• 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 left with bated breath as each page unfolded the tale in a most different fashion. “The power of a man is like a bull’s charge, while the power of a woman moves aslant, like a serpent seeking its prey. Know…

  • 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. From the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is known for his eccentric mannerisms, to the shrewd and suave Miss Marple, the two characters have kept me engrossed in almost every book of hers. What sets her books apart is her…

  • Anita desai, fiction, The village by the sea

    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 “The Village by the Sea” by Anita Desai for you! Anita Desai is known for her simplistic style of writing. Her stories are straight from the heart and appeal to readers across different age groups. The Village by the Sea,…

  • 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 book, The Lives of Others (2014) was a shortlist for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Prize. A State of Freedom is Neel Mukherjee’s third novel. Sectioned into five parts, with a prologue and an epilogue; the book is essentially…

  • 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 a week since The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been out, there has been a complete mix of reviews bombarding social media. Some really juicy reviews that screamed out that the book was simply not to be missed, whereas there…

  • 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 under this genre. Yet, it is one of those books that give an emotional tug at the heart. Louisa Clark has no great ambitions in life. Nor does she have any great desires. She is pretty much content with the…