HALF THE NIGHT IS GONE
Acclaimed novelist Amitabha Bagchi’s latest tells the story of a vernacular author and the book he’s writing about a wealthy merchant—a double effort at translating (as it were) the Hindi literary world into English.
Brits “doing” Indians, especially period Indians, is old hat. But in this one Daman Singh (Manmohan Singh’s daughter) tries her hand at portraying the inner lives of India’s colonisers in the last days of the Raj.
Mahesh Rao’s latest—the story of a matchmaker by the name of Ania Khurana—is billed as Jane Austen’s Emma set in the world of Delhi’s super rich. But the similarities go beyond marketing, giving it the whiff of pastiche.