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 on ‘Joker’, it was supposed to be an earth-shattering tale of despair. The origin story on ‘Joker’ takes him from an innocent, harmless law-abiding citizen… Continue reading Watching ‘Joker’ during Lockdown lows

Blogging Challenges · Cause A Chatter

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: Imaginative delights beyond dry prosperity figures

‘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: Imaginative delights beyond dry prosperity figures

Book Tags · Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz

‘My Life in Books’ Tag

Yayy…it’s a ‘Book Tag’ post. I read this super interesting book tag on ‘Witty and Sarcastic Book Club’ a couple of days back. It is a wonderful blog and you can visit her blog here. So, here I go… 1. Find a book for each of your initials N Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami B Burmese… Continue reading ‘My Life in Books’ Tag

Book Reviews

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino: A remarkable maze to get this book…is the book!

‘A Romance of the Reader’ said the headline of the review on ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ published in the New York Times in 1981. What better than this headline to summarise this amazing book!  ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ is a novel written by Italo Calvino, published in 1979. I… Continue reading If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino: A remarkable maze to get this book…is the book!

Book Reviews · New Release

‘Stop! Breathe and Think!’ by Nesrine Sleiman: A mantra for handling preschoolers’ anger outbursts

‘Stop! Breathe and Think!’ is a book aimed at preschoolers as they begin to adjust with school, their new surroundings, and understanding their feelings. This story is about Lemar, a little girl who wants to be an artist when she grows up. But, one day she loses her drawing at school and is overcome by… Continue reading ‘Stop! Breathe and Think!’ by Nesrine Sleiman: A mantra for handling preschoolers’ anger outbursts

Book Reviews · New Release

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu: Book Review

Samit Basu weaves the ‘Sci-fi’ element in a futuristic fiction with a political undertone in his latest book, ‘Chosen Spirits’. Chosen Spirits by Samit BasuPublisher: S&S India, 239 pages The book is about Joey, her life set in a futuristic media establishment in New Delhi, in an altered landscape after the CAA protests and the… Continue reading Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu: Book Review

Movie Reviews

The Goldfinch: Movie adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning book

‘The Goldfinch’ is pure melancholy. Theo, a 13-year-old boy at a museum witnesses a blast in which his mother dies. He is haunted by this incident thereafter and his mother’s face refuses to come back to his memory. Is he at fault for dragging his mother to the museum on that unfateful day? At the… Continue reading The Goldfinch: Movie adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning book

Blogging Challenges · Cause A Chatter

Bibliotherapy: Reading to find a ‘Balance’ in our lives #CauseAChatter

Mental health is recognized as one of the grey areas looming at large at this point. Our brain is continuously absorbing news 24x7, mostly the bad part of it overpowering every other aspect. So, can I ask you to pick up a happy book and forget the world – the external and the internal? No,… Continue reading Bibliotherapy: Reading to find a ‘Balance’ in our lives #CauseAChatter

Book Reviews · New Release

The Elsinore Vanish by Joanna Baker: Book Review

I received ‘The Elsinore Vanish’ by Joanna Baker in an exchange of an honest review. ‘The Elsinore Vanish’ is the second book in the ‘The Beechworth Trilogy. Sadly, I had not read the first book, ‘Devastation Road’ but it doesn’t hinder reading this second book. The only difference, I guess is that Matt and Chess,… Continue reading The Elsinore Vanish by Joanna Baker: Book Review

Book Reviews · New Release

Let the Willows Weep by Sherry Parnell: Book Review

I received the ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. And, I was immediately drawn to the title besides this beautiful cover of ‘Let the Willows Weep’ by Sherry Parnell. As the title suggests, I braced myself for an emotional, tragic story. It definitely has elements of an emotional story but with… Continue reading Let the Willows Weep by Sherry Parnell: Book Review

Book Tags, TBRs and Blitz · Bookish Lists

My Wish-List Books for the post-pandemic time

Once upon a time, we referred to BC and AD. But, now life is all about pre-Pandemic and hopefully, soon we will have the bliss to call post-Pandemic. As everyone looks forward to the day we will go back to a normal life and list out things-to-do then, I have my small wishlist of 'books… Continue reading My Wish-List Books for the post-pandemic time

A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

The Zing to the Book Covers: Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

Here comes the last post on the ‘Book Cover’ series for the A2Z challenge. I didn’t wish to write about just another book cover so here goes this post exploring some of my favourite book covers. The little zing on the book cover holds the enthusiasm of the reader and lures them to the cash… Continue reading The Zing to the Book Covers: Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce is a Classic published in 1916. After reading ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce, I was keen on reading his next book and to include his greatest creation, ‘Ulysses’ in my TBR. I found ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ before I… Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather by Gao Xinjiang: A Letter to the Cover #A2Z challenge

I discovered Gao Xinjiang’s writing last year with ‘Soul Mountain’ while doing the A2Z challenge. Gao Xinjiang won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 2000. Choosing an exile from China in 1987, he settled in Paris and completed ‘Soul Mountain’. ‘Soul Mountain’ is a book that draws from the author’s biographical account of… Continue reading Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather by Gao Xinjiang: A Letter to the Cover #A2Z challenge

A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

‘The White Tiger’ was one random pick. Obviously, the ‘Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008’ worked its charm though I had no clue about its author, Aravind Adiga. The cover also threw some doubts; it felt more like holding a graphic novel than a collection from the serious Booker Prize awarded types. The black… Continue reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown is a special book for me. The book was published in 2003 and immediately had trekked the globe to become the bestseller. Everyone around me was either reading the book or had already read this book. I joined the bandwagon; borrowed the book from a friend and was… Continue reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge 2020 · Blogging Challenges

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge

‘Unaccustomed Earth’ is the third book by Jhumpa Lahiri published in 2008. I remember when ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ had come out in the year 1999; Jhumpa Lahiri’s name had created a huge buzz in the modern literary circles. Jhumpa Lahiri further cemented the place for her with ‘Namesake’ in 2003. Her third book came after… Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: A Letter to the Book Cover #A2Z Challenge