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Title: Those Pricey Thakur Girls Author: Anuja Chauhan Publisher: Harper Collins India Cast firmly in the Romantic Comedy genre, Anuja Chauhan’s latest release ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ is steeped in Delhi life. Well certainly, you’ll enjoy Ms Chauhan’s spontaneity, sarcasm, wit, and humor even if you’ve never set foot in the city. The romance between D for Dabbu (Debjani) (the third daughter of retired Justice Thakur from the big bungalow at Hailey Street), and Dylan [...]

Literature lives here and is celebrated here. Yes, that is the introduction for the Jaipur Literature Festival. It is important to note that it is a festival and not a symposium, a conference or a seminar. Be prepared to enjoy literature the way most other Indian festivals are enjoyed, with fun, food and music. Yes, that makes it a great combo and precisely the reason this festival has grown to be one of the most [...]

A communication is a communication. Period. Right? No, wrong! In case of Zafarnama - the “Epistle of Victory”, it is not just about communication, it is all about spirit, soul and fearlessness. It is about victory in eternity. Written in Persian by Guru Gobind Singh to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Zafarnama is a display of immense poetic depth mapped with philosophy and  a fighting spirit with no parallels. Translating a document like this is a [...]

I am Malala

This book has a fairly long title,  I Am Malala – The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, and at 250+ pages it is no quick read either. Injustice in the Indian subcontinent is even more free-flowing than its scores of rivers. Rivers have been dammed, but injustice, though under check at a few places, is still flowing and it does swell sometimes even worse than the Swat river [...]

To call Perpetual City: A Short Biography of Delhi a book is digressing from what Malvika Singh, the author, has presented. I would have rather called it an essay on Delhi written with one’s own life interwoven with the fabric of Delhi. As if Dilli for Malvika was a beautiful Pashmina shawl and her own life  ‘motifs made with hand embroidery on it’. I can say for all those born or brought-up in Delhi between 1940s [...]