Women & Men in Khushwant Singh’s Life

The words of good authors speak to their readers, and keep doing so for ages. Khushwant Singh was not merely a good writer. He was, in fact, the Chronicler of Indian Nonsense, which he embedded into the Indian essence while recording his thoughts, drawing caricatures and pen-portraits, writing stories and columns. The secret of his…

H. Hawksley’s Dragon Fire – China & Pakistan Gang-up Against India

Humphrey Hawksley’s novel was published in the year 2000 in the immediate aftermath of the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, and then the subsequent Kargil War. The subcontinent was then considered as the ‘most dangerous place on earth’. Twenty years later, his doomsday scenario holds more relevant and closer to realization that ever before….

JOYCE CAROL OATES’ RAPE: A Love Story –The Question of Life After Rape

Amerigo Bonasera wanted his daughter’s rapists to be killed. His faith in the American justice lay shattered after the judge had allowed them to walk free by giving suspended sentences. The great Don Vito Corleone refused to entertain Bonasera’s request saying what he desired was not justice since his daughter still lived. “Make them suffer,…

नीलोत्पल मृणाल कृत डार्क हॉर्स- कहानी एक बिहारी बेचलर ऑफ मुखर्जी नगर की

(बेचलर ही क्यूँ, कई मास्टर,एम फिल और पीएचडी भी किए होंगे। ऑफ इसलिए कि विषय मुखर्जी नगर ही है ) इंजीनियर या डाक्टर बनकर आप अपना करियर बना सकते हैं । पर यदि आईएएस बन गए तो समझो आपकी तीन पुस्तें तर गईं , ऐसी मान्यता है। अगली तीन से लेकर सात पीढ़ियों को वैतरणी…

KNUT HAMSUN’s HUNGER –Whisper of Blood & Pleadings of Bone Marrow

Hunger (Sult) 1890- A Norwegian Novel On the streets of Kristiania(Oslo), wandered a vagrant with intellectual pretensions and a self-devised code of chivalry. He managed to get published off and on in local papers. He blamed rejections, matters of rule rather than exception, to his own esoteric penmanship and baser tastes of the readers and…

Peter May’s LOCKDOWN-Turned Down in 2005,Published Overnight in 2020

Finally published in 2020, Peter May’s Lockdown comes across as a journalistic account of the goings-on of the present day London. The rest of the world can correlate with the description of London under Lockdown. But written and submitted in 2005, the novel’s manuscript was turned down by publishers for being too unrealistic (and perhaps…