Ravyn by TL Fisher: Review of the New Release

Ravyn is the latest book by TL Fisher which came out on 20th January. Ravyn is a superbly written book, highlighting domestic abuse and how it affects the victim. Even though the book and the characters are set in modern-day America, I am sure the subject is more pertinent to the Indian context. Fisher’s protagonist has an impact that crosses the geographical barrier. Though I … Continue reading Ravyn by TL Fisher: Review of the New Release

Number Eight Crispy Chicken by Sarah Neofield: A Political Satire on Immigration and Detention

I received an advance copy of ‘Number Eight Crispy Chicken’ by Sarah Neofield, her debut novel. The book was scheduled to come out on 20th January 2020…Well, I am a day late in posting this review. But, what a wonderful and unique book! ‘Number Eight Crispy Chicken’ is a political satire set in the modern world grappling with immigration issues and developed nations exploiting the … Continue reading Number Eight Crispy Chicken by Sarah Neofield: A Political Satire on Immigration and Detention

Forrest Gump: A review of this iconic movie and the book in one box!

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 of 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 knew I was watching ‘Forrest Gump’. Certainly, Forrest Gump is … Continue reading Forrest Gump: A review of this iconic movie and the book in one box!

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: A collaboration I looked forward to

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 in 2018. America is threatened with an imminent cyber-attack, the … Continue reading The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: A collaboration I looked forward to

Skipper: Friend or Foe? A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events by Kellie Sanchez

Skipper: Friend or Foe? A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events by Kellie Sanchez is a wonderful tale for preteens. It touches upon the emotional themes of children coping with an ailing parent in the family, adjusting to their new surroundings and finding an adventure in mundane things. The cover is lovely and conveys the imagery of friendship, fun and love for animals. Indeed, a … Continue reading Skipper: Friend or Foe? A Distracting Mystery within Life’s Traumatic Events by Kellie Sanchez

Sane Enough to Know She's Crazy by Ruth Thomas Hansen: Book Review

Sane Enough to Know She’s Crazy by Ruth Thomas Hansen is Carrie’s story of dealing with her life struggles while battling mental illness. We begin with Carrie as a teenager adjusting with the Lingle family after her mother’s death. The story is quite dark and slow. But, gradually you fall in love with the characters – Carrie, Adam, Sassy and David. Though, the author seems … Continue reading Sane Enough to Know She's Crazy by Ruth Thomas Hansen: Book Review

Black Volta by Pete KJ: Book Review

‘Black Volta’ by Pete KJ is a superbly written book and has been such a pleasant reading experience for me. It is a travelogue through Ghana, an immigrants’ story in America and a thriller all rolled in together. There is this insane emotional connect with Liz, the central character of the story while reading this book. The story is set in 2016 when Carlos Mario, … Continue reading Black Volta by Pete KJ: Book Review

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

‘The Lowland’ by Jhumpa Lahiri was published in 2013 and I was surely one of the first to grab a copy. Yes, unabashedly, I am a big fan of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work. And, rather than her acclaimed writing on Indian immigrants in America, I look forward to the portions set in India. (The short story titled ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ from her anthology by the same … Continue reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Code Name Lily by Julien Ayotte

If not for historical fiction, how would we ever get to know about some of the most amazing people and their wondrous feats? ‘Code Name Lily’ by Julien Ayotte is a recreation of the Belgian Comet Line, the resistance group that operated secretly to help the airmen shot down by the German forces, to cross over the enemy territory. Lily from the title of the … Continue reading Code Name Lily by Julien Ayotte

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. Sadly, my momentum gained at reading Da Vinci Code gave … Continue reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: My Read

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 eyes of one of its most vilified characters – Circe. … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller: My Read

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 book begins with a Prologue that covers the bit when Alex is twelve years old and gets fascinated by collecting autographs. … Continue reading The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith: My Read

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 Literature. It is said the book is based upon Gao … Continue reading Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian: My Read

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 Bengali women in saris, wearing vermilion in their hair, living … Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: My Read

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 the most favoured bedtime story to the BR Chopra’s televised … Continue reading The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: My Read

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 year old, her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Lisa being … Continue reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova: My Read

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 in his language and understanding, completely through his eyes. The … Continue reading Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: My Read

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: My Read

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. His second novel was Neverwhere, an expansion of the teleplay he … Continue reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: My Read

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: My Read

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 of the world. There isn’t a clue about what has … Continue reading Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: My Read

Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson: My Read

‘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 thing that can happen to them.” Jennifer has ill-fated luck … Continue reading Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson: My Read