• Literature+Fiction

    Home Fire By Kamila Shamsie- A Man Booker Longlist

    “Contempt, disdain, scorn: these emotions were stops along a closed loop that originated and terminated in a sense of superiority.”  ― Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire The complex web of thoughts is often so difficult to untangle. When mixed with religious, political and radical thinking, it becomes nothing but a fatal concoction. Home fire by Kamila Shamsie is one such web, with politics and religion being pitted against a family’s love and relationship.…

  • Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Popcorn Zone

    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 https://the-shooting-star.com 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,…

  • 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…

  • Parenting,  Popcorn Zone

    Lessons from a Tenth Birthday

    My first born turned ten over the weekend, which means it’s a decade since I’ve become a parent. Ten years ago I breathed through all my contractions and saw that tiny bundle of flesh in my hands for the first time. And as cliché as it may sound, at that moment, I remember making that promise like all parents that I’d try and be the best one. But it is…

  • 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…