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

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

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

Five Amazing Places in Dan Brown’s ‘Origin’

‘Origin’ was a much-anticipated read for me. I am unabashedly a big Dan Brown fan owing to the memories of reading ‘Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons’. Though the book I read before ‘Origin’ was a bit of a dampener, ‘The Lost Symbol’ compared to the previous two books. Even so, I looked forward … Continue reading Five Amazing Places in Dan Brown’s ‘Origin’

Forrest Gump: Comparing the book and its movie adaptation

I could never quite get myself to watch ‘Forrest Gump’ but when I did; I had to write about it. Once, I was on YouTube and saw this episode featuring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep on Ellen’s show where Tom Hanks enacts the famous line ‘Life is a box of chocolates’. The next thing I … Continue reading Forrest Gump: Comparing the book and its movie adaptation

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: A Hoodwinked Thriller

The President is Missing. Well, I reached page 153 and the President was still there (sorry for the spoiler). Some people have loved, I mean really loved the book on Goodreads but sometimes you just cannot share the love. ‘The President is Missing’ is a political thriller written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson published … Continue reading The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: A Hoodwinked Thriller

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

‘The Lowland’ has been a gripping read for me, taking me through the known writing landscape of Jhumpa Lahiri – which is both simple and lyrical. Her characters are Indian, rooted in Bengali culture and lifestyle. In ‘The Lowland’ the immigrant angle, a trademark of Lahiri’s style, is rather weighed down compared to her earlier … Continue reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Book Review

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: Book Review

Circe by Madeline Miller: Book Review

'Circe' by Madeline Miller was published in 2018 and garnered rave reviews for retelling the story of vicious sorceress Circe from 'The Odyssey'. I have not read Miller's 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 … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller: Book Review

The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith: Book Review

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: Book Review

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian: Book Review

Soul Mountain (originally written in Chinese) is a novel by Gao Xingjian published in 1990. The book was translated into 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 Xingjian is China’s first winner of the Nobel Prize … Continue reading Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian: Book Review

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

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: Book Review

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Book Review

‘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: Book Review

Still Alice by Lisa Genova: The book, the movie and Alzheimer’s up close

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: The book, the movie and Alzheimer’s up close

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: Book Review

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: Book Review

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: Book Review

Neverwhere is Richard Mayhew’s rendezvous with London Under. Yes, in tandem with the normal London Above, there is an underside where dark creatures, rat-speakers, Earls and serpentines live a normal life, going about their business and visiting the ‘floating market’. Neverwhere is written by Neil Gaiman, published in 1996. Gaiman’s first novel was Good Omens in collaboration with Terry Pratchett. … Continue reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: Book Review

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: Book Review

Left Behind is the first novel in the series of 16 books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins published in 1995. Imagine you are on a plane and open your eyes to find people around you disappear. Their clothes, shoes and other belongings are left behind and their bodies have vanished midair. A similar phenomenon has gripped the rest … Continue reading Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: Book Review

Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson: Book Review

‘Sam’s Letters to Jennifer’ is written by James Patterson and was published in 2004. This book was an international bestseller.  ‘Sam’s Letters to Jennifer’ is an emotional roller coaster ride of love and loss and understanding the meaning of true love. “So many people just give up on love, even though love is the best … Continue reading Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson: Book Review

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami | Book Review

‘Norwegian Wood’ is a novel by Haruki Murakami published in 1987. This book was on my TBR for the longest. Yeah, it is one of those books that is bound to be there on your TBR! Murakami is certainly one of those authors that every book lover seems to have read and recommends. So, here … Continue reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami | Book Review

Love Story by Erich Segal: Book Review

'Love Story' is one of the most romantic novels of all time, written by Erich Segal and published in 1970. We have seen umpteen versions and adaptations of this story on screen. The rich boy and poor girl love story has been the most popular one ever since. Still, when you read 'Love Story', it strikes … Continue reading Love Story by Erich Segal: Book Review