• 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…

  • Books-U Write I Say

    Reading Challenges for 2019

    I have never quite had an inclination to reading challenges, until the end of 2018. For, reading has always been a pleasure- a way to keep myself occupied in those hours I find for myself. But well it is 2019, and with all things around me generally taking a whole new turn, it seems just fine to bring in a bit of an excitement into my reading passion too. Signing…

  • 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…

  • 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…