TV PRESENTER Tripathi revisits a hoary literary chestnut: ‘write what you know’. And so, her sassy, slightly world-weary, news anchor heroine faces down newsroom politics and a fraught personal life before finally snapping. If her disenchantment with TV news was any more palpable, it would physically smack readers.
Krishan Partap Singh
THE SECOND volume in Singh’s Raisina series is a surprisingly intelligent potboiler with political intrigue to spare. Set in Lutyens’ Delhi, the book follows an emerging politico as India reels on the brink of military dictatorship. A parallel plot involving his estranged wife is an effective emotional counterpoint.
ZAIDI blends her political reportage with personal reflections — almost like blog entries. The events and people she describes, from Punjabi families trying to book a ticket out of India to disarming dacoits, are a rare entry into a journalist’s working mind — betrayed, unfortunately, by sub-par editing.
ANOTHER SEMI memoir about life on the road as a journalist, NDTV reporter Choudhury relates her trip across India in the lead up to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections — ostensibly to locate the ‘Indian voter’. The travelogue aspect of the book is far more enjoyable than its perfunctory political analysis.
The End of the Party
THIS PORTENTOUS account by political journalist Rawnsley has made waves in its depiction of outgoing PM Gordon Brown as an abusive despot. The incredibly detailed volume charts the decline of New Labour amid in-fighting and a loss of political will. Its timing couldn’t have been worse for the party.