• Literature+Fiction

    Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth by Aruna Nambiar

    After a couple of disappointing reads, this month finally gave me a book worth talking about. With an interesting title, “Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth” is the debut fiction of Aruna Nambiar. The book took me by surprise with its brilliant style and content, bringing back my lost faith in Indian writing. Set in small town Ambalakunnu in Kerala the plot may well seem simple. Yet, as a story teller Aruna…

  • 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…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Book review: Pyjamas Are Forgiving by Twinkle Khanna

    When Mrs. Funny Bones (aka Twinkle Khanna) announced her third book, it stirred a reasonable amount of excitement amongst readers. Despite her second book not really garnering great reviews, readers were willing to give her yet another chance. For, the title “Pyjamas are Forgiving”, piqued everyone’s interest. To me, it indicated the presence of her trademark wit and humor, thus promising a good light-hearted read. However, little did I know…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…