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Found Dead

Shan­tanu Guha Ray West­land


The au­thor, a vet­eran jour­nal­ist, writes on a topic that is sup­posed to be one of the main­stays of news­pa­pers—crime. There are chap­ters on such sen­sa­tional mur­ders as those of Ponty Chadha, Sheena Bora, Rizwa­nur Rah­man Su­nanda Pushkar. Shan­tanu Guha Ray pon­ders why we have a lurid in­ter­est in mur­ders of this kind—is it be­cause the ones who kill and ones who get killed in th­ese cases are peo­ple like us? No Strings At­tached

Sheila Ku­mar



Bol­ly­wood movies have lately been ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of love with no strings at­tached—Aditya Cho­pra’s Be­fikre would be on the list. Sheila Ku­mar does a sim­i­lar ex­plo­ration in this novel. Here, as in most of the Bol­ly­wood movies, bondage, the sweet bondage of love, looks more at­trac­tive than the abyss of free­dom, and the be­sot­ted lovers are mouthing “for­ever” and “al­ways” in no time. In the Name of God

Ravi Subra­ma­nian



A temple is shaken by mur­ders; a heist in a jew­ellery store at Dubai’s Wali Mall leads in­ves­ti­ga­tors to a smug­gling racket; in Mum­bai, a se­ries of ex­plo­sions kills many and threat­ens to desta­bilise the city’s dai­mond trade. The game is afoot, and Kabir Khan, the dash­ing additional direc­tor of the CBI, is on the scent. This is sup­posed to be the most grip­ping novel by Ravi Subra­ma­nian. Bite of the Black Dogs

San­jay Ba­hadur



When a book set in Kash­mir fea­tures Hizbul Mu­jahideen ter­ror­ists, a brave army chief and his high-alti­tude war­fare com­man­dos, and an UN at­taché, it is most likely to be about a “con­spir­acy that can shake the foun­da­tions of the na­tion”. And so it is. Op­por­tune po­lit­i­cal al­liances and the threat of mas­sacre of in­no­cents add thrill to the ad­ven­ture. The novel has a claim to au­then­tic­ity—a red blurb on the cover an­nounces that it is based on real op­er­a­tions of the In­dian army.

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