Askew by T.J.S George- Review

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Name         – Askew

Author                  -T.J.S George
Publisher              – Aleph Books
Number of Pages – 113
Publishing Year   – 2016
Edition                  – Hardcover

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Rating : 3.5

My Review

From the time I was a student, I have heard people delving into the nostalgic memories of Bangalore. Bangalore seemed to me as a city that once ventured will never leave our mind, like an obsessive lover. I have always been anxious about the real reason behind this admiration towards a city. When I recently visited the city all I could see was unending and frustrating traffic. But T.J.S George’s book Askew provides a whole new perspective about the city, decades back.

Author tells us why everyone relates Bangalore with nostalgia. Basanagudi is the center of the stories. There is a historical anecdote about the growth of the city. The book is more about how and why Bangalore went askew with the change in culture. As the subtitle claims, the book is a brief biography of Bangalore. If you are a Bangalorean or if you have been to Bangalore for a brief or lengthy stay, you would relate more with the book.

The narration is lucid and the language is engaging. The book is a simple easy read, it could be completed in a few hours. Author has also inculcated the views of people about Bangalore and the political jugglery. Thankfully there is no washing dirty linen in public regarding the political or generational differences. A major blemish in the whole tale is unduly lengthy biography of Sidharth Mallya. Well, author could have his own reasons for the same. 

Overall the book is an easy read into Biography of Bangalore,to tell Bangalore is a charmer.

This review is in return of a free book from the publisher  

About the author

T. J. S. George is a journalist who began his career at the Free Press Journal in 1950 and was the founding editor of Asiaweek. He established himself as a serious political author and biographer with a series of major books, including M. S. Subbulakshmi: The Definitive Biography, The Life and Times of Nargis and Krishna Menon: A Biography. At present, he is editorial adviser to the New Indian Express. A proud Bangalorean for nearly forty years (where he lives with his wife, Ammu), he received the state’s Rajyotsava Award in 2007.

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