A coffin-maker and a clock that can make time go backwards bring magical realism to this novel

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

The bane of a coffin maker is the absence of a regular income. Hence, he fights a losing battle with a life lacking stability and security. A stretched calendar, seeming longer than twelve penurious months, is his working life. The black and red colour variations on the calendar hold no meaning for him and he …

‘Shamal Days’: Marked by sorrow and self-loathing, this novel of neuroses is an absorbing read

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

One of the questions I ask myself when I’m starting a new review is, “What was this book about?” Shamal Days, by Sabin Iqbal, is harder than many to answer this question about. It is, fundamentally, a very sad book. Sad is too simplistic a word – this book aches, almost every page of it, …

Much ado about nothing: why we need to stop fiction from affecting our tender sentiments

March 20, 2021 0 Comments

If you want to distil the demand for the banning of Bombay Begums for further silliness, allow me to help A 2017 study, published in The National Medical Journal of India, found that “drug use exists in children in all regions, cities and smaller towns across all states” of India. A 2019 paper in the …