Review: ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ by Jerry Pinto

Have you ever had a thought that you felt incredibly guilty for having? Perhaps wishing ill of someone for your own selfish reasons. Perhaps knowingly telling yourself a comforting lie. I’ve had my fair share of such instances. And when the narrator had similar thoughts and called himself out, I couldn’t not feel as if he wasn’t talking to me, poking my conscious.

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Review: ‘You Beneath Your Skin’ by Damyanti Biswas

‘You Beneath Your Skin’ is a confusing title, for starters. You have to read the blurb to ensure that it’s not a self-help book. Published by Simon & Schuster India, Damyanti Biswas’s debut novel is a literary crime fiction, set against a backdrop of a string of murders across the city of New Delhi, where slum women are found stuffed in body bags with their faces disfigured by acid (a hint to the title).

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Review: ‘Murder in Mahim’ by Jerry Pinto

For those of you who may be unaware, Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai based prolific author. He was well known for his poetry and his writings on Mumbai and Bollywood, until his debut fiction ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ bagged four major awards, including Government of India’s Sahitya Akademi Award and Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Literature prize. I haven’t read that book (yet) and I’m glad for I could come to ‘Murder in Mahim’ without all that baggage.

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