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Karan Johar is always in the eye of a storm. Everything he does, or doesn’t do, somehow becomes news. Controversies seem to follow him like the kids following the Pied Piper of Hamelin. An Unsuitable Boy is Karan’s way of setting the record straight. His image on Koffee with Karan […]

An Unsuitable Boy – Karan Johar


Teenage is an especially tumultuous time when world views are being formed and personalities are being shaped. At this juncture in life, when one is unsure about everything, and the self is being formed, any kind of abuse can cause terrible damage to the psyche of a person having far […]

Black Limericks – Ranjit Lal

































Jalebi Jingles - Sakshi Singh
Sakshi Singh’s book of poems, Jalebi Jingles, appears to have been inspired by Shel Silverstein’s anthologies of verse for children. Or maybe it wasn’t – it’s quite tiresome for writers to create something that they believe is original, only to be told that they sound ‘inspired’. It isn’t our fault […]

Jalebi Jingles – Sakshi Singh











Dear Mrs Naidu - Mathangi Subramanian
My scepticism-meter goes through the roof whenever I hear about children’s novels about the ‘underprivileged’ written by authors who have lived and worked in the first world, even if they’re of Indian origin. The exoticization of India’s ‘great unwashed’ has unfortunately found its way into children’s literature, and lately into […]

Dear Mrs Naidu – Mathangi Subramanian


Smitten - Ranjit Lal
If you’re looking for a light, frothy young adult novel, Ranjit Lal’s Smitten isn’t it. This is a novel that will leave you disgusted, enraged and saddened. The reason is simple: child sexual abuse  (CSA) is a disturbing subject and, unfortunately, we live in a world where it is a […]

Smitten – Ranjit Lal


The Eight FBian Hearts - Harsha Shastry
The Eight FBian Hearts by Harsha Shastry narrates the story of eight people of different age groups and backgrounds finding the love of their lives on Facebook. The 32-year-old Bhaskar — a content writer and a divorcee — ventures into Facebook, posting an old photo of his as the profile […]

The Eight FBian Hearts – Harsha Shastry









Horrid High - Payal Kapadia 1
Horrid High by Payal Kapadia is about young Ferg Gottin, who has mean and uncaring parents. Ferg and his best friend, Ace, go to Sunnyvale School. Ferg’s parents, who want to get rid of him, decide to send him to a place where they can abandon him forever. They send him to […]

Horrid High – Payal Kapadia