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Ram Sarangan


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Shelf life: Dark Days
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

If I Had to Tell it Again, a memoir by Gayathri Prabhu, shatters this silence with an intimate examination of the relationship between the author and her late father.

Readers Digest: The Book Hunters of Katpadi
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The book’s triumph is largely due to the anecdotes scattered within it in abundance, with scarcely a few pages passing by without some interesting nugget of information cropping up.

Yuletide Reading
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

From a cantankerous old miser to a girl lighting matches to stave off the cold, Christmas has produced enduring, if sometimes unlikely, titans of literature

The city by the sea
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

For the initiated, there is something all-encompassing about the name ‘Madras’ — stitched together by millions of narratives, the city has perennially been on the cusp of tradition and modernity, warmth and cruelty, glamour and grime.

Washed ashore: How the sea changed, from a childhood friend to an angry, implacable force
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

As I continued to read and talk to people about the sea, it baffled me that one thing could have so many facets to it. But with this bafflement came a desire to understand, and my hostility faded to the background.

No Comfort
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

The strength of Bombay Fever is the lack of a central protagonist, with a sufficiently broad narrative vantage point.

A Fraction of the Whole 
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel, perhaps his most accessible one to date, draws succour from father-son myths in Western and Eastern cultural traditions

Stalking The Bean
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

A look at some coffee houses in Delhi that are doing things differently, as well as those that continue to perfect the basics

No Fond Return of Love
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Haruki Murakami’s latest collection of short stories is tied together with the leitmotif of loss and loneliness

Princess Diaries
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Amish’s ability to retain the essence of a myth while completely reinventing it is one of his strong points, and he does not disappoint.

Why is the ‘hijra’ a term of abuse and insult?
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Eunuchs are an integral part of South Asia’s civilizational space, but politicians today seem to delight in reinforcing the latter-day prejudices that are associated with them.

My Days With Thatha: Memories of two granddads and how they add up to the richness of personal history
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

What I took from my grandfathers was not what gave them their identity, but what could give me mine.

Surrealist Seesaw
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

A theatrical adaptation of Japanese author Haruki Murakami's short stories balanced structure and spontaniety with equal ease. Haruki Murakami’s works are not the most obvious choice when staging a play.

Waiting for a new Murakami, in between dream and reality
Sun, May 14, 2017

As Haruki Murakami’s new short story collection, Men Without Women begins to hit bookshelves around the world, I, like many others, expect to be consumed by the familiar yet strange space between dreams and reality.

The Unwanted Wife
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

KR Meera’s new novella is both a warning and an exploration of corrosive love

Paper Backers: Kingdom Cometh
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

The story arcs of these three characters are, unfortunately, the least interesting.

When the twain don’t meet
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

A culture that normalises stalking is one that draws artificial lines, discourages dialogue

Evil Designs
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

Mohan Pathak’s biggest strengths are his flair for dialogue and his attention to detail. Unfortunately, these barely come through in the translation and dialogues that might have had a strong impact in Hindi appear stilted.

Sherlock Season 4 Episode 2: A dark delight where Cumberbatch lets loose in the best possible way
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Plunging back into detective work, Sherlock finds its rhythm again without losing out on exploring its newer, more emotional elements.

Sherlock Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Benedict Cumberbatch explores new depths, loses deduction in the process
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Sherlock Season 4 Episode 1 Review: The consulting detective faces his greatest enemy - his arrogance

Urban Legends
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

Certain parts of the book come across as contrived, such as where the protagonist quits his job in advertising.

There is more to Westworld than being a Game of Thrones heir
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Westworld quarterly review: One of the greatest strengths of the show is the questions it raises about sentience, consciousness and humanity, using Westworld as a microcosm.

A Life Less Ordinary
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

A fictional biography of Kasturba Gandhi makes for a compelling read.

Empire: The road to season 3 is paved with questions
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

Stellar cast, solid writing and great music has managed to save Empire from the obvious pitfalls of a late-night soap opera. But for how long?

Fanfiction: A billion-word phenomenon
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

And while it’s not unusual for fans to spend some time thinking along these lines, millions of people around the world have taken this to the next level - fanfiction.

Narcos season 2 review: As Pablo Escobar falls, the intensity rises
Wed, Sep 07, 2016

The emotional intensity that surrounds Pablo Escobar is the essence of how season two of Narcos managed to distinguish itself from its predecessor - a fast-paced and world building narrative.

Presidential debate: Donald Trump is likely to piledrive Hillary Clinton in this ‘extreme rules’ match
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

Regardless of whether Trump’s image is the result of years of deliberate cultivation, a natural state of being or a mixture of the two, the result has a clear terminology in WWE: ‘heel’.

Shelf life: Just another day in India
Sat, Aug 20, 2016

Naresh Gupta, an ageing MP who has a cache of documents detailing every dirty secret, is going mad due to syphilis.

EarlySalary: An app that aims to solve your month-end woes
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

The app aims to carve out a niche for itself by offering quick, low-interest loans for short periods of time

Pokemon GO craze: What it means for advertising and app revenue models
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

A few weeks into its launch, Pokemon GO has already surpassed all expectations in terms of revenue generation and its impact on Nintendo stock prices.

Pokemon GO shows how augmented reality is also augmented risk
Fri, Jul 08, 2016

Pokemon GO: The danger is not restricted specifically to this game either, as AR games by nature direct people to locations around their vicinity as part of the experience