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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…

  • 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),…

  • 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…

  • 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 one of a kind book that brings in the minutest of details- the blasts, the aftermath and the investigation that followed. Well-researched, it lays out authentic facts, woven into a gripping non-fiction piece to read. So picking up Eleventh Hour…

  • Mystery, Thriller+Suspense

    The President is Missing: James Patterson and Bill Clinton

    I keep wondering…. Why does James Patterson bring out books only in collaboration? Well, I ain’t really going to get an answer to this, so I might as well just deduce that he finds it easier to bring out a book faster and in quick succession this way. The latest in line to collaborate with James Patterson is Bill Clinton, the former American President. It indeed was interesting to see the new avatar of Clinton- as a writer. “The President is Missing” is a political thriller in every respect. A fictitious US President Jonathan Duncan has to go underground, disappearing for a few days as the country seems to have come…