Upcoming Book Reviews

Here are some of the books we plan to review on the SearchIndia.com blog in the coming weeks and months.


By Simon Montefiore

This is a work of fiction unlike Simon Montefiore’s earlier works. We’ve started reading this book and like it so far.

We loved the author’s first book on Stalin, which covers the later years of the dictator’s life.

The Toss of a Lemon

By Padma Viswanathan

The multigeneration fictional story of a Tamil Brahmin family starting with the young widow Sivakami.

Some of the Amazon reviewers love the book but the NYT reviewer wasn’t too pleased. Here’s the last sentence of the NYT review – Padma Viswanathan has real talent, but before she can take full advantage of it, she’ll need to find a compass.

Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation

By Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is one of the founders of Indian IT services firm Infosys. It’ll be interesting to see what Nandan Nilekani has to say on India.

5 Responses to "Upcoming Book Reviews"

  1. beni   December 31, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    sounds good. hurry up & review them fast instead of wasting time sitting & responding to ur chamchas.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: responding to ur chamchas

    And who would they be, Grandma?

  2. Skjoldbjærg   January 1, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Padma doesn’t look like the Tamil aunty I envisioned her to be.. there is still a lot of indian-ness in her accent. Her husband has a bigger wikipedia entry than her.. will probably change soon.. Best wishes, Padma.

    I am very interested in reading what she would have written in the very, very, shy part

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Thanks for the link. Just watched the video.

    2. You write above: I am very interested in reading what she would have written in the very, very, shy part

    We’ll let you know in a few days

    3. You write: there is still a lot of indian-ness in her accent

    We didn’t think so. Padma was born in Nelson, British Columbia and grew up in Edmonton.

  3. Skjoldbjærg   January 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

    hey, is the mention of very, very shy part a clever marketing ruse.. does seem like it was plugged in to entice perverts like me to buy the book.. grandmas in trouble.. Beni-grandma is stuck in Swingtown Chi-town and Padma’s grandma is being embarrassed on youtube.

    Hey, Beni stop flirting with my SI.

  4. asha.tampa   January 9, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Hey, do you review newly released books, or old masterpieces too? And I bet you still havent read Bridges of Madison County, right?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Old, new, not so old.

    Bridges of Madison County – Soon.

  5. pam   April 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Looking for someone in India to review this newly released business book: The Elephant in the Boardroom: Is India Worth All the Trouble? by Pamela Kunkle.

    HOUSTON, TX (MMD Newswire) March 19, 2009 — The Elephant in the Boardroom: Is India Worth All the Trouble? by Pamela Kunkle argues that certain hiring, training and management strategies can improve the performance of U.S. organizations relying on outsourced labor in India.
    The book is intended to serve as a roadmap for business leaders tasked with managing personnel both at home and abroad and offers insight on topics including travel, social interaction, language barriers, business continuity and more.

    “I was inspired to write after my company’s decision to reduce cost by outsourcing to India, which has been the trend for many companies in recent years,” Kunkle explains. “Too little has been done to prepare global business participants for Indian culture. Without adequate training, these relationships can result in misunderstandings, frustrated employees and customers, delayed or over-budgeted projects and loss of reputation.”

    Press release source: http://www.mmdnewswire.com/pamela-kunkle-4789.html

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