• Literature+Fiction

    Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth by Aruna Nambiar

    After a couple of disappointing reads, this month finally gave me a book worth talking about. With an interesting title, “Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth” is the debut fiction of Aruna Nambiar. The book took me by surprise with its brilliant style and content, bringing back my lost faith in Indian writing. Set in small town Ambalakunnu in Kerala the plot may well seem simple. Yet, as a story teller Aruna Nambiar’s web of words ensures readers get to take something out of the book when that last page is turned over. It is three simple plots woven together seamlessly       A long summer in 1980’s, when life was far simpler than…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Book Review: Job Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya

    If only all management books read like this, surely this genre would have more readers as takers. I must make a confession here that I generally avoid self-help books of sorts, and prefer to lay my hands on fiction. Yet, this book came as an exception. Rishi Piparaiya’s Job be Damned is funny, intuitive and way too intelligent to be ignored. What may prima’ facie seem to be just another management book, prescribing the tricks of the trade to sustain in the corporate world, is in reality a witty read. With 250 odd pages it is filled with Rishi’s voice- part satirical, part sarcasm, to get ahead in the corporate…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Book review: Pyjamas Are Forgiving by Twinkle Khanna

    When Mrs. Funny Bones (aka Twinkle Khanna) announced her third book, it stirred a reasonable amount of excitement amongst readers. Despite her second book not really garnering great reviews, readers were willing to give her yet another chance. For, the title “Pyjamas are Forgiving”, piqued everyone’s interest. To me, it indicated the presence of her trademark wit and humor, thus promising a good light-hearted read. However, little did I know that I would be in for a big disappointment. Pyjamas are Forgiving It’s tough to describe a book that has stretched a two paragraph story over 200 pages. Briefly speaking about the plot- Anshu the main character of the book…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Here There and Everywhere- Sudha Murty’s 200th Book

    Her books are rather simple, and often aren’t considered to be masterpiece literature. Yet, I still read them. For, there exists in her stories an element of honesty, an underlying thought that gets me into an introspective mode. Here There and Everywhere is Sudha Murty’s 200th title published. The book is a collection of her best-loved stories from across her various books, along with a few freshly brewed ones. “Most people undertake an arduous journey full of highs and lows that helps them modify and create new perspectives, thus forming a better understanding of the world and realizing the fact that real passion is much more beautiful than the pinnacle…

  • Parenting,  World Around Me

    Lessons from a Tenth Birthday

    My first born turned ten over the weekend, which means it’s a decade since I’ve become a parent. Ten years ago I breathed through all my contractions and saw that tiny bundle of flesh in my hands for the first time. And as cliché as it may sound, at that moment, I remember making that promise like all parents that I’d try and be the best one. But it is only after a decade that I realize that there is no such thing as a “best” parent. So like all other occasions, celebrating her tenth birthday seemed important. For, one surely needs to create warm memories for the child to…

  • World Around Me

    Five Swoon Worthy Fictional Heroes

    They are charming and proper, and all that they say sure does make you go weak at the knees. So what, if they are characters from books, these men are definitely swoon worthy. Indulge yourself in these books and trust me nothing can stop you from thinking about “the man”, even after you close that last page. • Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series Topping my list is surely Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. With a high cheek bone, strong jawline, and skin that sparkles in the sunlight; he is the perfect man when it comes to looks. But hold on, it isn’t just these physical attributes that…