Book Announcement: The Origin by Dan Brown

The author of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, is back again with his new book. Titled, The Origin, it would be the fifth installment in the Robert Langdon series. Primarily set in Spain, the book seems to be, yet again a paradoxical interplay between religion and science. Almost all his books have a similar central plot. And of course, in typical Dan Brown style, expect a whirlwind tour of the beautiful place, all with the Guggenheim Museum and Bilbao city in Northern Spain.  Critics have seldom been kind with Dan Brown’s books, yet it is no denying that his books have been best

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Lone Fox Dancing-Autobiography by Ruskin Bond

I just cannot review certain books. Surely I may sound very biased here. But, if I were to do a critical evaluation or try to assess the value of these books, it would be to undermine the author and his words. I simply cannot review Ruskin Bond and his books. I just pen down my whole experience of reading them!!!!! Ruskin Bond’s autobiography was his birthday gift to his readers in the month of June. The book Lone Fox Dancing, documents his life- from a young boy in boarding school, life in England and finally his return to India and turning

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Book Review: Sita Warrior of Mithila By Amish Tripathi

The much awaited second book in the Ram Chandra Series by Amish Tripathi is finally out. Titled Sita- Warrior of Mithila, the book has come after a gap of almost two years. Let me begin by warning Amish fans, not to compare this book with the earlier Meluha series. ‘Cause if you do so, you may lose out on drawing the complete essence of the book. I had done it when I read the first in the series, “The Scion of Ikshvaku”, and somehow was left disappointed. So this time around, I decided to read it with an open mind,

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Me Before You-Jojo Moyes

“Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes came as the much needed refreshing read, after I had completed the “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I largely read soft romances, though I don’t truly consider myself a romantic person. Probably that’s why I end up picking up these books. But, Me Before You isn’t one of those books with oodles of romance. In fact, I wouldn’t even want to categorize it under this genre. Yet, it is one of those books that give an emotional tug at the heart. Louisa Clark has no great ambitions in life. Nor does she have

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The Book Thief By Markus Zusak- Review

Heard of books that feed the soul? The Book Thief may well be considered one. Let me tell you at the onset, this book isn’t for those who seek a light and quick read. Nor is it for those, who like all things bright and happy. The Book Thief is for you if you love to get right into the skin of the characters. It is for you if experimental fiction thrills you. It is for you, if you love reading about the Holocaust, even if it is something you have heard enough about. Set in Nazi Germany, it is

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The Mother I Never Knew By Sudha Murty

Last weekend I completed reading Sudha Murty’s “The mother I never knew”. A collection of two simple novellas, the book gives a peek into families and their past secrets- and how important are they in the here and now. The book presents two different men and their stories. Venkatesh the bank manager, accidently stumbles upon his father’s past and discovers an abandoned wife and child. On the other hand Mukesh, the son of a well-to-do man, discovers on his father’s death that he was actually adopted. Both men accidently uncover a past, to find a mother they never knew existed.

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Book Review: The Mask Diaries By Abhinav Goel

Heard of the great Persian epic Sohrab and Rustum? It is that tale of the brave warrior Rustum who unknowingly slays his long-lost son Sohrab, in a single combat. A tale of valor, though it may seem, but this epic is not just about war, death and battle. It brings out the ironies of life. It brings out pride and anger – the masks we wear. It is about good and of evil existing within the protagonist and all around him too. Taking a cue from this great epic is Abhinav Goel’s The Mask Diaries. Profound and deep, the book is

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Book Review: Before We Visit The Goddess By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“What is the nature of life? Life is lines of dominoes falling. One thing leads to another, and then another, just like you’d planned. But suddenly a Domino gets skewed, events change direction, people dig in their heels, and you’re faced with a situation that you didn’t see coming, you who thought you were so clever.” ― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Before We Visit the Goddess If ever you feel like reading a fiction, that holds within its pages a deep tale, with elements of profoundness, pick Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Her writing surpasses all, and the stories never fail to grip

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Chetan Bhagat- Review of One Indian Girl

Chetan Bhagat is truly the most loved or, the most hated author in the country. Surely, on one side we have a large percentage of readers who simply cannot stop adoring his books, and on the other side there is a larger number who simply dislike his books. Despite all the brickbats he receives for his featured columns in major dailies, or for his stint as a judge on a reality show, Chetan Bhagat’s books do sell and they rake in the moolahs!! To me he is neither good nor a bad writer. He is average and yes, definitely over-rated.

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The Secret of God’s Son- Usha Narayanan

‘The seas will devour the glorious city of Dwaraka. People will forget your name and your Gita! May the world perish! May the world perish!’ This is the cruel curse Queen Gandhari throws upon Krishna. Mankind plunges into the evil of Kali Yuga. It is now on the shoulders of Krishna to reverse this curse and prediction. As he journeys through terrifying realms, he confronts Yama the Lord of Death and Shiva the destroyer and, vanquishes the Kali demon. He must lead his people out of the swirling vortex of greed, disease and misery. And there is one powerful weapon still —

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Book Review- A Broken Man by Akash Verma

What’s our country like? Look beyond the glitz and glamour of the metros, and you would find a nation plagued by discrimination, caste systems and political skirmishes. And bringing out these very shades of the country is Akash Verma’s love saga – A Broken Man. Akash Verma, based out of Gurgaon, India has authored two bestsellers till now- It Happened that Night and Three Times Loser. His work has taken him across the country and this travel experience of his reflects in his writing. A Broken Man delves deep into the lives of Krishna and Chhavi- two young souls who meet in

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Murder in the Mews- Agatha Christie

There are murder mysteries and then there is Hercule Poirot! This Belgian detective is surely AGATHA Christie’s greatest creation. Charming and not so modest about it, Hercule Poirot is known for his eccentric mannerisms. But well! He sure does manage to solve each of his cases with a dramatic twist. No wonder he has been the centerpiece in many of Christie’s novels. And as the man himself says- “My name is Hercule Poirot, and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.” – Hercule Poirot in The Mystery of the Blue Train And we don’t doubt that, do we? It’s

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