THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SEVEN by ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH

Can there be many things better than reading 2 Alexander McCall Smith novels back to back? One day “The Forgotten Affairs of Youth”. The next day, “The Importance of being seven”. The joys of being on holiday. Both of these novels are set in Edinburgh, but in different parts of …

THE FORGOTTEN AFFAIRS OF YOUTH by ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

Reading an Alexander McCall Smith novel, from any of his many series, is both a delicious pleasure as well as a masterclass in elegant prose. His stories unfold slowly, at a natural pace, with ample time for his characters (and readers) to allow their thoughts to wander, to think about …

DELHI DURBAR by SUNIL RAMAN & ROHIT AGARWAL

This week, New Delhi officially turned 100 years old. On 12 December 1911, at the Delhi Durbar, in front of maharajahs, rajahs, princes, and thousands of British and Indian citizens, King George V made an announcement that would have major repercussions for India. The capital city was going to be …

UNLEASHING GENIUS by DILIP MUKERJEA

This fat, distinctly jolly-looking book is just crying out to be placed under the Christmas tree, waiting to bring fun and new skills to children of all ages. Although the target audience is, I suspect, school children and teenagers, there are so many useful skills to be learned from this …