloth, Migrant Labour, And A North-South Rivalry Feeding Euroscepticism

Originally published in Outlook on Mar 10, 2014

The Rebellious Shepherd

Jesus Didn’t Want To Start A Religion. He Only Wanted To Throw Out The Romans, Says Aslan’s New Biography.

Originally published in Outlook on Feb 10, 2014

Name’s Brand, James Brand

Despite All Boyd’s Talent, And Best Efforts, The Book Is Underwhelming

Originally published in Outlook on Jan 27, 2014

They Knew Their Sky

This Is A Victorian Magic Box—part Baggy Mystery, Part Astrological Arcana And Literary Construct, And Partly A Game.

Originally published in Outlook on Oct 28, 2013

Countdown To Doomsday

Some Thought-provoking Ideas— Some Of Which Go Back To The Proposals Ambassador Galbraith Made Back In The 1960s.

Originally published in Outlook on Aug 05, 2013

Yagnavalkya Corner Room

Spiritual Mumbo-jumbo? Or Does This Tap An Important Emotional Need-gap Out There?

Originally published in Outlook on Jul 29, 2013

Autocrats Of The Talking Table

As With Any Book One Really Enjoys, I Have Some Small Quibbles, But The Book Still Makes Delicious Reading.

Originally published in Outlook on Jun 24, 2013

A Prince For Our State Of Bother

A Commendable Book, Painting A Heart-lifting Picture Of A New, Different India.

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 22, 2013

A Soothsayer In Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew, Master Statesman, On A Dourly Astute China, A Muddled, Promising India, And The Surrounding World

Originally published in Outlook on Apr 08, 2013

St Malachy The Ominous

A 12th Century Clairvoyant Has Foretold The End Of Papacy!

Originally published in Outlook on Feb 25, 2013

Let Sunken Submarines Lie

Fascinating Memoirs Of One Of The Indian Navy’s Most Decorated Officers

Originally published in Outlook on Jan 28, 2013

Articles Of A Nation’s Faith

Presents The Indian Constitution As Not Merely A Cold Legal Treatise, But A Living, Breathing Human Document.

Originally published in Outlook on Dec 17, 2012

A Giant Rode The Highway

A Slim Volume, Leisurely In Pace, Well-informed And Felicitously Written

Originally published in Outlook on Nov 19, 2012

The 550 Mph City

Aerotropolis – The Way We’ll Live Next By John Kasarda And Greg Lindsay

Originally published in Scroll.in on Nov 03, 2021