• Literature+Fiction

    Introspection with Jasmine Days

    A couple of years back, a civil resistance rocked the country of Tunisia. There were a series of street demonstrations in retaliation to corrupt governance, a growing inflation and a high rate of unemployment. The protests finally led to the ousting of the then President. The Tunisian Revolution was intense and the wave of change brought in freedom and democracy. The revolution was popularly titled the Jasmine Revolution and soon…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Popcorn Zone

    Doggy Devotion and Finding Gobi

    It was sometime around 2008 that I first got to know of Rani -a pitch black stray dog that had wandered into our colony. No one knew where she came from, or rather, no one really bothered to find out. Soon, Rani found a place in the heart and home of a lonely widow in the colony, who lived by herself in a sprawling bungalow, protected by Dolly- a watch…

  • Popcorn Zone

    When I Reduced my TBR from Hundred to Ten

    “I flaunted my de-clutter achievement to the husband at home. His eyes opened wide as he glared at the screen that had just been thrust into his hand…” With a substantial number of people in my circle-both online and offline- advocating #konmari and her de-cluttering ways, along with the importance of minimalism, it was, but natural, for me to be strongly influenced by it all. Now, I must mention an…

  • 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…