Hyderabad: The Partition Trilogy, Book II | Book Review

Title: Hyderabad (Book II of The Partition Trilogy)Author: Manreet Sodhi SomeshwarGenre: Historical FictionPublisher: Harper Collins India Blurb Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, the Nizam of Hyderabad, the largest Princely State of the Crown. It sits in the belly of newly independent India to which Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabhbhai Patel want Hyderabad to accede. The … Continue reading Hyderabad: The Partition Trilogy, Book II | Book Review

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier is exceptional, so much so that when you reach the last line, you will go back to the first chapter to see the magic unravel!  Undoubtedly, ‘Rebecca’ has a ghost-like undertone to it, yet it is so real that you marvel at Daphne du Maurier’s story-telling technique. (The last story … Continue reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Book Review

‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris is a moving tale of love, despair, and survival set during WW II. The book became a bestseller since its publication in 2018.  We have read and watched documentaries based on the horrors of the holocaust and the barbarity of the Nazis inside the concentration camps. Building on … Continue reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Book Review

Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – A Short Story

If you have read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie before, you are sure to pick up anything that she writes. So, when I saw ‘Zikora’ on Prime Reading I was more than tempted to stop what I was reading and hop on to this one. And what an emotional roller coaster this story was! Zikora, is a … Continue reading Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – A Short Story

If You Had to Choose Between Reading or Writing #BlogchatterBlogHop

Is this the Chicken or the Egg paradox? Yeah, that was my first take on the prompt for this week’s Blog Hop. But an afterthought on the prompt led me to this post. Reading or Writing? Now, if I were a success at writing, I would have certainly written and posted my pieces on the … Continue reading If You Had to Choose Between Reading or Writing #BlogchatterBlogHop

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | Book Review

There is dystopia and then there is ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro. This book categorized as dystopian science fiction was published in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. That’s quite a burden to hold, plus a star-studded movie based on the book. I had read ‘Klara and the Sun’ by Ishiguro … Continue reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | Book Review

Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India by Kiran Manral

‘Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India’ by Kiran Manral tells the stories of 30 successful women from various facets of public life, be it politics, governance, cinema, performing arts, business, sports, writing, scientific arena, or royalty. Indeed, the book is an inspirational compilation of 30 stories, more specifically 30 personalities who define women empowerment and … Continue reading Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India by Kiran Manral

The Help by Kathyrn Stockett | Book Review

I remember watching 'The Help' starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone years back. In the end credits, it said the story is based on a book. Usually, I would have read the book before watching the movie, but this was the other way around. So, a couple of years back when I saw … Continue reading The Help by Kathyrn Stockett | Book Review

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks | Book Review

I decided to take a break from all the heavy-weight Classic Romances from my reading list and turn to something more YA-ish romance novel of the 90s. 'The Notebook' is a simple read, oozing of the mush with a certain depth and perspective on love. We begin with an old man reading from his journal, … Continue reading The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks | Book Review

The New Year’s Book Tag 2022

While I was juggling with a post on Reading Wrap-Up 2021 and Reading Goals for 2022, I came across this interesting New Year’s book tag on Twirling Book Princess. Do read check out her incredible blog, you will find everything bookish there! And here comes my post on this tag! How many books are you … Continue reading The New Year’s Book Tag 2022

#TataStories: 40 Timeless Tales to Inspire You by Harish Bhat | Book Review

Who isn’t entranced by the Tata legacy? A business conglomerate that started in the pre-independence era and stayed relevant, made an indelible mark on the citizens of this country and contributed to its development trajectory. ‘#Tatastories - 40 Timeless Tales to Inspire You’ by Harish Bhat is an intriguing and intuitive peek into this establishment … Continue reading #TataStories: 40 Timeless Tales to Inspire You by Harish Bhat | Book Review

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth | Book Review

‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth stayed on my bookshelf for the longest, of course owing to its intimidating length. But the hype about this book in the literary circles and amongst a group of book lovers always made me curious about what am I missing out on! And the Netflix series only resurrected whatever … Continue reading A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth | Book Review

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

I had read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders overcome by the hubbub of its winning the Booker Prize in 2017. Back then, I felt sour about spending a hefty amount on a book that wasn’t historical fiction in the true sense though it promised to be about Abraham Lincoln and his deceased son. … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

7 Popular Romance Tropes that I Enjoy Reading

My last blog post ‘Happy Endings | Short Story by Margaret Atwood’ kept me nudging on the notion of ‘happily ever after’. So, I thought of writing about my favourite romance tropes. Love stories are a staple for everyone, but some stories touch our hearts more than others. For instance, I cannot stand the love … Continue reading 7 Popular Romance Tropes that I Enjoy Reading

Happy Endings | Short Story by Margaret Atwood

A writer’s job isn’t easy. Ordinary lives are mundane without the pizzazz of a thriller/ romance/ tragedy/ horror and unforeseeable twists and turns. The usual life story is about ticking the boxes on birth, education, profession, marriage, children, and retirement. Are we interested in this story? Perhaps yes, if there is an interesting spin to … Continue reading Happy Endings | Short Story by Margaret Atwood

Six Novellas to Read before the Year Ends

Last quarter of the year! And for those of you who are sweating like me with the fear of not achieving the set reading goals, I have an idea. Whatever your goal was, let’s tweak those TBRs and replace the full-length hefty novels with some lifesaver Novellas at this point. Fewer pages to read, pacey … Continue reading Six Novellas to Read before the Year Ends

Embrace Your Inner Child With ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I think I lived under a Baobab tree to keep pushing aside ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, reasoning over its melancholic undertone. Though ironically it is a Children’s book. ‘The Little Prince’ reads like a parable. There is fantasy and realism that declutters many of our modern-day self-delusions. ‘The Little Prince’ begins with … Continue reading Embrace Your Inner Child With ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom | Book Review

I came to ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom when I was searching for a book with deeper philosophical connotations. This autobiographical book based on Mitch Albom’s visits to his terminally ill Professor has been popular in the self-help genre since its publication in 1997. But I was yet to read! On the cover, just … Continue reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom | Book Review

The Best Books that I have Read but Don’t have on My Bookshelf

To own a book is one of the greatest treasures. All through our lives, we collect books and display them on our bookshelves as prized possessions. But the other day, I realized I don’t own some of the best reads of my life. Atrocious, yes, but then such is reality. I am sure you too … Continue reading The Best Books that I have Read but Don’t have on My Bookshelf

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Book Review

‘The Sun is Also a Star’ by Nicole Yoon is a heartwarming, idyllic, and fairytale-ish read. In my opinion, this book is a delightful amalgamation of YA meets immigrant and romance themes. The story begins the day Natasha Kingsley, the 16-year-old good-looking, head turner Jamaican-American is set to be deported from America to her home … Continue reading The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Book Review