• 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…

  • Mystery, Thriller+Suspense

    And Then There Were None – Weekend with Agatha Christie

    “One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.”  ― Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None Some books could be re-read, even if you know how it would end. I am a big Agatha Christie fan and have practically grown up reading her books in my teen years. Christie has written some fantastic murder mysteries and I just don’t seem to have gotten tired reading them even now.…

  • Anita desai, fiction, The village by the sea
    Literature+Fiction

    Weekend Read Recommendation: The Village By The Sea by Anita Desai

    I often pick short novels for the weekend. However this time around, my recommendation is going to be one with a several hundred pages. I consider this a beautiful piece of literature, just for the vivid descriptions it holds within its pages. This is a book that you would live through, and is best enjoyed in an uninterrupted reading session. A brilliant storyline, full on character and a stunning prose- that’s…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Book Review: A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

    Desire and need, may well seem to be the two sides of the same coin. A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee, explores these complexities through five different characters, in five different circumstances. Reflections of contemporary India, these lives have an unquenchable thirst for a better life, as they push themselves beyond mere existence. Neel Mukherjee’s earlier published books include Past Continuous in India, which won the Crossword Prize. His second…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  Literature+Fiction

    Book Review: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness- Arundhati Roy

    I wasn’t all that sure if I should actually pick Arundhati Roy’s latest- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The reasons were plenty. Firstly, despite all the acclaim and the Booker Prize, I hadn’t entirely enjoyed reading her first book – The God of Small Things. Secondly, her so called liberal opinions expressed on many occasions, on all things Indian, just didn’t go down well with me. And lastly, in just over…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  Romance

    A Great Romance Book -Me Before You-Jojo Moyes

    “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes came as the much needed refreshing read, after I had completed the “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I largely read soft romances, though I don’t truly consider myself a romantic person. Probably that’s why I end up picking up these books. But, Me Before You isn’t one of those books with oodles of romance. In fact, I wouldn’t even want to categorize it…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  Literature+Fiction

    Book Review: Before We Visit The Goddess By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    “What is the nature of life? Life is lines of dominoes falling. One thing leads to another, and then another, just like you’d planned. But suddenly a Domino gets skewed, events change direction, people dig in their heels, and you’re faced with a situation that you didn’t see coming, you who thought you were so clever.” ― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Before We Visit the Goddess If ever you feel like…

  • Books-U Write I Say,  Romance

    Chetan Bhagat- Review of One Indian Girl

    Chetan Bhagat is truly the most loved or, the most hated author in the country. Surely, on one side we have a large percentage of readers who simply cannot stop adoring his books, and on the other side there is a larger number who simply dislike his books. Despite all the brickbats he receives for his featured columns in major dailies, or for his stint as a judge on a…