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Existential Aaargh

Aresh Shirali

The Marx Brothers were right. X’mas or not, there aint no ‘sanity clause’, not in book contracts.

Lethal Language

In Madhulika Liddle’s ‘historical’ crime novel set in Shahjahanabad, the most brutal murder is that of the Urdu language.

Sweet World

If Hrishikesh Mukherjee had ever tired his hand at writing fiction, he would have read a lot like this Farahad Zama’s The Marriage Bureau for Rich People or its sequel, The Many Conditions of Love.

Smashed Hard

Andre Agassi casts out the demons of his past by writing about his cursed tryst with the sport that made him an icon.

So, What Happened?

Lucid language, poignant moments and one hell of an ending. If only there was a plot to fill the 200-odd pages.

‘Curb Gay Rights, Curb Aids’

That’s the baseline prescription of Elizabeth Pisani, the author of a book on fighting the killer virus.

Maggots in the Mind

Khalid, the protagonist, after over a year of being thrown into an isolation cell at Guantanamo Bay.

Where No Healing Is Ever Enough

Nominated for a children’s book prize, Anna Perera’s story of a Guantanamo inmate wrenches the heart with its stark realism.

Colour Me Bad

This Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician has always been the paparazzi’s delight. In this biography, Sandford follows a similar path instead of trying to unravel the enigma called Imran Khan.

Rocket Writer

Sujit Saraf on his new book about a bandit and how slow and sarkari his former employer, Nasa, really is

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