• 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…

  • Popcorn Zone

    Morning Walks Are Magical

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Parenting,  Popcorn Zone

    Deep Rooted in Oil

    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…

  • 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…

  • Popcorn Zone

    Jasmine Flowers for Mom

    Mom loved her Jasmine flowers. Almost every single day, she would spend the afternoon hours stringing together these tiny buds into a sequence. This would then be adorned around her little bun in the evening, and it would seem mom carried with her its fragrance- a sort of divine one. A string of Jasmine flowers Much as I loved their fragrance and sight, I have never been comfortable adorning them…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Mystery, Thriller+Suspense

    Eleventh Hour By Hussain Zaidi

    Finally with the monsoon slowing down its pace, my reading too has settled into an easier pattern. A book that I read to keep me company when the rain was at its peak was Hussain Zaidi’s “Eleventh Hour”. Years back when I read Black Friday, also by Zaidi, I remember being hooked onto it. Black Friday is Hussain Zaidi’s chilling account of the 1993 Bombay bombings. I consider it a…