In which I don’t like a book by one of the most respected Indian writers of our time.

  In India, the word “Maoist” is thrown around like “terrorist” in America. Anyone who fits the profile–physical, geographic, socioeconomic–falls into the Maoist bucket, just another drop in the undercurrent of revolution flowing through the subcontinent. While some Americans peg people as terrorists for their looks and supposed faith, many Indians imagine that anyone who […]

This beauty book will answer your skeptical questions about natural skincare.

Books about beauty tend to suffer from a certain level of hokeyness that comes with reassuring readers that it’s okay to care enough about their appearance to read an entire volume on it. On top of that, books that push a certain beauty philosophy risk traipsing into marketing territory. Kristen Ma’s “Beauty Pure and Simple” […]