I wasn’t all that sure if I should actually pick Arundhati Roy’s latest- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The reasons were plenty. Firstly, despite all the acclaim and the Booker Prize, I hadn’t entirely enjoyed reading her first book – The God of Small Things. Secondly, her so called liberal opinions expressed on many occasions, on all things Indian, just didn’t go down well with me. And lastly, in just over a week since The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been out, there has been a complete mix of reviews bombarding social media. Some really juicy reviews that screamed out that
“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
“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
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.
It’s All in The Planets!!! Is it really so? We do often find life shaping up in a way that’s almost beyond our control. I remember reading these lines from a Ruskin Bond book recently- “What are we humans really just absurd little creatures strutting about as though we owned the earth and everything upon it. An ill wind comes along and we’re finished…” Bond’s writing never fails to make me smile at life’s little inanities. So are all things in life destined to happen? Preeti Shenoy’s latest book delves into these questions, taking a peek into the role of planets
“Sometimes you need to forget everything to recognize what matters the most….” One of those lines that would linger long in your mind, as you read A Forgotten Affair. How would it feel to wake up one fine morning to realize that you absolutely have no idea about who you are, or where you are from? Sagarika Mehta is in one such complex situation in her life. A victim of the Mumbai bomb blasts, she wakes up from a deep coma, in the hospital only to realize that she has no memory at all of her past. Who was she?
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
Genre- Spiritual Fiction Gopal Banerjee is just like you and me. A simple man, he loves his profession, the money he makes and generally content dealing with the rigmaroles of daily living. Until… he encounters… the great “Maya Devi”….. If you are keen on a soul-stirring book on spirituality and the thoughts that come with it, here is a new read – “The Extraordinary Consciousness of an Ordinary Man” by a relatively new author, Roy. I didn’t know much about the author until I picked up the book. On initial thought the name of the author by itself, seemed to
Fiction and fiction writers in India are the kinds who are always popular. Apart from the numerous fiction readers the country proudly boasts of, the recent past has also seen a gradual rise in the number of English fiction writers. But if there is one writer from among the long list of Indian writers, I had to pick, it would be the much loved Indian author Ruskin Bond. Predominantly known as a children’s author, Ruskin has a great number of novels, short stories and poetry that would appeal to the young and old alike. His writing is as fresh as