Non-Fiction Reads: The Lonely Tiger by Hugh Allen

If not for a friend’s recommendation, wouldn’t have known of The Lonely Tiger (1960).  Out of print for more than 50 years before Rupa Publications (Rainlight) released the work in hardcover (2014), this episodic collection of true and thrilling wildlife encounter stories is an exceptional, evergreen page turner.  Probably pushed to near-oblivion by the looming popularity … Read more

Non-Fiction Reads: Death and the Magician: The Mystery of Houdini by Raymond Fitzsimons

Once upon a time in the 19th century, a 17 year-old Hungarian immigrant by the name of Ehrich Weiss was still undecided whether magic will take him places.Ehrich then chanced upon the memoirs of French magician Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin and his decision was made. Inspired, the teenager borrowed ‘Houdin’ for his stage name and added an … Read more

Book Excerpt: Maximum City by Suketu Mehta

The vadapav poses for one last click Finally delved into an increasing pile of books – to be read and reread. Books bought at various clearance sales and second-hand selling footpaths.The first on the list is one by the name of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta. Here is an extract from … Read more