Posts Tagged ‘ Book Review ’

Book Review: The Travelogue as a Graphic Novel

March 27, 2013
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Jerusalem

Mention the word ‘travelogue’ and people tend to think in terms of a diary-like book, describing the author’s experiences in a place and those who lived there, generally with a background of the history and culture of the region thrown in. Well, Guy Delisle’s take on one of the holiest and most controversial cities in the word is…

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Review Round Up: The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi

March 20, 2013
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Main

Amish Tripathi’s conclusion of his Shiva trilogy has been one of the most discussed books of the year. But does it live up to the hype surrounding it? Well, Bookwag’s own review of The Oath of the Vayuputras will be up shortly. But in the meantime, some reviews of the book  have been coming in and…

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BookWag Review: Great Writer+ Great Cricketer = Great Book? Not really…

March 12, 2013
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Main3

The problem with literary labours of love is that they do tend to be a tad less than fair and/or objective,  and Gideon Haigh’s book on Shane Warne falls squarely into that category. “The finest cricket writer alive on the greatest cricketer of our era” is the tagline used to promote book, and while there…

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Book Review: A Brief History of the Great Moghuls by Bamber Gasciogne

March 1, 2013
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A Brief History of the Great Moghuls

Mention the words “history” and “Mughals” in the same sentence and  the image that springs to mind is that of “magisterial” tomes, contained detailed accounts of India’s former rulers – perfect for history lovers, just a bit forbidding for more mainstream readers who just want a flavour of the period and its personalities. Well, if…

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Not Sharpe enough!

November 25, 2011
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Not Sharpe enough!

by Nimish Dubey There are many who believe that Tom Sharpe writes the funniest books in the world today. And there is good reason for this belief. The English author has been entertaining readers for over three decades now with books that mix confusion and destruction with an amazing turn of phrase. One critic had…

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Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

November 25, 2011
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Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

by Nimish Dubey Solving unresolved mysteries with a dash of fiction has been a formula followed by many bestselling authors. The results can vary from the ludicrous to the brilliant. Fortunately, Jeffrey Archer’s “semi-fictional or semi-historical” narrative of mountaineer George Mallory, Paths of Glory, falls squarely into the latter category.

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Scotland, as seen by Bond, James Bond

November 24, 2011
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Scotland, as seen by Bond, James Bond

By Nimish Dubey Whatever you associate Sir Sean Connery with, it is certainly not writing about a country, even his own. The man, who many (us at Kunzum.com included) consider to have been not just the first but the best Bond of them all, however, does have a writing streak in him. And it has…

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Fantastic Premise, Fantastic Journey, Fantastic Book

November 24, 2011
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Fantastic Premise, Fantastic Journey, Fantastic Book

By Nimish Dubey How do you reach the center of the earth? And while on the subject, why on earth (pun intended) would you like to travel down the bowels of the planet? Well, both questions were answered in spectacular style by Jules Verne when he wrote A Journey to the Center of the Earth…

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K2′s Into Thin Air

November 24, 2011
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K2′s Into Thin Air

By Nimish Dubey Jon Krakauer added a whole dimension to mountaineering and travel literature when he wrote Into Thin Air in 1996, describing the disaster that claimed the lives of eight climbers on Mount Everest earlier that year. A dozen years later, eleven climbers died on the second highest peak in the world, K2. As…

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One of the best books on Delhi

November 24, 2011
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One of the best books on Delhi

By Nimish Dubey There have been many books written on the Indian capital. Some have veered to the utterly academic, others to the spiritual, yet others to the role of a simple “see-this-do-that” travel guide and some (alas a very few) have just looked the city through the eyes of a resident. Sam Miller’s Delhi…

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