• Gender Parity,  Popcorn Zone

    From Victim to Crusader- Jayamma Bhandari and her Mission to Rehabilitate Sex Workers #WATWB

    I read Jayamma’s story on a lazy Sunday morning. It was the month of March, and my local daily carried her story in an obscure corner. I am glad my eyes spotted the column. Every year, ahead of International Women’s day, extraordinary women of India are conferred with the Nari Shakti Award by the government. Thirty nine year old Jayamma Bhandari and her story stood out this year. A crusader for…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    One Indian Girl- #AtoZChallenge

    “You need a man to support, inspire. . .understand you. Help you be the best person you can be, banker, mother, both, whatever. And until you find a man you trust enough to do that, why settle?”  ― Chetan Bhagat, One Indian Girl I am not a Chetan Bhagat fan. I find his books pretty average, and yes, definitely over-rated. His books are no great pieces of literature, yet they appeal to the masses. And…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Neapolitan Series- My Brilliant Friend- #AtoZChallenge

    “We were twelve years old, but we walked along the hot streets of the neighborhood, amid the dust and flies that the occasional old trucks stirred up as they passed, like two old ladies taking the measure of lives of disappointment, clinging tightly to each other. No one understood us, only we two—I thought—understood one another.” ― Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend   My Brilliant Friend is the first of the four…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Me Before You #AtoZChallenge

    “Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”  ― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You Me Before You by Jojo Moyes isn’t one of those books with oodles of romance. Yet, this book has it in it, to give you that emotional tug at the heart. It depicts a beautiful journey of two distinct individuals- Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Where Louisa Clark may seem way too whimsical, Will is a…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Little Fires Burning #AtoZChallenge

    “All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles.” ― Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere What an apt title indeed for a novel that explores the intricacies of relationships. For often it is fear, insecurity and sorrow that…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret #AtoZChallenge

    “I’ve always had this deep-down conviction that I’m not like everybody else, and there’s an amazingly exciting new life waiting for me just around the corner.”  ― Sophie Kinsella, Can You Keep a Secret? Emma is a young, beautiful woman with a huge heart, irresistible spirit and way too many secrets. At least, they were secrets until she spills them all to a stranger…who turns out to be her boss! Working as…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Jefferey Archer’s Florentyna from Kane and Abel Series #AtoZChallenge

    “Congratulations, Mr. Rosnovski. You have a beautiful girl, said the obstetrician. The multimillionaire chairman of Baron Group of Hotels, Mr. Abel Rosnovski frowned. But he quietly went with the doctor and peered through the observation window. He saw his baby among the row of tiny faces. Her little fingers were curled into a tight fist. Abel smiled, proudly. He had read somewhere that a child was not expected to do…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Mystery, Thriller+Suspense,  Women in Books

    If Tomorrow Comes – #AtoZChallenge

      “I will survive, Tracy thought. I face my enemies naked, and my courage is my shield.”  ― Sidney Sheldon, If Tomorrow Comes I am a Sidney Sheldon fan. Just love the suspense element that his books hold within it. But must say, have had my reservations on the portrayal of women in a few of his books. Nevertheless, here is a book, where I loved the main protagonist-the beautiful, intelligent and strong…