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

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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

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

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

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