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  • Mystery, Thriller+Suspense

    The President is Missing: James Patterson and Bill Clinton

    I keep wondering…. Why does James Patterson bring out books only in collaboration? Well, I ain’t really going to get an answer to this, so I might as well just deduce that he finds it easier to bring out a book faster and in quick succession this way. The latest in line to collaborate with James Patterson is Bill Clinton, the former American President. It indeed was interesting to see the new avatar of Clinton- as a writer. “The President is Missing” is a political thriller in every respect. A fictitious US President Jonathan Duncan has to go underground, disappearing for a few days as the country seems to have come…

  • Book Snippets,  Literature+Fiction

    Book Snippet: A Thousand Splendid Suns

    There are books we like, and then there are books that stay with us for long. They are the books we seldom forget for, the characters forge an in-erasable image in our minds. An author who is able to etch this image could very well be said to have achieved his goal, of telling a story that would never be forgotten. His words have touched a chord and they stay even after that last page has been turned over. Ever found a book like this? Here is a snippet from a book that I love for various reasons. I have spoken and blogged about it a several times, yet I…

  • Parenting,  World Around Me

    There is a Sick Mom in the Home!

    After a week long bout of viral infection, I have come to the conclusion that feeling ill as a parent is one of the toughest situations. Weak and exhausted, as I lay on my bed moaning with body pain, the only thought that kept cropping up is why, oh why, did I have to fall ill? With two little kids, and a husband whose line of duty often keeps him away, I am the single caregiver and parent in the home front. Thus, by me falling ill, the household actually comes to a standstill. I look forward to the monsoons almost every year. I love the smell of the wet…

  • Mystery, Thriller+Suspense

    YA Thriller: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

    I finally read a YA thriller. I have off- late begun to pick up book recommendations from Instagram accounts I follow, and this has enabled me to experiment different genres and styles of writing. Bad girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten, a Young Adult thriller, is one such random pick that took me by storm. A simple tale indeed “Be careful when your feelings are too strong, when you love someone too much. A heart too full is like a bomb. One day it will explode.” Three strong characters were all that was required to write this tale of friendship, love and jealousy. Simple in every way, yet when their…

  • Literature+Fiction

    The Last Colour: Fiction by Vikas Khanna

    Most often the simplest of dishes give out the best of flavors. Chef Vikas Khanna’s first fiction is sort of similar to this. The Last Colour, published by Bloomsbury, may well be a simple tale, of a relationship between a young tight rope walker and a middle aged widow. Yet the book brings out in abundance emotions- the longing of the heart and the impact of social bias. Vikas Khanna is the man who adorns several caps-a celebrity chef, judge at Master Chef India, and author to several best-selling food related books. It thus did pique my interest and “The Last Colour” found its way into my hands. Varanasi- The…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy

    Historical Fiction: Painter to the King by Amy Sackville

    In a constant quest to read something different, my eyes have been wandering about trying to pick up different titles. These days I have been picking up the not so popular ones, across genres from different parts of the globe. Though I may often not really find the plot completely palatable, I have begun to appreciate the books for various other aspects. I have begun to notice the varied writing styles adapted by authors, each with their own uniqueness. A recent book I read- Painter to the King- was a book from across the globe. Written by Amy Sackville, it was recommended by my favorite bookstagrammer. Not sure if it…