The book explores how Bangladeshi women from poor and undereducated backgrounds, who have crossed the Indo-Bangladesh border, find themselves in prisons serving sentences under the Foreigners Act 1946.
The 30-year-old lawyer, writer, and fierce feminist’s part-manual, part-memoir is full of pop culture references and news items from the past decade or so, that elicit a chuckle, a sigh, and lots of nodding at regular intervals.
Which makes Birds of Sri Lanka of particular interest to anyone keen on the subject (and especially ornithology) in India. Islands are where the tendency for new species to develop is arguably the greatest because of their relative isolation
One finds little discussion on the place or role of citizens, who are depicted mostly as passive recipients of state intervention on the economy. The various flashbacks principally serve to underline the merits of the current administration, using contrast as a tool of comparison.
In Around the World in 80 Trains (Bloomsbury, Rs 599), a title she borrows from Jules Verne’s acclaimed adventure novel, we ride along with Rajesh and her fiancé Jem (now her husband) on their 45,000-mile adventure on some of the best rail services.