Price: 599 INR
“Uncle Subhas’s habit of working till very late was known to all, including the police. We incorporated this into our plan for his escape from Calcutta (and India) in January, 1941. He instructed by cousin Ila that the lights in his first-floor bedroom in the 38/2 Elgin Road house should stay on for at least an hour after I drove him out of the house on 17th January, 1941. The bedroom has windows looking out on to Elgin Road and any onlookers would assume that he was as usual working through the night.”
‘Subhas and Sarat – an intimate memoir of the Bose brothers‘ is indeed an intimate account of the life and times of the famous Indian revolutionaries Subhas Chandra Bose (Netaji) and his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, from the eyes of Dr. Sisir Kumar Bose, the son of Sarat and nephew of Subhas Bose. Sisir Kumar Bose was close to his uncle Subhas and helped him escape his home internment in India. Subhas Chandra Bose later visited many European countries and made vital contacts with the political honchos of various countries to spread his political ideology. He formed the Indian National Army (INA) and announced armed revolution in the 1940s in bid to Indian independence.
Publisher: Penguin India
Price: 399 INR
‘The Company of Women’ by Khushwant Singh might be one of the reasons the critics used to mockingly call him the ‘dirty old man’ of Indian journalism. The other novel which might help the naysayers to stay firm on their logic is his other novel ‘Delhi’, whose brilliance can never be disregarded.
It’s been a long time that I have actually blogged – for the love of it – apart from working on reviews and interviews for Between The Lines. Whenever I sit to write these days, nothing flows out and I end up feeling nostalgic about and envious of the good old blogging days from college.
In the midst of this apocalypse (when words don’t tumble out as they are supposed to), I have decided to give ‘writing’ a push – one day at a time, one small (relevant / irrelevant) post at a time – till I get back the groove. My writing abilities now is infinitely worse than those good old days, and it’s high time I need to get back the mojo!
This review of Nizam’s was written for Zomato around August, 2011, almost five years back. This post is an effort to pull this review from Zomato.
My rating: 4 / 5
“Really, no AC? Yeah.
No free Wifi zone? Yeah.
No live music, no outdoor seating? Yeah.”
That was the conversation between a friend of mine from Bangalore and me, he being all curious about the place he has so much heard about, and got surprised when I informed him how 1947ish the place may seem to him and etc.
That’s Nizam’s for all of us.
This review of Tim Tai was written for Zomato around August, 2012, almost four years back. During all these four years of my stay in Hyderabad, this might be the place I have always been the most excited about while recommending to people.
This post is an effort to pull this review from Zomato.
I have been to Hotel Shadab numerous times – alone, with friends, with family, you name it – but have never been disappointed. And am sure you won’t be too!
My rating: 5 / 5
While everyone’s reply to my ‘Where can I have the best Hyderabadi Biryani in the city?‘ on my first meet was ‘Paradise‘, I remember only a single person replying with ‘Hotel Shadab‘. So, giving it a try was not among the priorities. But, since it was among the options, giving it a try was an option as well. I pat my luck at its back for letting me to try Shadaab.
Price: Rs 450
Last year, when I decided to give Murakami a try, the curiousness was to find out why Murakami is what Murakami is. I have read a lot of writers’ works, but never did anyone create as much positive hype and adulation as Haruki managed to do over time. His readers are timeless and ageless – 8 to 80.
The next day morning, before going to office, I opened Flipkart in a tab in my browser, and before I could sulk upon the dent the pricing could cause to my otherwise shallow pocket, I had already ordered three Murakami pieces – Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
While Norwegian Wood made Murakami what he is what he is now, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle cemented his position up among the legends. Ask any voracious reader, and chances are that Kafka on the shore will be among his top three reads of all times.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Price: INR 350
Narratives are rare. Rarer are good narratives. ‘Anatomy of life’, the debut novel of Devdan Chaudhuri, was nominated for Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013. That certainly speaks a lot about it. Apprehensive as always, this book made my decision to take it up look worthy. It turned out to be a good read.
The novel is about a poet – yes, you read it right – the author created a character that can be anyone – an allegory. There is this allegorical approach to creating characters, as visible in few cases. The strong narratives with superlative descriptions of emotions like happiness, depression, confusion – all are mixed up effortlessly into a smooth concoction throughout the book.
Price: INR 499
No, not ‘Ray’ – if you are Bengali enough to be inquisitive and have visited the link to this review just because of the surname, let me give you a gentle reminder – as you should not judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t decide to read or not read a book by its author.
“The text of this book is set in Berlin roman, a modern face designed by K. E. Forsberg between 1951 and 1958. In spite of its youth it does carry the characteristics of an old face. The serifs are inclined, and the g has a straight ear.”
This review of Tim Tai was written for Zomato – hence the crisp and compactness.
My rating: 4.5 / 5
Tim Tai is so good that if you are a lover of Asian food, it will make you swoon over the food. And even if you are not one, it will still make you swoon.
This is a much reviewed and much heard-of place in the food scenario around the part of the Hyderabad city that is Hitech City. When we went over for dinner and were impressed, this place didn’t warrant a positive review for the uninitiated. Yet, it’s here. Rather, just a few words of appreciation.
We started with Tom Yum soup with all its Thai flavors. Tasty and flavorful? You bet. The Lamb and Ginger Wotiff from the Dimsums menu was amazing. And to end with, the Singaporean Laksa was the dish we would have regretted if we would not have ordered for.
The lamb and ginger wotiff was undoubtedly the champion of the night. Shall surely visit again, if for the sake of the Khaw Swe and the Green Tea Fried Ice cream with white chocolate sauce.
This review of Beer County was written for Zomato. I published the same and later took it off the site. Am not sure what triggered that action but deep down I have a feeling what I have written might not be at the best business interest of this place if all Zomato users go through it.
At the same time, I don’t want to create a sense of misconception that just because I took this review off Zomato, I don’t have any say in how awful ‘Beer County’ is. For people eager enough to do their quality research before visiting a new restaurant, they might find this mighty helpful!
My rating: 2 / 5
We were late in planning for the NYE night – with most of the happening places in the city already sold out, we thought to give ‘Beer County’ a chance. The night before I called them up to know if they have any special package for NYE and was glad to know they did not – added to it, they mentioned they were going to have live music. We were glad our gamble worked out.