Book Tag: The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

While scrolling down my blog, I felt in the last few weeks, I have been constantly posting either a movie review or a book review and I questioned – maybe it’s time to have something different. Just then I stumbled upon ‘Book Tag: The Secret Life of a Book Blogger’ on A Rambling Reviewer, a blog …

Our Song by Milan Vohra: A musical romance of Mills and Boon style

Our Song is a light-hearted romance written by Milan Vohra published by Harper Collins. First up, the beautiful book cover. They say never judge a book by its cover but this cover with its calming colour palette and the beautiful flowers is simply mesmerizing! Our Song by Milan Vohra, 223 pagesHarper Collins Our Song is …

Black Volta by Pete KJ: Book Review

‘Black Volta’ by Pete KJ is a superbly written book and has been such a pleasant reading experience for me. It is a travelogue through Ghana, an immigrants’ story in America and a thriller all rolled in together. There is this insane emotional connect with Liz, the central character of the story while reading this …

Frozen II: Elsa and Anna venture ‘Into the Unknown’ in the North

I had refused to watch Frozen II trailers from day one; I was way too scared what if this doesn’t work out. I mean a sequel is really a blind test (remember Cars 2!). Today, after watching Frozen II, I would say…Well, what else should a sequel have? Frozen II amalgamates all the elements from …

Bala Movie Review: Our Obsession with Looking the Socially Acceptable Way

In Bhagavata Purana when Lord Krishna sees Kubja, the hunchback maidservant of King Kansa in Mathura, he transforms her into a beautiful woman. Or, does he? Perhaps Lord Krishna only implied that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Like many aspects of mythology, we never delve into interpretations and remember stories in the …

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

‘The Lowland’ by Jhumpa Lahiri was published in 2013 and I was surely one of the first to grab a copy. Yes, unabashedly, I am a big fan of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work. And, rather than her acclaimed writing on Indian immigrants in America, I look forward to the portions set in India. (The short story …

Code Name Lily by Julien Ayotte

If not for historical fiction, how would we ever get to know about some of the most amazing people and their wondrous feats? ‘Code Name Lily’ by Julien Ayotte is a recreation of the Belgian Comet Line, the resistance group that operated secretly to help the airmen shot down by the German forces, to cross …

The Curse of Nader Shah – Rise and Fall of a Tyrant by Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu weaves a historical fiction around Nader Shah, one of the most powerful Persian rulers and his endeavors in conquering a vast expanse of the world. Nader Shah was not a Mughal but a man who conquered the Mughal Empire bringing the ‘Peacock throne’ and ‘Koh-i-Noor’ diamond to Persia. He was a man who …

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway is about Santiago, the old man and the three days and three nights that he spends at the sea, all by himself and his marvelous catch – the marlin fish. The ‘Old Man’ from the title is Santiago and Hemingway addresses him this way throughout the …

Trey’s Adventure by L.G.Lynch

A tortoise is every pre-schoolers favorite. The Rabbit and the Tortoise is the first story that a child hears and thus, a tortoise becomes a relatable, lovable character for them. In 'Trey's Adventure', L.G.Lynch takes this adorable character on a small adventure. Trey is a six-year-old tortoise stepping on the grass for the first time …

The Intimidating Longest Books on my TBR

Are you terrified to pick up a hefty looking longest book? Well, I am! As someone who loves to read books, I am still intimidated by the length of books. Yes, the ones with the look of an Oxford dictionary or the Thesaurus from the days before Google/ Kindle. To me, ‘hardcover’ is another intimidating …

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

What if, one morning you woke up and found yourself turned into a bug? Maybe, in the fantasy world, you would think of acquiring superpowers of Spiderman, Antman and the likes. On a tragic reality front, you would realize the disastrous consequences awaiting your life. The Metamorphosis is a novella written by Franz Kafka that …

India 2020 by APJ Abdul Kalam and YS Rajan

Follow my blog with Bloglovin APJ Abdul Kalam undoubtedly lives in our hearts for his sheer simplicity and remarkable achievements. On this special day, 15th October marking his birthday, putting forth, ‘India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium’ written by APJ Abdul Kalam with Y.S.Rajan published in 1998. After APJ Abdul Kalam became India’s …

Once Upon a Crush by Kiran Manral

In ‘Once Upon a Crush’, Kiran Manral, the author spins around Rayna De’s story of surviving an office crush amidst a tumultuous relationship with her immediate boss. Rayna’s character is quite relatable, cast as a working woman living independently in an apartment, shuttling between work and home and some friends.   This is my first …

My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik has emerged as one of the most prominent orators and writers of our times on Indian mythology. Mythology in India was largely catered to us via television through the 1990s. Of course, we always had our temple visits and ritualistic celebrations. But, Sanskrit stood as a barrier between us and the scriptures read …

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: My Read

‘Heart of Darkness’, the Classic written by Joseph Conrad was published in 1899. Since its publication, ‘Heart of Darkness’ has stood as a mirror to imperial exploitation in Africa. The relevance and authenticity in the narrative stem from the fact that Conrad has drawn to his own experience as a sailor. In 1890, Conrad’s wish …

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: My Read

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman was published in 2017. In an interview to Penguin Random House, the debutant author Gail Honeyman said the idea for the book came to her while reading an article about a young woman who had articulated her experience of living alone in a big city. Hence the …

American Gods by Neil Gaiman: My Read

Welcome to Neil Gaiman’s world of urban fantasy. ‘American Gods’ is my second attempt at reading Neil Gaiman, after ‘Neverwhere’. American Gods was published in 2001 and later, the book was adapted to a television series in 2017. I know a lot of book lovers who go weak on their knees hearing Neil Gaiman’s name. …

Awaiting ‘Postscript’ and Reminiscing ‘Love, Rosie’ and ‘The Time of My Life’ by Cecelia Ahern

I am not a contemporary romantic tragedy lover but there was this charm about ‘P.S.I Love You’. The love story of Holly and Gerry was too perfect to be true and the fairytale ended tragically way too soon. Sadly, I didn’t know Cecelia Ahern until the movie makers decided to go ahead and make this …

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: My Read

When Da Vinci Code came out in 2003, I was in college and everyone had this book in their hands. I borrowed the book from a friend, stayed up all night and finished it. A decade and a half down the lane, Dan Brown made progression with The Lost Symbol, Inferno and then the Origin. …