• Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Here There and Everywhere- Sudha Murty’s 200th Book

    Her books are rather simple, and often aren’t considered to be masterpiece literature. Yet, I still read them. For, there exists in her stories an element of honesty, an underlying thought that gets me into an introspective mode. Here There and Everywhere is Sudha Murty’s 200th title published. The book is a collection of her best-loved stories from across her various books, along with a few freshly brewed ones. “Most…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Specific Recommendations

    Five Swoon Worthy Fictional Heroes

    They are charming and proper, and all that they say sure does make you go weak at the knees. So what, if they are characters from books, these men are definitely swoon worthy. Indulge yourself in these books and trust me nothing can stop you from thinking about “the man”, even after you close that last page. • Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series Topping my list is surely Edward…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…