Moustache by S. Hareesh: The winner of the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

A modern fable traversing the length and breadth of the below-sea-level farming areas of Kerala, set about a hundred years ago resurrecting forgotten stories, myths, and legends within the realm of magical realism. Undoubtedly, ‘Moustache’ was the most awaited read for me, especially after it won the JCB Prize for Literature 2020. ‘Moustache’ is written … Continue reading Moustache by S. Hareesh: The winner of the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories are a perfect depiction of Indian society, set in the time of British rule. Of course, he typically kept the plot and storyline confined within the geographical and cultural boundary of Bengal. But, what cuts across the cultural reference is the emotions of women in each of his short stories. His … Continue reading Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Kintsugi by Anukrti Upadhyay: A tale of Japanese art, an Indian craft and three resilient women

‘Kintsugi’ is mystifying as a title for a work of Indian fiction. This word comes from the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by using lacquer containing powdered gold, silver, or other metals. At a deeper philosophical level, ‘Kintsugi’ is about appreciating beauty in imperfections by highlighting the breakage instead of concealing it.  Anukrti Upadhyay … Continue reading Kintsugi by Anukrti Upadhyay: A tale of Japanese art, an Indian craft and three resilient women

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh: Sundarbans, wilderness and human struggle to survive

‘The Hungry Tide’ takes you into the lesser-explored literary landscape of the Sundarbans. This book written by Amitav Ghosh was published in 2004 and is recipient of the Hutch Crossword Book Award for fiction. Now, if you love Amitav Ghosh’s writings, then this one is sure to make inroads deep inside your heart. As Amitav … Continue reading The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh: Sundarbans, wilderness and human struggle to survive

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: A futuristic fiction around Malaria with a bit of Supernatural

The Calcutta Chromosome is an experiment at best, a motley of science fiction (or medical fiction if such a term exists) and a supernatural thriller. The research aspects on Ronald Ross, the recipient of the 'Nobel Prize for Medicine' for his discovery of the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes in 1902, are brilliantly portrayed. It … Continue reading The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh: A futuristic fiction around Malaria with a bit of Supernatural

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

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

‘Interpreter of Maladies’ by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of nine short stories published in 1999. In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Award and Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her next book was ‘The Namesake’ its immense popularity led to a movie adaptation as well. ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ is a collection of nine short stories. The freshness in … Continue reading Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: A satire and a dark comedy on Indian poverty

A metaphorical white tiger caged inside a rooster coop, and how he breaks free is the story of 'The White Tiger'. This book by Aravind Adiga was called a ‘masterpiece’ by The Times and it won the Man Booker Prize 2008. This book depicts the issues of poverty and class discrimination grappling the 21st century India. … Continue reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: A satire and a dark comedy on Indian poverty

Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan: Book Review

‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ by Anuja Chauhan is one of the breeziest reads. It is knitted in a simple setting with some drool-worthy love moments. In my complete dislike to the usage of Hindi blatantly in an English work of fiction, this book gave me an overwhelming dose.  Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan There seems unwanted and … Continue reading Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan: Book Review

Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair: Book Review

The story of 'Ladies Coupe' has remained closer to my heart ever since I first read it, about fifteen-years-ago. This is one of most cherished reads of mine from the Indian fiction scenario. Years back in my college library, when I picked up this book and started to read, I felt an instant connect with … Continue reading Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair: Book Review