The buzz may be about Padma Lakshmi’s memoirs, Love, Loss, and What We Ate, where she chews and spits out ex-husband Salman Rushdie. But Indian writing isn't short of glamour either. Bollywood starlet Sunny Leone is coming out with a collection of short stories, simply called Sweet Dreams. Publishers Juggernaut promise these are stories of “power and play which treat women as sexual equals to men and explore girls who do the seduction”. Then at the Penguin Spring Fever, there was the svelte Shilpa Shetty talking about her book, The Great Indian Diet, which busts some myths about celebrated western diets.
Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer showed how a medical book can become high literature. Philosophical,...