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

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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

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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

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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,

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City of Djinns By William Dalrymple #writebravely

“For all its faults we love this city”-  William Dalrymple, City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi I have lived in Delhi for 3 years. Despite, the city being harsh in many a ways, there is something in this city that has won over my heart. The weekend was spent reading William Dalrymple’s “City of Djinns – A year in Delhi”. The book kindled a nostalgic feeling within me, of the days I spent there, my trips to the old city, the cycle rickshaw rides and the people so very unique to this place. Heard of Tughlakabad? Or want to know about

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Remnants of a Separation by Aanchal Malhotra

Isn’t a book jacket a crucial element, when choosing a book? “Remnants of a Separation” by Aanchal Malhotra boasts of one such book cover- a beautiful integration of title and image. And beyond doubt, it persuaded me to get started on a reading experience. I wasn’t left disappointed. It is a book that speaks volumes on partition, its effects with the passage of time, family ties and loss. Partition as we know it Post- independence from the British Raj, the country was divided into two separate entities- India and Pakistan. A major population exchange happened with over 25 million people

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