Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

Children’s Book Review: The Little Man in the Map by E. Andrew Martonyi, Illustrated by Ed Olson

My hat, my face, my stylish shirt. Two states that prop my hat. A whispering state, a pack of books. Say “Cheese!” A honking pat. A puppy and a mitten, … Continue reading

November 6, 2007

Book Review: Love Walked In, Marisa de los Santos

There’s no better way to say it – I’m a sucker for love stories. Not the kind in which boy meets girl, fireworks explode and the constant excitement is punctuated … Continue reading

August 28, 2007

Children’s Book Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves and The Girl’s Like Spaghetti by Lynne Truss; Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons

In the introduction to her best-selling Eats, Shoots & Leaves (The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation), Lynne Truss describes a “true stickler”: For any true stickler, you see, the sight … Continue reading

August 7, 2007

Book Review: The Burden of Foreknowledge, Jawahara Saidullah

The river whispers maddening things to me in a slow, sinuous rhythm that wraps itself around me…. Her voice burrows within me, flowing inside me. ‘Nadee…’ she says, in a … Continue reading

May 16, 2007

Review:’s Self-Published Children’s Literature

Once upon a time, there was a baby polar bear who was a very picky eater; there were two girls, Orelda and Corelda, who went on a cruise aboard a … Continue reading

May 14, 2007

Book Review: On The Road to Kandahar Jason Burke

The final chapter of Jason Burke’s book, On the Road to Kandahar, Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World is titled “Conclusion: London and Pakistan,” and therefore I received fair … Continue reading

March 22, 2007

You really should not read Bill Bryson in public places

I had ignored the warning on the cover of Bill Bryson’s Notes From a Small Island. “Not a book that should be read in public, for fear of emitting loud … Continue reading

September 12, 2006