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  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Five Non Fiction Books To Read This Summer

    If you seek something beyond that fiction pile of yours, here is a list of non-fiction narratives to satisfy your reading urges. Not too heavy and yet with a depth of its own kind, these non-fiction books would make a great read this summer. A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari 70,000 years of human existence- yes that’s how long we have been around. But wait, before you think, here is another history/sociology/ biology book, let me make it clear. Sapiens is a book that would get you thinking. It is a book that triggers imagination, piques curiosity. From the beginning of the human race, our life over…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Women in Books

    E(X)traordinary She Was- Helen Keller #AtoZChallenge

    “Knowledge is love and light and vision.”  ― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life   She is extraordinary in every way. Helen Keller, the inspirational lady, who triumphed over her adversities in the most incredible way. This is her true story- her autobiography. Helen Keller was deaf and blind. Struck by meningitis at 19 months of age, her world all of a sudden turned dark and silent. At a time when those around her thought that her life was destined to be lived in isolation and darkness, along came Anne Sullivan, her teacher. The Story of my Life is a book that chronicles her life, her growing up, and her struggles…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Book Review: Immortal India by Amish

    The Shiva Trilogy followed by the Ramchandra series, has surely catapulted Amish to the list of popular Indian writers. He has come a long way, from his days as a debut writer with Immortals of Meluha. Today, Amish could be found on the invite list of almost all literary events. He is a public speaker and his opinions are sought in many forums across the country. Immortal India is his first non-fiction book. It is essentially a collection of his earlier published works in newspapers, speeches at various public events and debates that he has been part of. The book touches upon a range of topics, from LGBT, to freedom…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Book Review: Amma-Jayalalithaa’s Journey by Vaasanthi

    Ever wondered why some people’s life fascinate us? Why are they so enigmatic? Dr. J Jayalalithaa was an enigma! She made her rule, in two professions that had always been dominated by men. The reigning movie star way back in the 60s and 70s, and then the queen of Tamil politics in the decades that followed. Her life had seen it all- fame, adulations, humiliation, defeat and victory. She was always under public scrutiny. Yet, she was a mystery in many a ways, and probably would remain so. Vaasanthi’s book on Amma and her journey from a movie star to a political queen was the trending book on Juggernaut, around…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    The Princess Trilogy #1- A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson

    Last weekend I decided to read the first book in the Princess Trilogy- for the second time. I had come across this book during my high school years, and it had had a great impact on me. I decided to re-read it, to see if there would be a similar effect!! Must say it did! The Princess is the story of a Saudi princess- Sultana. Claimed to be a true story, it recounts Sultana’s life, whom the author had met when she was living in Saudi Arabia. Sultana is the name adapted in the book to ensure her identity remains hidden. She is a part of the Al-Saud family, which…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Three Thousand Stitches By Sudha Murty

    The weekend that passed by was quite a boring one, as I spent my time alone at home. The kids had a weekend getaway at a friend’s place, and the spouse was out at work. Having nothing much to do, and not in a frame of mind for a heavy read, I picked up Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murty. I had seen the book listed in the non-fiction category in the HT Nelson top 10 list. And, having read Sudha’s earlier books, it seemed to be the perfect read for the lazy weekend. Sudha Murty’s stories have always been inspiring, and most of them have a nice take away, something…