• History, Mythology+Fantasy

    Five Reasons Why I did not Enjoy Circe by Madeline Miller

    There were many reasons to pick up Circe by Madeline Miller. The book comes with an interesting cover, has garnered rave reviews in bookish circles and has won the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 for Fantasy Fiction. This also coupled with the fact that I have never read Greek Mythology till date, and was intrigued to know more about it. With all the excitement shrouding Circe, I embarked on my reading…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Poonachi by Perumal Murugan- A 2018 Best Read

    Poonachi is surely going to be ranked as my favourite read in the year 2018. It may seem to be a simple tale of a small black goat and of an old couple who adopt it, yet this book manages to communicate much more than just a story. It speaks of the society we are part of, the complexity of our times and how we are as individuals- selfish and…

  • Specific Recommendations

    Best Jeffrey Archer Books to Read

    It is pretty evident for regular readers of this blog that I am quite a Jeffrey Archer fan. So it does make sense to list out my favourite books of his. Do note, I do not dislike any of the others. Just that these four books have stayed with me for a long time after that last page was flipped over.  Tell Tale Tell Tale, is a fascinating collection of…

  • Popcorn Zone

    The Day Grandmother Died

    Paati* died on a Friday. In the wee hours of a cold December morning in Bangalore, she breathed her last at the age of 97. As the first rays of the sun brought in the much needed warmth, we heaved a sigh of relief amidst the coldness of death. Now, don’t get me wrong here. I loved Paati, in fact all of us did. She was the back bone of the family.…

  • Mystery, Thriller+Suspense

    Heads You Win- The Latest Jeffrey Archer Fiction

    It often makes me wonder how some simple decisions can affect one’s life. As simple as the choices may see, they come with life altering capabilities. Heads you Win- the latest Jeffrey Archer fiction is based on a similar thought. How a single decision, on the basis of a toss of a coin can change the course of one’s life. My love for Archer’s books goes back to my early…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Book Review: Eating Wasps by Anita Nair

    Anita Nair needs no introduction. Does she?  She is India’s most prolific and popular author. Her latest book Eating Wasps comes with an interesting book cover that forces you to give it a second look. Flip over to read the blurb and you surely would be intrigued to get started reading it as soon as possible. I have loved Anita Nair’s earlier books, especially Ladies Coupe. She has an inherent…

  • Popcorn Zone

    My Bookstagram Project- The Way Ahead

    Let’s face it Social Media is here to stay, and Instagram isn’t just a latest fad. With an enormous corpus of content being created and floated around across the various channels; and with dwindling attention spans, the best way to seek an audience today is visual content. For book bloggers, “Bookstagram” (a word coined linking books and Instagram) is a lovely medium to bring forth reviews, communicate bookish thoughts as…