Free Press Journal
  • Going behind the peg at the Paul John Distillery in Goa

    Varsha Naik shares her first-hand experience touring the Paul John Distillery in Goa As I walk into the ground-level warehouse at John Distilleries at Cuncolim, Goa, a whisper of “wow” falls from my lips as I gaze up at the marvelous sight of American oak barrels piled high till the ceiling. Michael D’Souza, Master Blender,…

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  • All about Goa’s Paul John single malts are creating waves worldwide

    Whisky may be the forte of the Scots, but Goa’s Paul John single malts are creating waves worldwide. Varsha Naik discovers more about this beloved golden spirit distilled in India’s sun and sand state The Goan single malt, Paul John, was awarded ‘Asian whisky of the year’ in the Whisky Bible 2018, surpassing Japanese whiskies…

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  • Small Acts of Freedom by Gurmehar Kaur: Review

    Title: Small Acts of Freedom Author: Gurmehar Kaur Publisher: Penguin Books Pages: 186; Price: Rs 299 That soldiers die protecting this nation, we know. That they die for an oath they swore to uphold, we know. That they have families, we know. But more often than not, we cannot comprehend the loss of those families….

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  • Letters to My Ex by Nikita Singh: Review

    Title: Letters To My Ex Author: Nikita Singh Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 134; Price: Rs 199 Something about the title of Nikita Singh’s book will either make you smile or make you cringe. It will bring back memories about one or several ex’s and the things you want to say to them, and if you…

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  • South of Forgiveness by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger: Review

    Title: South of Forgiveness Author: Thordis Elva, Tom Stranger Publisher: Scribe Publications Pages: 305; Price: Rs 814 “I know who it was who raped me sixteen years ago. What I need to know is who I’m trying to forgive for it…” If two sentences could ever stir me to my core, it would have to…

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  • True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling: Review

    Title: True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop Author: Annie Darling Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 400; Price: Rs 399 I must confess I picked up this book purely for the title and perfect cover; the combination might as well have been a Cupid arrow headed straight for the heart of a bookworm like myself. I…

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  • Dark, bitter and exquisite: An education in the art of chocolate tasting

    Exploring roasts, percentages and identifying flavours… Varsha Naik got an education in the art of chocolate tasting At a wine tasting, you look, swirl, smell and sip; the vibe is often poised, elegant and chic. But at this event, I confess I was not elegant at all; I licked my fingers, laughed and marvelled at…

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  • The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor: Review

    Title: The Lost Letter Author: Jillian Cantor Publisher: Riverhead Books Pages: 316; Price: Rs 1100 As I reached the end of this book, I realised somewhere along the way I had forgotten that it was inspired for true events, but ultimately a work of fiction. But it couldn’t be I told myself, it was so…

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  • Eve Out of Her Ruins- Review

    Title: Eve Out of Her Ruins Author: Ananda Devi Publisher: Speaking Tiger Pages: 174; Price: Rs 299 This was not an easy book to read. It made me uncomfortable because it questioned my picture-perfect idea of Mauritius. Suddenly the clean, pristine waters and the happy, glowing vibes gave way to a seething underbelly of turbulence…

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