China Room by Sunjeev Sahota: Book Review

China Room by Sunjeev Sahota, Penguin Random House India, 243 pages China Room: An intuitive story on patriarchy, love, and despair intertwined with alienation, isolation, and addiction of a young immigrant. Deservedly, Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. ‘China Room’ by Sunjeev Sahota is an intrinsically Indian story; it takes you back in time to … Continue reading China Room by Sunjeev Sahota: Book Review

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

The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya by Arya Okten and Giray Okten

As a child, I remember being terrified of Mathematics. As I got promoted each year in school, the numbers got bigger and became even scarier. When I received the ARC of ‘The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya’ from Prof Giray Okten, I was more than glad to review this book. ‘The Mathematical Investigations … Continue reading The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya by Arya Okten and Giray Okten

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

Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani: A Self Help Book for young children

‘Sometimes When I’m Sad’ by Deborah Serani is a handbook on ‘overcoming sadness’ in children. This is a self-help picture book with easy to read text for young children. And, the author supplements the story with the 4-page resource material for parents at the end of the story, educating more on helping children through sadness. … Continue reading Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani: A Self Help Book for young children

What’s All the Commotion?: A book about Social Distancing by Jessie Glenn

‘What's All the Commotion?’ is an inclusive picture book about COVID-19 and social distancing that seeks to explain this tough, timely topic to children. The world we live in has terribly changed due to the pandemic in the last few months. We are now calling this the ‘new normal’. As adults, we understand the gravity … Continue reading What’s All the Commotion?: A book about Social Distancing by Jessie Glenn

‘Stop! Breathe and Think!’ by Nesrine Sleiman: A mantra for handling preschoolers’ anger outbursts

‘Stop! Breathe and Think!’ is a book aimed at preschoolers as they begin to adjust with school, their new surroundings, and understanding their feelings. This story is about Lemar, a little girl who wants to be an artist when she grows up. But, one day she loses her drawing at school and is overcome by … Continue reading ‘Stop! Breathe and Think!’ by Nesrine Sleiman: A mantra for handling preschoolers’ anger outbursts

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu: Book Review

Samit Basu weaves the ‘Sci-fi’ element in a futuristic fiction with a political undertone in his latest book, ‘Chosen Spirits’. Chosen Spirits by Samit BasuPublisher: S&S India, 239 pages The book is about Joey, her life set in a futuristic media establishment in New Delhi, in an altered landscape after the CAA protests and the … Continue reading Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu: Book Review

The Elsinore Vanish by Joanna Baker: Book Review

I received ‘The Elsinore Vanish’ by Joanna Baker in an exchange of an honest review. ‘The Elsinore Vanish’ is the second book in the ‘The Beechworth Trilogy. Sadly, I had not read the first book, ‘Devastation Road’ but it doesn’t hinder reading this second book. The only difference, I guess is that Matt and Chess, … Continue reading The Elsinore Vanish by Joanna Baker: Book Review

Let the Willows Weep by Sherry Parnell: Book Review

I received the ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. And, I was immediately drawn to the title besides this beautiful cover of ‘Let the Willows Weep’ by Sherry Parnell. As the title suggests, I braced myself for an emotional, tragic story. It definitely has elements of an emotional story but with … Continue reading Let the Willows Weep by Sherry Parnell: Book Review

I’m Joking by Tom E. Moffatt: More than 500 Original Jokes for Kids

This is definitely one book you need in the present times; simply to lighten the mood amid corona stress. ‘I’m Joking’ has more than 500 jokes written by Tom E.Moffatt and with illustrations by Paul Beavis. The blurb says that the book is intended for children aged 8 and up, but even I laughed my … Continue reading I’m Joking by Tom E. Moffatt: More than 500 Original Jokes for Kids

The Road to Delano by John DeSimone: A compelling historical fiction and thriller

‘The Road to Delano’ is a historical fiction and thriller written by John DeSimone. The story is about Jack Duncan as he unearths the mysterious death of his father during the Californian grape strike. The beauty of the story is that the author takes us to the countryside in America and sets the plot in … Continue reading The Road to Delano by John DeSimone: A compelling historical fiction and thriller

Irrationally Passionate: My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur by Jason Kothari – Book Review

‘Irrationally Passionate’ is a young, successful entrepreneur’s story of making it big, treading an unconventional path. This entrepreneur is Jason Kothari, with an impressive resume to make you delve right into the book. One look at the cover and you realize this isn’t going to be a philosophical sermon on entrepreneurship or how to become … Continue reading Irrationally Passionate: My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur by Jason Kothari – Book Review

Head on Backwards, Chest full of Sand by Sandy Day: Livvy’s young naive love for Kane

I am not a fan of YA and it may have been long since I read one. I received the ARC of ‘Head on Backwards, Chest full of Sand’ by Sandy Day and was glad to read it. And, I must say I liked reading about Livvy, the 17-year-old protagonist and her naïve love story … Continue reading Head on Backwards, Chest full of Sand by Sandy Day: Livvy’s young naive love for Kane

The Healing Star by A. Kidd: Book Review

To begin with, I was mesmerized by the book cover. It is a beautiful fairytale-ish cover. The title says ‘The Healing Star’ and the girl on the cover is sweet little Julia with a net ready to catch a falling star. The Healing Star by A. KiddQuiet Storm Publishing, 240 pages ‘The Healing Star’ by … Continue reading The Healing Star by A. Kidd: Book Review

Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter: Unraveling Hitler in fiction

‘Wolf’ by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter is a historical fiction based on Adolf Hitler’s rise to becoming the ‘Fuhrer’ of Germany. What makes ‘Wolf’ interesting is the central narrative of Friedrich Richard, the fictionalized character who becomes the closest aid of Hitler. The amalgamation of fiction and non-fiction is amazingly achieved and … Continue reading Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter: Unraveling Hitler in fiction

Miscreants, Murderers, and Thieves edited by Samuel W. Reed: An anthology of crime stories

Presenting a New Release today!! Review I am not someone who likes reading crime novels. Yes, I could probably watch a murder mystery or a crime based tele/ web-series but a book is different. And, Miscreants, Murderers, and Thieves is an anthology of crime stories by thirteen emergent authors edited by Samuel W. Reed. I … Continue reading Miscreants, Murderers, and Thieves edited by Samuel W. Reed: An anthology of crime stories

The Eye of RA by Ben Gartner: Release Blitz and Review

It is ‘Release Blitz’ and I bring to you ‘The Eye of RA’ by Ben Gartner. The book is aimed at middle-school children. And, ofcourse has all the right ingredients of magic and adventure rolled in one. The story begins with John all excited for the summer and the end of his fourth grade. With … Continue reading The Eye of RA by Ben Gartner: Release Blitz and Review

Stripes Recruitment by Luke Melia: A Tiger in town busy with job hunting

‘Stripes Recruitment’ is a new short story by Luke Melia. This story is about a ‘Tiger’ named Stripes who is trying hard to fit in the human world. Luke Melia started working on this idea of a ‘Tiger seeking a job’ about five years back. Stripes Recruitment by Luke MeliaPaperback: 36 pagesPublisher: Independently published  It is seldom that … Continue reading Stripes Recruitment by Luke Melia: A Tiger in town busy with job hunting

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 … Continue reading Ravyn by TL Fisher: Review of the New Release