• Specific Recommendations

    Eight Recommendations for the Bookworm Valentine

    If gifting a book to your bookworm Valentine is on your mind, here is a list of eight books across genres that you could consider. Let me make it clear here that I have deliberately included books of various sorts rather than just romance. For, whoever said that only romantic books are to be given to a book lover Valentine! These books are worth every bit of one’s time. 1.…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy

    Ganga: The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli

    There have been quite a many now. Re-telling of the mythology as a genre has gained immense popularity in recent times. This isn’t really restricted to Indian publishing. In fact the recent Madeline Miller’s Circe shows that globally too, mythology is a genre that’s popular amongst authors as well as readers. As popular as it is, such books are hard work for an author. For, the facts are out there…

  • Book Shots,  Literature+Fiction

    Pyre By Perumal Murugan

    Pyre- translated from Perumal Murugan’s original Tamil novel Pookkuzhi is a heart wrenching love story of Kumaresan and Saroja in a remote village called Kattuppatti. After a hasty wedding, Saroja and Kumaresan who belong to different castes, decide to head home, hoping to live a marital life of bliss. Kumaresan, though, is careful not to mention his newly wed wife’s caste to his people. However, the people of Kattuppatti aren’t…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Bridge of Clay By Markus Zusak

    I took way too long to complete Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. The 600 odd page book was indeed a volume and it took me over a month to finally put it down. This is my second Zusak book. I loved the earlier Book Thief where the writing stole the show. However, Bridge of Clay failed to leave a similar mark. Five boys in a house At 18 Archer…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy

    The Forest of Enchantments By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    I have read, seen and heard a dozen odd versions of the Ramayan. But the simplicity with which Chitra Banerjee’s latest “The Forest of Enchantments” lays it out, completely won me over. The book is by far one of the best versions of the Ramayan I have some across. This retelling portrays not only elements of honor, love and duty, but it also brings out the inherent sexism that has…

  • Parenting,  Popcorn Zone

    Recreating Blyton’s Picnics

    Like most children of the eighties, I was fascinated by Enid Blyton books- specifically the Famous Five series.  Looking back, her descriptions of picnics that comprised of food such as ginger buns, jam bread, baked potatoes, cakes, biscuits and tarts of various sorts, which were washed down with a glass of lemonade, just seemed to excite me. Therefore, it is quite likely that I would push this fondness on to…

  • Contests & Sponsored

    The Smart Home Revolution For One And All

    It is 6.20 AM on a Monday morning as I kick myself out of bed. The alarm has failed once again, and I have exactly an hour to get my two children ready for school. The breakfast needs to be prepared and lunch boxes to be packed, just in time to catch the school bus. After an hour of high intensity motherly activity, I sit down to sip my morning…

  • Books-U Write I Say

    Reading Challenges for 2019

    I have never quite had an inclination to reading challenges, until the end of 2018. For, reading has always been a pleasure- a way to keep myself occupied in those hours I find for myself. But well it is 2019, and with all things around me generally taking a whole new turn, it seems just fine to bring in a bit of an excitement into my reading passion too. Signing…