Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida


Book Reviews By NITISH S. RELE,
Vision and Wisdom

Vision and Wisdom” (168 pages, $28.43) by Prof. Bala V. Manyam; published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing (available at, and Kindle)

Here are some pearls of wisdom (one or two liners) from the Wisdom segment of this book by Tampa-based physician scientist Prof. Bala V. Manyam. “When the devil blends bitter and sour, the result is beer.” “Luck is the spice to the effort put.” “In an arranged marriage the two live together; in love marriage they may live for each other.” “Be kind when you have no power; be even kinder when you have power.” “Everyone should suffer sometimes to learn the value of life; no one should suffer forever to make life meaningless.” “One who believes in the weather forecast is at a risk to believe in everything.” As for the Vision segment, you will need to buy the book and check out some stunning photographs taken by the philosophical author, mostly in Asia.

A Matter of RatsA Matter of Rats” (114 pages, $19.95) by Amitava Kumar; published by Duke University Press (

If you haven’t read any of Amitava Kumar’s books, you must. “Passport Photos” and “Husband of a Fanatic: A Personal Journey through India, Pakistan, Love, and Hate” are our favorites by the Helen D. Lockwood professor of English at Vassar College in New York. A word of caution: this book is not just about rats. It’s about the author’s visit to a town he grew up in, Patna, known for corruption, overwhelming poverty, and succulent mangoes. The insightful and keen observer walks us through the streets of one of the world’s oldest cities while chancing up with rats, of course, and poets, artists and politicians, a girl’s picture in a historian’s study, a sheet of paper on his mother’s desk, and a whole lot more. It’s a quick and delightful read, as all Kumar’s books are.


The Shenanigans of Time: Related stories of love and longing

The Shenanigans of Time: Related stories of love and longing” (210 pages, $10.95) by P.A. Chawla; published by Pen-n-Mouse Press

Fifteen intertwined short stories shedding light on Indian Americans, including a well-off motel owner, a teacher, and their families, a high school student, among few others make for an interesting tale. The author shows courage in tackling several subjects such as childhood and parenthood, teen pregnancy, sex and love, to focus on the lives of immigrants during the 1990s. The varied, colorful characters, especially the motelier’s wife and daughter, help keep the momentum going in the story. The Related Stories and Cast of Characters at the beginning of the book are helpful. Chawla deserves credit for a decent first-time effort at storytelling. Now, we can look forward to the next.





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