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  • History, Mythology+Fantasy,  Literature+Fiction

    Re-imagining the Epic with The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    There are days when I just feel like re –reading my favourite books, soaking in every bit of the familiar text. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee is one such book. I have never been fond of reading mythology. The genre would bore me to the core and I seldom cared to pick it up or give it a try. Yet this book shattered it all, and I was left with bated breath as each page unfolded the tale in a most different fashion. “The power of a man is like a bull’s charge, while the power of a woman moves aslant, like a serpent seeking its prey. Know…

  • World Around Me

    Morning Walks Are Magical

    Morning walks are therapeutic. It opens up your mind, clears negative thoughts and brings about a whole new freshness. As Henry Thoreau once said, “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day”. The essence and truth behind this statement sunk into me deeply, only off-late. For a long time my mornings were marked with the stress and the madness of getting two young kids dressed and packed to school. As much as I would decide every night to pay heed to the early morning alarm, the multiple five minute snoozes on the clock ensured I got up just in time to get lunch boxes and breakfast ready, and…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    The Last Girl: Nadia Murad and her Story

    I have read books on war, books on the holocaust, the genocide and the aftermath. But, if there is one book in recent times which made me sit up and reflect, it’s got to be The Last Girl– the story of Nadia Murad, who was held captive by the ISIS, and her struggle to break free. The book is a brilliant narrative of her painful years, when the ISISI forced out her entire village, brutally torturing and killing people. Nadia and her Yazidi community Born in Kocho, a village in the Northern part of Iraq, Nadia belonged to the Yazidi community. The community follows its own age old traditions and rituals;…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Mystery, Thriller+Suspense

    Book Review: The Woman in The Window by AJ Finn

    I am drawn to psycho-thrillers, the likes of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. A recent book that had me hooked was The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn. A debut novel by the author, yet this book scores on almost all fronts. I loved the narration, the story, and most importantly the brilliance in the execution of the suspense. Anna Fox at the window Anna, psychologist by profession, lives alone. Ten months since she left home, and in a new neighborhood, her days are spent in loneliness, watching old movies, drinking wine, counseling patients through an online portal. She suffers from agoraphobia (the fear of open spaces),…

  • Parenting,  World Around Me

    Deep Rooted in Oil

    This weekend, after the ritualistic Saturday oil bath for the kids, I found myself soaked… soaked completely in nostalgia! I poured the warm oil in a cup, placed two wooden planks on the floor, and seated myself on another. The children knew what I was up to, hence it was time for them to play the hide and seek. Cornering them, and pinning them down between my legs, the glorious procedure of the oil bath began. The oil splattered on their head and scalp, dripping down their face, as I rubbed it deep into their skin. With the tip of my fingers I massaged the rest of the oil on to…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

    They say,” Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This is so true and, I would surely want to add to this. Don’t judge a book by its name. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal, is one such book. For reasons explained above, (yes I judged the book by its title), I overlooked this book and didn’t bother to add it to my to-be-reads, until a fellow blogger recommended it. And am glad I read it! So here it goes Nikki is the young and sassy twenty something girl. The next generation to Indian Immigrant parents in the UK, and having spent all her life amidst the…