This is not that dawn (Jhoota Sach) by Yashpal (translated by Anand)

Ye daagh daagh ujaalaa, ye shab-gaziida sahar, Vo intizaar thaa jis-kaa, ye vo sahar to nahiin Ye vo sahar to nahiin jis-kii aarzu lekar Chale the yaar ke mil-jayegi kahiin na kahin… (Translation by Agha Shahid Ali : These tarnished rays, this night-smudged light This is not that Dawn for which, ravished with freedom, we had set […]

Raj-Kahini by Abanindranath Tagore (translated by Ratna Jha)

Some days back we had been to Jaipur for a short, quick break. Needless to say, we spent quite a bit of time at the various forts (Amber, Nahargarh and Jaigarh) as a part of our trip. I have a fascination for history – be it places, anecdotes, or stories. And as we went around the forts, I tried to explain the […]

Urnabhih by Sumedha Verma Ojha – A review

Happy New Year! Books are a weakness and I am a book hoarder. Yes, I have a tsundoku problem. Despite having a large, unread pile of (physical) books in my home and (electronic) books on my kindle, I land up spending too much time in bookstores, real and virtual, and buying books. It could be because […]

The Italian Girl – Lucinda Riley (Review)

A couple of years back while sauntering through an old used bookstore in Chicago, I stumbled upon an author I had never heard of  – Lucinda Riley. And the book was The Orchid House. I enjoyed it and over the past few years, have tried to read as many of her works. She writes in a genre I […]

Mastani – Kusum Choppra : A review

There is a time and place for everything….  And so it is even for picking up forgotten books lying on huge ignored piles. After lying on my bookshelf for two years (and moving two homes in between!), Kusum Choppra’s Mastani finally got my attention enough for me to read it. It was an interesting article that got me […]

Sahib Bibi Golam – Bimal Mitra

Literature translated into cinema has a special appeal. It is always fascinating to see how an author’s imagination gets re-created on screen and to see if one’s visualisation (as a reader) matches up with the actual visuals. In two of my posts last week, I listed songs from the 1962 Guru Dutt classic movie, Saheb Bibi Aur […]


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