Stripes Recruitment by Luke Melia: A Tiger in town busy with job hunting

‘Stripes Recruitment’ is a new short story by Luke Melia. This story is about a ‘Tiger’ named Stripes who is trying hard to fit in the human world. Luke Melia started working on this idea of a ‘Tiger seeking a job’ about five years back. It is seldom that one would think of a Tiger trying hard to fit in the human world, least expecting him … Continue reading Stripes Recruitment by Luke Melia: A Tiger in town busy with job hunting

Ravyn by TL Fisher: Review of the New Release

Ravyn is the latest book by TL Fisher which came out on 20th January. Ravyn is a superbly written book, highlighting domestic abuse and how it affects the victim. Even though the book and the characters are set in modern-day America, I am sure the subject is more pertinent to the Indian context. Fisher’s protagonist has an impact that crosses the geographical barrier. Though I … Continue reading Ravyn by TL Fisher: Review of the New Release

Number Eight Crispy Chicken by Sarah Neofield: A Political Satire on Immigration and Detention

I received an advance copy of ‘Number Eight Crispy Chicken’ by Sarah Neofield, her debut novel. The book was scheduled to come out on 20th January 2020…Well, I am a day late in posting this review. But, what a wonderful and unique book! ‘Number Eight Crispy Chicken’ is a political satire set in the modern world grappling with immigration issues and developed nations exploiting the … Continue reading Number Eight Crispy Chicken by Sarah Neofield: A Political Satire on Immigration and Detention

Release Blitz: Ravyn by TL Fisher

Hey everyone, welcome to the Release Blitz for Ravyn by TL Fisher. The book comes out on 20th January 2020. I received the advance copy for review from the author and I will put up the book review very soon! Blurb ‘Til death do us part… When a mysterious stranger convinces Meadow Jenkins to escape her volatile marriage, she is determined to leave everything behind … Continue reading Release Blitz: Ravyn by TL Fisher

Forrest Gump: A review of this iconic movie and the book in one box!

I could never quite get myself to watch ‘Forrest Gump’ but when I did; I had to write about it. Once, I was on YouTube and saw this episode of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep on Ellen’s show where Tom Hanks enacts the famous line ‘Life is a box of chocolates’. The next thing I knew I was watching ‘Forrest Gump’. Certainly, Forrest Gump is … Continue reading Forrest Gump: A review of this iconic movie and the book in one box!

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: A collaboration I looked forward to

The President is Missing. Well, I reached page 153 and the President was still there (sorry for the spoiler). Some people have loved, I mean really loved the book on Goodreads but sometimes you just cannot share the love. ‘The President is Missing’ is a political thriller written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson published in 2018. America is threatened with an imminent cyber-attack, the … Continue reading The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: A collaboration I looked forward to

The Swap by Shuma Raha: Urban couples' swinging fascination between marriage and morality

‘The Swap’ treads a careful line while uncovering the private lives of the urban middle class, exploring their marriages through swap parties and their guilty pleasures in doing so, intricately weaving an emotional subtext. Obviously, it is a taboo to talk about ‘spouse swapping’ in the commonplace parlance. Yet, its existence as a hearsay reality is intriguing. The characters in this book begin on the … Continue reading The Swap by Shuma Raha: Urban couples' swinging fascination between marriage and morality

What am I reading this Christmas: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.” Every Christmas, I would regret not having read ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens as yet. Yes, one of those books that is always on the Classics TBR but gets skipped for some bestseller. Also, I kept saving ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the perfect Christmas time … Continue reading What am I reading this Christmas: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Jumanji: The Next Level – A Genuine Level Up in Adventure

It isn’t quite often that you find a sequel outwitting the prequel. Well, I was actually not expecting a well-crafted story when I booked the tickets for Jumanji: The Next Level. I went for the movie for the love of its original one with Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst as the little girl. There was a sort of adventure in the story based on children … Continue reading Jumanji: The Next Level – A Genuine Level Up in Adventure

The Gingerbread Star by Anne Fine: A plain little grey worm's wish to be a glow worm

I stumbled upon ‘The Gingerbread Star’ by Anne Fine in the children’s section of a bookstore and was immediately impressed by the beautiful cover and the inside illustrations. I had not heard of this book before but the colours gave such a Christmassy feel, though certainly there is no Christmas in this sweet tale. ‘The Gingerbread Star’ is about Hetty, a bespectacled ‘plain little worm’ … Continue reading The Gingerbread Star by Anne Fine: A plain little grey worm's wish to be a glow worm

Skipper: Friend or Foe? A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events by Kellie Sanchez

Skipper: Friend or Foe? A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events by Kellie Sanchez is a wonderful tale for preteens. It touches upon the emotional themes of children coping with an ailing parent in the family, adjusting to their new surroundings and finding an adventure in mundane things. The cover is lovely and conveys the imagery of friendship, fun and love for animals. Indeed, a … Continue reading Skipper: Friend or Foe? A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events by Kellie Sanchez

Sane Enough to Know She's Crazy by Ruth Thomas Hansen: Book Review

Sane Enough to Know She’s Crazy by Ruth Thomas Hansen is Carrie’s story of dealing with her life struggles while battling mental illness. We begin with Carrie as a teenager adjusting with the Lingle family after her mother’s death. The story is quite dark and slow. But, gradually you fall in love with the characters – Carrie, Adam, Sassy and David. Though, the author seems … Continue reading Sane Enough to Know She's Crazy by Ruth Thomas Hansen: Book Review

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 that I love to follow. After reading this interesting post, … Continue reading Book Tag: The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

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 is a love story between Andrew, a half-Indian half-British, superbly talented head honcho of a healthcare company and Ragini, … Continue reading Our Song by Milan Vohra: A musical romance of Mills and Boon style

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 book. The story is set in 2016 when Carlos Mario, … Continue reading Black Volta by Pete KJ: Book Review

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 the first movie and takes the story forward. In a … Continue reading Frozen II: Elsa and Anna venture ‘Into the Unknown’ in the North

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 most literal sense. Exactly, the way ‘Bala’ shows schoolchildren in … Continue reading Bala Movie Review: Our Obsession with Looking the Socially Acceptable Way

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 titled ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ from her anthology by the same … Continue reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

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 over the enemy territory. Lily from the title of the … Continue reading Code Name Lily by Julien Ayotte