• Life Over Books,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    The Shooting Star By Travel Blogger Shivya Nath

    She isn’t a new name in the world of travel blogging. In fact, Shivya is already an inspiration to all those who love to dream, travel and write.  Her blog documents her globetrotting experiences, and has garnered a huge fan following. Today it is considered to be one of India’s leading travel blogs. Shivya has made her appearance on the cover of the National Geographic Traveller India, BBC travel, NDTV, TED x and various other publications across the globe. The Shooting Star is her book- her memoir that gives us a glimpse into her world! How did it all begin? What do you seek as a young 23 year…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Book Review: Job Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya

    If only all management books read like this, surely this genre would have more readers as takers. I must make a confession here that I generally avoid self-help books of sorts, and prefer to lay my hands on fiction. Yet, this book came as an exception. Rishi Piparaiya’s Job be Damned is funny, intuitive and way too intelligent to be ignored. What may prima’ facie seem to be just another management book, prescribing the tricks of the trade to sustain in the corporate world, is in reality a witty read. With 250 odd pages it is filled with Rishi’s voice- part satirical, part sarcasm, to get ahead in the corporate…

  • 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 people undertake an arduous journey full of highs and lows that helps them modify and create new perspectives, thus forming a better understanding of the world and realizing the fact that real passion is much more beautiful than the pinnacle…

  • 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;…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies

    Five Non Fiction Books To Read This Summer

    If you seek something beyond that fiction pile of yours, here is a list of non-fiction narratives to satisfy your reading urges. Not too heavy and yet with a depth of its own kind, these non-fiction books would make a great read this summer. A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari 70,000 years of human existence- yes that’s how long we have been around. But wait, before you think, here is another history/sociology/ biology book, let me make it clear. Sapiens is a book that would get you thinking. It is a book that triggers imagination, piques curiosity. From the beginning of the human race, our life over…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Women in Books

    E(X)traordinary She Was- Helen Keller #AtoZChallenge

    “Knowledge is love and light and vision.”  ― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life   She is extraordinary in every way. Helen Keller, the inspirational lady, who triumphed over her adversities in the most incredible way. This is her true story- her autobiography. Helen Keller was deaf and blind. Struck by meningitis at 19 months of age, her world all of a sudden turned dark and silent. At a time when those around her thought that her life was destined to be lived in isolation and darkness, along came Anne Sullivan, her teacher. The Story of my Life is a book that chronicles her life, her growing up, and her struggles…