Blogging Challenges · Cause A Chatter

Blogchatter’s 'Blogging With A Purpose' #CauseAChatter: Theme Reveal

I had previously read many posts with the hashtag #CauseAChatter, a campaign by Blogchatter. #CauseAChatter is about blogging with a purpose, to give voice to highlight something one cares for. And, I have felt the sheer passion with which the bloggers wrote for the causes they stood for in the previous years. This time, I… Continue reading Blogchatter’s 'Blogging With A Purpose' #CauseAChatter: Theme Reveal

Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · My Friend Alexa 2019

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: My Read

‘Heart of Darkness’, the Classic written by Joseph Conrad was published in 1899. Since its publication, ‘Heart of Darkness’ has stood as a mirror to imperial exploitation in Africa. The relevance and authenticity in the narrative stem from the fact that Conrad has drawn to his own experience as a sailor. In 1890, Conrad’s wish… Continue reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: My Read

Book Reviews · My Friend Alexa 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: My Read

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman was published in 2017. In an interview to Penguin Random House, the debutant author Gail Honeyman said the idea for the book came to her while reading an article about a young woman who had articulated her experience of living alone in a big city. Hence the… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: My Read

Book Reviews · My Friend Alexa 2019

American Gods by Neil Gaiman: My Read

Welcome to Neil Gaiman’s world of urban fantasy. ‘American Gods’ is my second attempt at reading Neil Gaiman, after ‘Neverwhere’. American Gods was published in 2001 and later, the book was adapted to a television series in 2017. I know a lot of book lovers who go weak on their knees hearing Neil Gaiman’s name.… Continue reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman: My Read

Book Reviews · Fiction · My Friend Alexa 2019

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: My Read

When Da Vinci Code came out in 2003, I was in college and everyone had this book in their hands. I borrowed the book from a friend, stayed up all night and finished it. A decade and a half down the lane, Dan Brown made progression with The Lost Symbol, Inferno and then the Origin.… Continue reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: My Read

Book Reviews · My Friend Alexa 2019

Milkman by Anna Burns: My Read

‘Milkman’ makes you recognize Anna Burns’ capability as a writer; she is blessed with a unique authorial voice. Past that, you delve into the story that takes you round and round in a loop. Yes, it is a Booker Prize winner of 2018; the flattering reason for me to have picked this book.   Now… Continue reading Milkman by Anna Burns: My Read

Book Reviews · Fiction · My Friend Alexa 2019

Circe by Madeline Miller: My Read

Circe by Madeline Miller was published in 2018. I have not read her first book, the acclaimed ‘The Song of Achilles’, the retelling of Homer’s Illiad. Nonetheless, I had to read ‘Circe’ for all the wonderful reviews it received in last one year. It is indeed wonderful to see ‘The Odyssey’ coming alive through the… Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller: My Read

Book Reviews · Classics · My Friend Alexa 2019

The Odyssey by Homer: My Read

For the one who has not read ‘Illiad’, ‘The Odyssey’ may set you on course an unchartered territory. ‘The Odyssey’ is the world of ancient Greek mythology where humans, Gods, and monsters cohabit magical islands and kingdoms. At the heart of it, is the chivalry and valour of one man – Ulysses. It is said… Continue reading The Odyssey by Homer: My Read

Book Reviews · Classics · My Friend Alexa 2019

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: My Read

What saves your day better than a ‘Classic’? And, I went straight to F. Scott Fitzgerald entering the world of ‘The Great Gatsby’. This book was published in 1925 and potently portrays the pursuit of American dreams during the Jazz age. Fitzgerald unapologetically brings out the snobbery, infidelity and class distinction of the rich class… Continue reading The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Fiction

The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith: My Read

The Autograph Man is the second novel by Zadie Smith, published in 2002 after the immensely successful ‘White Teeth’. ‘The Autograph Man’ is our protagonist – Alex Li Tandem, a Jewish-Chinese from London pursuing a career in collecting and selling celebrity autographs (plus other souvenirs). The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith The book begins with a Prologue… Continue reading The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Short Story Reviews

Doomsday by Younghill Kang: Short Story Review

Doomsday is a chapter from ‘The Grass Roof’, the autobiographical novel by Younghill Kang, published in 1931. This has been adopted as a standalone short story too. Younghill Kang, born in Korea and immigrated to America, is deemed as an esteemed Asian American writer. He had to flee Korea in 1921 due to his anti-Japanese and… Continue reading Doomsday by Younghill Kang: Short Story Review

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Fiction

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian: My Read

Soul Mountain is a novel by Gao Xingjian written in Chinese and published in 1990. The book was translated to English by Mabel Lee in the year 2000. Gao Xingjian is a Chinese novelist, playwright and critic, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. Gao Xiangjian is China’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for… Continue reading Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Classics

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: My Read

Wuthering Heights is the cult classic written by Emily Bronte and first published in 1847. We could very well reach the three-hundred-years mark and still, may never find characters like Heathcliff and Catherine in Literature. Though, it is burdensome to read through the ruthless, selfish characters with no traits of redemption. Sure, every story cannot be a fairytale… Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Classics

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: My Read

To the Lighthouse is the novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1927. The book takes you through various streams of consciousness of different characters. And, indeed the narrative may let you think of ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce published in 1916.  It is the beautiful prose written by Virginia Woolf that… Continue reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Fiction

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: My Read

Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of stories by Jhumpa Lahiri published in 2008. The book will definitely remind you of ‘Interpreter of Maladies’. Though this collection has no story set in India. Well, as customary, Jhumpa Lahiri serves us with Bengali protagonists in America, their identity crisis, generational gap and relationship issues in the foreign land. The typecast… Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Fiction

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: My Read

‘The Palace of Illusions’ is written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, published in 2008. ‘The Palace of Illusions’ explores the beautiful premise of mythological retelling, and what better than to understand the epic of Mahabharata through the eyes of Draupadi. I began the book in an apprehensive way. Mahabharata has been told, a zillion times over, from… Continue reading The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Fiction · Non Fiction

Still Alice by Lisa Genova: My Read

Still Alice is written by Lisa Genova published in 2007. The book was turned into a movie by the same title, released in 2014. Julianne Moore played the title character of Alice and won the award for Best Actress at the Oscar for her work in the movie. To give the premise, when Lisa Genova was a twenty-eight… Continue reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Classics

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: My Read

Right Ho, Jeeves is the novel by P.G.Wodehouse on the iconic characters of Wooster-Jeeves, published in 1934. P.G.Wodehouse’s classic is a breeze to read and keeps you smiling from ear to ear all through the length of it. The satirical writing on the Edwardian way of living focused on gluttony, match-making and social engagements makes the book so… Continue reading Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Classics

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes: My Read

Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel De Cervantes, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615. The English translation was published in 1612 and 1620. The book that I read is translated by John Ormsby. According to him, ‘This novel, a satire of romantic chivalry, provides a window on 17th century Spain.’ In the introduction, he… Continue reading Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes: My Read

Blogchatter A2Z 2019 · Blogging Challenges · Book Reviews · Fiction

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: My Read

Pigeon English is written by Stephen Kelman. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2011.  “Grown-ups love sad news, it gives them something special to pray for. That’s why the news is always sad.” Pigeon English is narrated by Harri, an eleven-year-old boy. And, this is the beauty of this book; you understand the world… Continue reading Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: My Read