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Five YA Book to Movie Adaptations

I wanted to write about my dreaded ‘Did Not Finish’ list and then I realized that it was a synonym for the YA books on my shelf. Obviously, the question propped up inside my head - Am I too old to read YA books? Seriously, I tend to miserably slacken while reading a YA book… Continue reading Five YA Book to Movie Adaptations

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An Alternate Narrative: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller changed the narrative set by Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ ‘Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.’ – The Odyssey by Homer ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer… Continue reading An Alternate Narrative: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

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Books Read by Fictional Characters

You read a book and the fictional character in your book reads a book too! Don’t you love it when this happens… It is exciting to find fictional characters relishing a book or just a small plot of a book or get inspired by another work of fiction.   Another charm in knowing a fictional… Continue reading Books Read by Fictional Characters

Book Reviews · Classics

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: One of the best Classic books I’ve ever read

“Food! Food! Why did the stomach have a longer memory than the mind?” War isn’t poetic or romantic, not even in literature. ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell makes such a compelling read in its realistic portrayal of the American Civil War period. ‘Gone With the Wind’ had been on my TBR for a… Continue reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: One of the best Classic books I’ve ever read

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Three of My Favourite Agatha Christie Books

Reading ‘Agatha Christie’ makes one nostalgic. I wonder how an old-fashioned crime investigation can hold its charm for a 100-years now! Agatha Christie published her first book, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ in 1920 and introduced Hercule Poirot, the detective who appeared in thirty-three of her sixty-six detective novels. Sherlock Holmes (created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)… Continue reading Three of My Favourite Agatha Christie Books

Book Reviews · Classics

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim: To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine

“I daresay when we finally reach heaven – the one they talk about so much – we shan’t find it a bit more beautiful.” Enchanted is the word! Yes, while reading ‘The Enchanted April’ by Elizabeth Von Arnim published in 1922, I was in San Salvatore, vicariously living in a castle and basking in the… Continue reading The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim: To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine

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Reading with Your Child: Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

We live in a devastatingly stressed-out world. Irrespective of the fact when we lived in the pre-pandemic phase of non-stop work, travel, meetings, and functions or the present ‘new normal’ of buying groceries, managing household chores, and online work. ‘Home’ being the 24x7 destination as of now for all of us. We are running on… Continue reading Reading with Your Child: Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · Indian Fiction · New Release

Kintsugi by Anukrti Upadhyay: A Japanese Art, an Indian craft and three resilient women

‘Kintsugi’ is mystifying as a title for a work of Indian fiction. This word comes from the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by using lacquer containing powdered gold, silver, or other metals. At a deeper philosophical level, ‘Kintsugi’ is about appreciating beauty in imperfections by highlighting the breakage instead of concealing it.  Anukrti Upadhyay… Continue reading Kintsugi by Anukrti Upadhyay: A Japanese Art, an Indian craft and three resilient women

Book Reviews · Classics

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Dystopia, feminism and that Writing!

I think the dystopia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood is much harder to read than the one in ‘1984’ by George Orwell. As a female reader, I felt the entire thrust of ‘dystopia’ cascading over to the women in this book. Frankly, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ haunts you like no other horror. I kept… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Dystopia, feminism and that Writing!

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Bibliotherapy: Discussing the Healing Power of these Five Books #CauseAChatter

As a creative arts therapy, ‘Bibliotherapy’ has become widely accepted in treating depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and communication issues. Storytelling and reading from a specifically curated booklist help to emotionally heal. Broadly speaking, reading benefits at many levels by increasing self-awareness and improving self-esteem, and thus equipping the individual to face developmental crises. This guided… Continue reading Bibliotherapy: Discussing the Healing Power of these Five Books #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · Classics

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera: Soul versus Body or Art versus Kitsch

