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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Books

John Lang (left) and Rani Lakshmi (right). Source: Goodreads, Wikimedia commons

John Lang, Rani Laxmibai’s Aussie attorney against the British (review)

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  John Lang, In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi and Other Travels in India, Speaking Tiger, 2015; Rupa Publications 2016.  Har-Anand publications 2015;...
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From an Indian Palace to the Outback: The Last Prince of Bengal (Review)

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  The Last Prince of Bengal is the intriguing true story of one of India’s most powerful royal families. It’s a fascinating tale about Nawab...
'Waiting for Turtles' book cover. Source: IANS

Book Review: Waiting for Turtles by Pankaj Sekhsaria

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  Children's publishing house Karadi Tales has brought out an illustrated book to raise awareness about the oldest group of reptiles, turtles through a story...
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The Visnu Purana by McComas Taylor

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  The Vishnu Purana was the earliest Purana to be translated from the Sanskrit and published in English, in 1840, by H H Wilson. An important Pancharatra text...
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Dr McComas Taylor: Translating the Vishnu Purana into English

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  McComas Taylor first felt drawn to Sanskrit when he saw Peter Brook’s television production The Mahabharata in the late 1980s. Today, as an academic at...

Untold stories from the Raj era

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  So many stories about India’s independence movement and partition still remain hidden, unsung and untold. So, it is with delight that I came upon...

‘Tagore’s books were way ahead of their time’

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Although it was Kabuliwalah that drew her closer to Tagore, it was his words about the emancipation of women in the 19th century that really resonated with Radha.
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Book Review: The Snow Line by Tessa McWatt

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  At its core, Tessa McWatt’s The Snow Line is a book about belonging. It conveys a message that many migrants to Australia will understand...
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3 ‘killer’ books to read this weekend

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  We present to you, three books that have something to do with ‘killing’ - one way or another! Amnesty by Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga’s new novel,...
A Taste of Time (left) by Mohona Kanjilal (right)

A tribute to the food of Kolkata by Mohona Kanjilal

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  Mohona Kanjilal’s latest book, A Taste of Time: A Food History of Calcutta (Speaking Tiger), is a love letter to a city. Even as she explores...
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Fiji-Baat: A children’s series about language and identity

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  Before we got to Fiji, I had never really talked to Nana. Mum would sometimes give me the phone to say hello. I would...
Front cover of 'The Big Book of Festivals'. Source: Hachette Australia

The Big Book of Festivals: a children’s guide to global cultures

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  “Vedhika and Ayaan light diyas, thought to help guide the goddess Lakshmi into people’s homes, bringing fortune and luck.” “Kareem wishes his grandfather Eid Mubarak...
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Ruskin Bond: A new anthology to mark 87th birthday

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  India’s best-known writer of children’s stories, Ruskin Bond, turns 87 next week on 19 May. To mark the occasion, he’s releasing an anthology of...
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Book Review: ‘Death in Colaba Bay’ by Ambika Subramanian

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  As the popular saying goes, ‘Mumbai is a city, Bombay is an emotion’ - and in Ambika Subramanian’s debut novel, it’s a feeling that...
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Book Review: ‘Check-in Checkout’ by Keran Pantth Joshi

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  Most of us have fond memories of our travels, but what if your dream holiday turned into your worst nightmare? A new horror book...
Silver Lining by Anu Shivaram

Silver Lining by Anu Shivaram: A review

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  A young Indian man in Sydney brings home an Indigenous-Australian girlfriend. A fresh-off-the-boat 7-year-old is bullied at school. An Indian-Australian couple who have travelled to India...
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Khooni Vaisakhi: Poem from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919

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  In a moving piece of Punjabi literature, this is Khooni Vaisakhi, a narrative poem by prominent Punjabi writer Nanak Singh. It’s an account of...
Star of Anise by Jane Jolly and Di Wu.

Star of Anise: A picture book about Australia’s early Indian hawkers

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  Annie could hear Bhagwan Singh’s wagon before she could see it. It jingled and jangled with its pots and pans as it came down...
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Meet 7 yr old published author, Aahana Chakraborty

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  Meet our community’s youngest author, seven-year-old Aahana Chakraborty. The Year 2 student has just published her first picture book Buzzz… The Adventures of Lily and...
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‘Sita: Now You Know Me’ by Sini Panicker

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  When Indian American writer Sini Panicker, a trained chemist who is a heroin profiler for the US government, began her research into the Ramayana...
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Book Review: ‘Ritu weds Chandni’ by Ameya Narvankar

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  "But what is wrong with that? Why shouldn't she marry Chandni didi?," asks Ayesha, the young protagonist in Ameya Narvankar's Ritu weds Chandni. The innocent...
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Book review: ‘Tamil: A Biography’ by David Dean Shulman

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  It was quite by accident that I stumbled upon a prodigious and erudite scholar of India – especially southern India, during one of my...
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Book Review: Raj & Norah

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  Raj & Norah by Peter R Kohli and his daughter Shania Kohli Russo is not only a thrilling account of love found, lost and...
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Book Review: ‘Kamala’s Way’ by Dan Morain

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  Just how did the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this countrys most effective power players? Through the human touch,...

5 powerful poems by the brilliant Javed Akhtar

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  A celebrated lyricist and the recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry, Javed Akhtar's name is synonymous with soul-wrenching, evocative writing.  His...

India’s 71-Year Test: a coffee table book

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  For a sport with as storied a history as cricket, books on its past are unsurprisingly a dime a dozen. Given its origins, the...
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5 memorable quotes by Rudyard Kipling

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  Best known for writing The Jungle Book, Nobel Prize winning author Rudyard Kipling lives on in the hearts of many literature lovers. He's also a...

Devika Rani was an enigma to most – but not anymore (Book Review)

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  "I hope that I have managed to establish who Devika Rani really was. A rebellious and unusually talented and beautiful woman, a great actress...

Cross Your Heart, Take My Name by Novoneel Chakraborty: A review

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  Cross Your Heart, Take My Name is a rare Indian book to explore the psychological impact of social media, especially Instagram. Garv Roy Gill and...

My Encounter With Terrorists That Night: 26-11 Taj attack hero writes

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  On the night of the 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy (MARCOS) entered the Taj, one of the places...

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

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  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

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  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
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Vishal Jood rushed out of Australia

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Hours after his release from custody, controversial jailed Indian national Vishal Jood was rushed out of Australia on the first available flight. In a statement,...

Review: Dhindora (YouTube Original)

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‘Dhindora’ means beating of the drums; figuratively, it also means tomtomming. This eight-episode comedy series streaming on YouTube is part social commentary, albeit crass,...
Taapsee Pannu as Rashmi. Source: Twitter

REVIEW: Rashmi Rocket (Zee5)

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  Rashmi Rocket is a scathing sports drama. It is not a story of an underdog but that of a gifted athlete who was subjected...