Blogging Challenges · Write Over Weekend

My Bookish Bucket List

Bucket list! I remember how swiftly our lives were inundated with this catchphrase. In the earlier, more simpler times, we had a wish list and there was no pressure to check off each box on the itinerary. Now almost everyone has a ‘bucket list’. Bucket list has turned into a serious deal because kicking the… Continue reading My Bookish Bucket List

Blogging Challenges · Write Over Weekend

Dilemmas of a Book Blogger

This week’s writing prompt says, ‘Describe a time when you faced a dilemma and how did you deal with it?’ I started blogging a couple of years ago and now, out there is my book blog established with a niche audience. But when I introduce myself as a book blogger, I feel a certain dilemma… Continue reading Dilemmas of a Book Blogger

Book Reviews · Spiritual

The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita: Timeless Wisdom for the Modern Age by Richa Tilokani: Book Review

The Teaching of Bhagavad Gita by Richa Tilokani, Hay House, 226 pages ‘Bhagavad Gita’ is the epitome of knowledge, a philosophical discourse leading one onto the path of spiritual awakening. ‘The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita: Timeless Wisdom for the Modern Age’ by Richa Tilokani presents a simple, contemporized, and easy-to-understand interpretation of ‘Bhagavad Gita’. In… Continue reading The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita: Timeless Wisdom for the Modern Age by Richa Tilokani: Book Review

Blogging Challenges · Write Over Weekend

Small and Simple Pleasures in Life to Cherish Everyday

Simple and mundane. Whoever said that…Life’s greatest joys have always been in the simplest things. The pandemic, for sure, made us take note of the little things in our everyday lives and reiterated the importance of small and simple pleasures in our lives. We had all the time, decluttered from the taxing hours spent on… Continue reading Small and Simple Pleasures in Life to Cherish Everyday

Book Reviews · Fiction

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Book Review

I heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘The Danger of a Single Story’ Ted Talk a couple of years back. It made me think about the political and media influence on structuring a story that leads to a one-sided prejudiced opinion in our minds. “I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that… Continue reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Book Review

Blogging Challenges · Write Over Weekend

What’s On My Desk?

Imagine a sloth on a tree. I believe this is how I picture me with my work desk. My work desk is the center of my work-from-home universe. As a book blogger, this is where I read emails for reviews and promotions, catalogue the requests, and schedule the work. This post is about my precious… Continue reading What’s On My Desk?

Book Reviews · Classics

Is ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame interesting to read as an adult?

I opened ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame with the expectation of reading an idyllic children’s book. Perhaps I was being a bit too literal in my headspace. ‘The Wind in the Willows’ indeed has more appeal for an adult mind than a child’s, the one that has seen the realities of life. … Continue reading Is ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame interesting to read as an adult?

Book Summary

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: Summary and Analysis

“But romantic notions will not do: I want her to have true notions.” Anne Bronte did not follow a romantic style of writing in her two novels, unlike Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte. Anne Bronte opted for realism. Anne Bronte was an extremely brave writer to depict alcoholism and adultery without window dressing it. ‘The… Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: Summary and Analysis

Book Reviews · Booker Prize Winner

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: Book Review

I read ‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes soon after it had won the Man Booker Prize in 2011. Once I received the book, the most striking part was its minimal cover design. Though I was clueless on what to expect from a book that merely ran into 150 pages!  Least to say,… Continue reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: Book Review

Book Reviews · Non Fiction

Five Takeaways from Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

I wonder why it took me four long years to reach ‘Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’ by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. The book happened to me amidst the Covid-19 times, and instead of the paperback, I had the audiobook. My first ever audiobook experience! When I started listening to… Continue reading Five Takeaways from Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

Book Reviews · Booker Prize Winner

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Book Review

As I held the copy of ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood, I was elated to think I am holding on to the most awaited sequel of a modern classic. ‘The Testaments’ was also the joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize. However, the negative reviews were a bit dampening. Anyhow, I went ahead with… Continue reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Book Review

Book Reviews · Fiction

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: Book Review

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, Harper Collins Publishers, 373 pages Nostalgia is what brings me to Agatha Christie books. I wanted to read ‘Death on the Nile’ for the sheer joy of revisiting Christie’s style of detective fiction writing. ‘Death on the Nile’ is the 17th book in the Hercule Poirot series, originally… Continue reading Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: Book Review

Blogging Challenges · Reading Challenge

Signed up for Blogchatter’s Reading Challenge 2021

I love to read. Reading is a part of me but a reading challenge is NOT! In my boisterous likes and dislikes of books, genres, and authors, any set TBR goes for a toss. For the same reason, it is difficult for me to stick around with a book club reading schedule. Instead, what I… Continue reading Signed up for Blogchatter’s Reading Challenge 2021

Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz · Bookish Lists

Ten Books on my Re-Read list for 2021

Somewhere in our hearts, we always wish to re-read some of the best reads from the past. The TBR, however, keeps hoarding new releases and new recommendations. This means the re-read list is ignored and pushed much lower on the reading rack. So, my New Year resolution…if it had to be anything then it surely… Continue reading Ten Books on my Re-Read list for 2021

Book Reviews · Indian Fiction · New Release

Moustache by S. Hareesh: The winner of the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

A modern fable traversing the length and breadth of the below-sea-level farming areas of Kerala, set about a hundred years ago resurrecting forgotten stories, myths, and legends within the realm of magical realism. Undoubtedly, ‘Moustache’ was the most awaited read for me, especially after it won the JCB Prize for Literature 2020. ‘Moustache’ is written… Continue reading Moustache by S. Hareesh: The winner of the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

Book Tags · Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz

The End of the Year Book Tag

I wanted to do ‘The End of the Year Book Tag’ for some years now. It is such a fun tag that I have loved reading it on various blogs over the years. So, finally I debut with my answers on this popular book tag. 2020 has been like none other…and through this bumpy ride,… Continue reading The End of the Year Book Tag

Book Reviews · New Release

The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya by Arya Okten and Giray Okten

As a child, I remember being terrified of Mathematics. As I got promoted each year in school, the numbers got bigger and became even scarier. When I received the ARC of ‘The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya’ from Prof Giray Okten, I was more than glad to review this book. ‘The Mathematical Investigations… Continue reading The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya by Arya Okten and Giray Okten

Bibliotherapy Series

Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

An inspirational quote works like a balm when our normal motivation seems to be exhausted. A great inspiring quote is a ray of sunshine on a dull day. So, I wanted to compile a little list of inspirational quotes from books for the ‘bibliotherapy series’ that I write every month. In the earlier posts, I… Continue reading Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · Indian Fiction · Short Story Reviews

Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories are a perfect depiction of Indian society, set in the time of British rule. Of course, he typically kept the plot and storyline confined within the geographical and cultural boundary of Bengal. But, what cuts across the cultural reference is the emotions of women in each of his short stories. His… Continue reading Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

#MyFriendAlexa 2020 · Bookish Lists · Classics

Bronte Sisters: Their Books and Writings

Charlotte Bronte wrote in ‘Jane Eyre’, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” The Bronte sisters had a unique point of view on class and gender. These three sisters shaped their writings based on their life experiences and created one of the most… Continue reading Bronte Sisters: Their Books and Writings