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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…

  • 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…

  • Book Snippets,  Literature+Fiction

    Book Snippet: A Thousand Splendid Suns

    There are books we like, and then there are books that stay with us for long. They are the books we seldom forget for, the characters forge an in-erasable image in our minds. An author who is able to etch this image could very well be said to have achieved his goal, of telling a story that would never be forgotten. His words have touched a chord and they stay even after that last page has been turned over. Ever found a book like this? Here is a snippet from a book that I love for various reasons. I have spoken and blogged about it a several times, yet I…

  • Literature+Fiction

    The Last Colour: Fiction by Vikas Khanna

    Most often the simplest of dishes give out the best of flavors. Chef Vikas Khanna’s first fiction is sort of similar to this. The Last Colour, published by Bloomsbury, may well be a simple tale, of a relationship between a young tight rope walker and a middle aged widow. Yet the book brings out in abundance emotions- the longing of the heart and the impact of social bias. Vikas Khanna is the man who adorns several caps-a celebrity chef, judge at Master Chef India, and author to several best-selling food related books. It thus did pique my interest and “The Last Colour” found its way into my hands. Varanasi- The…