India, Nov. 27 -- Our aim has always been to be serious but accessible, says Brinda Datta, 58, managing editor of Biblio. One of India's longest-running little magazines, it's an independent venture that has devoted itself to book reviews, a niche that it felt was significant enough to warrant unbiased, expert attention. It reviews an eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction works. This year, the effort turns 25.

Datta was part of the launch team. Biblio's founder-editors, the late journalists Dileep Padgaonkar, Arvind N Das and Darryl D'Monte, started this 40 to 44-page magazine in 1995, referring to their own bookshelves to put together lists of what India should be reading, with reviews delving deep into why (the typical review is st...