Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

Book Review: Karadi Tales’ Will You Read With Me? Series

Hathaman is an accomplished yogi. Before the sun reaches the mid-way point in its journey across the sky each day, he’s finished up a hundred and fifty Surya Namaskaras, the … Continue reading

December 16, 2009

Review: Not Becoming My Mother, Ruth Reichl

A couple of weeks ago we were in the check-out line at the library, standing right next to a shelf of newly released books. As the kids and and I … Continue reading

October 8, 2009

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