18 January, 2021

Pages Make Great Chaat

The writing is unifor­mly informed by a quiet but insistent passion—for books, writers, rea­­d­ing and other book-lov­ers

Pages Make Great Chaat

It intrigues. It entices. The title of this collection of essays, interviews and musings turns out to be both metaphorical and literal. It resonates with a magical realist ring not entirely belied by the contents.

Nothing less is to be expected from Nilanjana Roy. Book-lover extraordinary, she has ranged comfortably over the dom­ains of journalist, reviewer, essayist, blogger and novelist with passion and ease. Her enduring fascination with all things literary and her visceral engagement with the world of books eme­rge vividly from everything she writes. The blurb promises to revisit the best of her occasional pieces, weaving them together with a set of new personal essays. Most of the pieces appear to have been written over the last 18 years or so and several are understandably circumscri­bed by the tyranny of the deadline and the word limit.

As a result, the book is ine­vitably a mixed bag. Dividing it into seven sections, each with its own theme, has imp­osed some sort of order. Of these, the most straightforward are the sections devoted to...



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