Free Press Journal
  • From Quetta to Delhi: A Partition Story by Reena Nanda- Review

    From Quetta to Delhi A Partition Story is the life story of Mrs Shakunt Nanda, mother of the author, Reena Nanda. At the beginning of the book there is a picture of Shakunt Nanda, which makes the book lively. The picture is followed by a map of pre-partition Balochistan, Punjab and Delhi and a small note on Balochistan. It adds a lot of credibility to the book. In India, there is a

  • What a Life! A Kaleidoscope of Rajinder Puri’s Cartoons by Partha Chatterjee, Arvindar Singh- Review

    The one cartoon of Rajinder Puri that sums up his philosophy in life is the iconic one that graces the cover of his book What a Life! A Kaleidoscope of Rajinder Puri’s Cartoons. Aptly named, The Void, the 1964 composition holds at its centre a white silhouette of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, surrounded by a mass of people, representing the loss of a beloved leader of a devoted nation. The cartoonist and

  • Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from Around the World by Mineke Schipper- Review

    Our development since early childhood would show our stories liberally strewn with sayings and adages, maxims and axioms and wise saws, not to forget the inevitable truisms, platitudes…and clichés. Some learnt at the mother’s knee, others at the end of a stick – the latter of which was generally metaphorical. Thus, what Lord John Russell rightly called “the wit of one and the wisdom of many” became a kind of standard to

  • Speaking Truth to Power: My Alternative by P. Chidambaram- Review

    Speaking truth to power: My alternative view is a collection of former Union Minister for Home and Finance P Chidambaram’s incisive essays published last year as a weekly column in The Indian Express. The articles covered a range of subjects like demonetisation, economy, politics, foreign policy, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and nation at large.

  • Breach: Remarkable Stories of Espionage and Data Theft and the Fight to Keep Secrets Safe by Nirmal John-Review

    Welcome to the 21st century where we are silently being followed by the web apocalypse and will soon be hit by it if we fail to realise it’s uncontrollably spreading web and instead prefer to be its slave. In a world where massive steps are put into practice to help conserve encryption security and eradication of data theft, Breach by Nirmal John is a subtle reminder of the fact that none of

  • Bombay Swastika by Braham Singh: Review

    Rumour had it they had gone found some poor dead bastard at Fertilisers and Ernst Steiger realised he too was out of luck. Times like this, he would rub the mole on his face. The fertiliser factory compound was emptying before his eyes and he thought, surely a skeleton shift stays back to man a continuous process plant? It doesn’t appear that way, even though not everyone was headed for the gates.

  • The ISIS Caliphate: From Syria to the Doorsteps of India by Stanly Johny- Review

    The name of the book is a bold step in itself by the author. In India where majority of media person are in denial about the presence of ISIS, here is a book by a journalist which accepts it. The author Stanly Johny is International Affairs Editor with a leading English newspaper and has a PhD in West Asian Studies from JNU.

  • Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani by Mehr Tarar- Review

    Gripping. Yes, it is. Every chapter has to be finished in one go, but you cannot read the whole book at once. It is not a one night read. It’s heavy. Easy to understand, but difficult to swallow. The harsh realities of women in the 21st-century country, ‘where movement of female body is prohibited’, Mehr Tarar encloses pity, fear, anger and disgust with every chapter.