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Sanjay Sipahimalani

Sanjay Sipahimalani is a weekend book critic. His reviews are collected at www.antiblurbs.blogspot.com

A Swedish mystery à la Murakami
6th Sep 2014
A Swedish mystery  à la Murakami

Beset by thoughts of a mysterious incident, an alienated individual walks alone down city streets facing an unnamed crisis and re-evaluating his existence. Readers of Haruki Murakami will find such a

Hit-and-miss game: On books as art objects
23rd Aug 2014
Hit-and-miss game: On books as art objects

Earlier this month, a Mumbai gallery showcased a book collection featuring volumes designed not to be picked up and read, but to be viewed as works of art. Here, there were "book sculptures", pages wi

On the (four) women in Papa Hemingway’s life
26th Jul 2014
On the (four) women in Papa Hemingway’s life

The pair is the primary creative unit, wrote Joshua Wolf Shenk recently in the New York Times. "At its heart, the creative process itself is about a push and pull between two entities, two cultures or

O’Connor & the short story’s ‘submerged population groups’
12th Jul 2014
O’Connor & the short story’s ‘submerged population groups’

We're all aware that the novel is dead. People have been making pronouncements about its demise for ages, even as new novels continue to appear and thrive. When it comes to the state of the short stor

We Need To Talk About Jerry
14th Jun 2014
We Need To Talk  About Jerry

The spirit of J.D. Salinger still haunts us. Years after his death, there's continuing speculation over his reclusive life and writing. Recently, there was David Shields and Shane Salerno's Salinger,

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The cries of the mother, the cries of the motherland
1st Feb 2014
The cries of the mother, the cries of the motherland

The members of a dysfunctional family come together to celebrate an event. Old bonds are renewed, old wounds re-opened, old secrets spilled. Upon their departure, they are driven to make changes in th

Of history’s still-fresh wounds & quivering incidents of prose
2nd Mar 2013
Of history’s still-fresh wounds & quivering incidents of prose

The fictional world of Nadeem Aslam's The Blind Man's Garden is one where a face is "a record of time's weight on the soul". Love is "the result of having caught a glimpse of another's loneliness". A

In broad strokes, Adiga tells of Mumbai’s grim heart
10th Jul 2011
In broad strokes, Adiga tells of Mumbai’s grim heart

Avarice runs through the pages of Aravind Adiga's Last Man in Tower the way local trains criss-cross the city of Mumbai. In a plot that's drawn from local headlines, the novel deals with the

Breaching the ideological divide, for family & nation
5th Jun 2011
Breaching the ideological divide, for family & nation

Independence and its discontents are at the heart of Tahmima Anam's new novel, The Good Muslim, her follow-up to A Golden Age. That earlier novel dealt with the tempestuous period of Bangladesh's form

Best laid plans: Roth looks at the role of chance in life
13th Feb 2011
Best laid plans: Roth looks at the role of chance in life

As of now, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the four countries in the world where the polio virus is still endemic. Should the ongoing immunisation campaigns be successful, polio could wel

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