Ram Sarangan

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Articles By Ram Sarangan

Nemat Sadat’s debut novel is an ode to beauty and hope, even in dark times

The novel’s dedication to portraying the fragility of life is evident in its complexities. Most happy moments are bittersweet, no emotion is fully evident, no motive is completely understandable.

True lies

An intriguing debut novel that explores the toxic remains of the American dream

Walk on Earth a Stranger: Book review on I have become the tide

Githa Hariharan’s new novel is an angry, intimate look at systemic social oppressions

Shelf life: City Centre

Milk Teeth lives up to its title in a number of ways — it alludes to that innocent first romance which often evolves into something a lot more complicated, the feelings around a first home that everyone must come to terms with and the process of reconciling with who you are and what you want.

Sweet Young Things

An irreverent if slightly predictable story on the problems that the young of every species face.

Love on the Third Rock

An exquisite tale of the push-and-pull of desire in a world that is in constant flux.

The Measure of Time

Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi examines love and friendship in this unusual illustrated novel

How to Colour a Dream

Murakami’s latest traces the surreal contours of a listless painter’s life and efforts to find inspiration and himself.

The Dying of the Light

Feroz Rather’s debut collection of short stories is a record of humanity in a place where very little of it survives.

In Good Faith: The natural fallacy

Section 377 verdict may have decriminalised homosexuality. Now, a transformation in society and religion demands a nuanced approach.

Paper Princess

Shandana Minhas’s novella, Rafina, falls flat because of its lack of pace and the singular unlikeability of its lead

In Fact: Why WHO wants to treat gaming as a disorder, and why some disagree

Draft classification lists it as a mental health condition, critics find it premature

Steady Goes the Saint

A novel on Dostoevsky’s relationship with his stenographer, Anna Grigoryevna.

Eyes Wide Shut

Sight, in the literal and metaphorical sense, is central to KR Meera’s new novel

Shelf life: Dark Days

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

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

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

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

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

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