Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – A 1984 for feminists

(Sidharth Vardhan’s review ofMargaret Atwood’s novel‘The Handmaid’s Tale’Novel first published and got shortlisted for Booker Prize in 1985Review first written on October 23, 2015) Summary Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk… Read More »Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – A 1984 for feminists

Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ and our insatiable hunger for stories

(Sidharth Vardhan’s review ofMargaret Atwood‘s ‘The Testaments’The second part of the Gilead seriesand the sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’Book first published in 2019 Review first written on September 23, 2019) Summary More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains… Read More »Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ and our insatiable hunger for stories

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Gulzar on Two: a review of his novella ‘Two’

(Sidharth Vardhan’s review of‘Two’, a novella by GulzarOriginally published in Hindiunder the title ‘Do Log’ in 2017Review first written on January 1, 2020) Summary It’s the winter of 1946. A truck leaves the village of Campbellpur after news of the impending Partition pours in. It is carrying people who don’t… Read More »Gulzar on Two: a review of his novella ‘Two’

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Bernardine Evaristo’s history of ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ – a review

(Sidharth Vardhan’s review ofBernardine Evaristo’s ‘Girl, Woman, Other’2019 Booker Winner along with ‘The Testaments’Book first published in 2019review first written on October 20, 2019) Summary Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends… Read More »Bernardine Evaristo’s history of ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ – a review

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Of Beauty and Black – a review of Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye

(Sidharth Vardhan review of 1993 Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s (1931-2019) first novel‘The Bluest Eye’Novel first published in 1970Review first written on December 27, 2019 ) Summary It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove–a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others–who… Read More »Of Beauty and Black – a review of Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye

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Fitzgerald’s ‘Beautiful and Damned’ – a review

(Sidharth Vardhan’s review of F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘s ‘Beautiful and Damned’Book first published in March 1922Review first published on December 25, 2019 ) Summary Anthony and Gloria Patch are the bright lights of the 1920s New York smart set and lead a life of luxury, idleness, and indulgence. But Jazz… Read More »Fitzgerald’s ‘Beautiful and Damned’ – a review

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Maggie – Shakespeare’s sister in George Eliot’s Mill on the Floss

(Sidharth Vardhan’s review of of George Eliot’s ‘The Mill on the Floss’The book was first published in 1860 Review first published on December 8, 2019 ) Summary Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her… Read More »Maggie – Shakespeare’s sister in George Eliot’s Mill on the Floss