I had scribbled a few lines from ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ onto my journal…this was fifteen years back! About a year ago, in one of the book club meetings, a young college girl asked me if I read this book. My answer being ‘No’, there was an honest enthusiastic recommendation from her end. And,… Continue reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera: Soul versus Body or Art versus Kitsch

Book Reviews · Classics

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A Classic with an astounding female protagonist

‘Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do…’ In 1847, Charlotte Bronte published ‘Jane Eyre’ under the pseudonym of Currer Bell. Clearly, this was not the era of female writers… Continue reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A Classic with an astounding female protagonist

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Bibliotherapy: Turning to books during these distressing times

A cup of tea and a book…what else do we ask of life? This may not be a factual statement. Something, we further realized when books weren’t included in the essential commodities list during the lockdown. Books cannot get you money or fame unless you happen to be a bestseller author, nonetheless, books can definitely… Continue reading Bibliotherapy: Turning to books during these distressing times

Book Reviews · Classics

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte: Beyond being the Chronicles of a Governess

Reading ‘Agnes Grey’ brought with it the memories of reading ‘Jane Eyre’. And, it is an irony that ‘Agnes Grey’ was written a year before ‘Jane Eyre’; though published around the same time in the year 1847, the latter became a more popular Classic. Perhaps the Cinderella twist in ‘Jane Eyre’, Mr.Rochester riding on a… Continue reading Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte: Beyond being the Chronicles of a Governess

Book Reviews · New Release

Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani: A Self Help Book for young children

‘Sometimes When I’m Sad’ by Deborah Serani is a handbook on ‘overcoming sadness’ in children. This is a self-help picture book with easy to read text for young children. And, the author supplements the story with the 4-page resource material for parents at the end of the story, educating more on helping children through sadness.… Continue reading Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani: A Self Help Book for young children

Book Reviews · New Release

What’s All the Commotion?: A book about Social Distancing by Jessie Glenn

‘What's All the Commotion?’ is an inclusive picture book about COVID-19 and social distancing that seeks to explain this tough, timely topic to children. The world we live in has terribly changed due to the pandemic in the last few months. We are now calling this the ‘new normal’. As adults, we understand the gravity… Continue reading What’s All the Commotion?: A book about Social Distancing by Jessie Glenn

Book Reviews · Classics

Burmese Days by George Orwell: British Officials, British Rule and Burma

‘Burmese Days’ is a window into the lives of the British Officials serving in Burma under the British occupation of the Indian sub-continent. Orwell could draw a lot from the five-years he spent as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police force in Burma. Katha on the west side of the Irrawaddy River was… Continue reading Burmese Days by George Orwell: British Officials, British Rule and Burma

Movie Reviews

Watching ‘Joker’ during Lockdown lows

I was truly scared to watch ‘Joker’. The paraphernalia (undoubtedly) around Joker’s character post ‘The Dark Knight’ had a lot to do with it. From all the reviews I read about ‘Joker’, it was supposed to be an earth-shattering tale of despair. This origin story on ‘Joker’ takes him from an innocent, harmless law-abiding citizen… Continue reading Watching ‘Joker’ during Lockdown lows

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Bibliotherapy for Children: Joy of Reading and its Therapeutic effects #CauseAChatter

As parents, we are always concerned about our child’s growth and development. The likely way of mitigating the stumbling blocks encountered on the way to raising a happy child can be through ‘books’. Bibliotherapy for children will require curating a list of books catering to the specific behavioral and psychological needs of your children and… Continue reading Bibliotherapy for Children: Joy of Reading and its Therapeutic effects #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · Classics

Hard Times by Charles Dickens: If ‘Facts Alone Are Wanted in Life…’?

‘Hard Times’ was a satirical take on the existing educational system and the impact of growing industrialization. It is an irony, indeed, that our modern world continues to adhere to the notions criticized by Charles Dickens through his book in 1854. Like in every Dickensian realm, in this book too, the characters are divided into… Continue reading Hard Times by Charles Dickens: If ‘Facts Alone Are Wanted in Life…’?