Ten Books on my Re-Read list for 2021

Somewhere in our hearts, we always wish to re-read some of the best reads from the past. The TBR, however, keeps hoarding new releases and new recommendations. This means the re-read list is ignored and pushed much lower on the reading rack. So, my New Year resolution…if it had to be anything then it surely … Continue reading Ten Books on my Re-Read list for 2021

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 End of the Year Book Tag

I wanted to do ‘The End of the Year Book Tag’ for some years now. It is such a fun tag that I have loved reading it on various blogs over the years. So, finally I debut with my answers on this popular book tag. 2020 has been like none other…and through this bumpy ride, … Continue reading The End of the Year Book Tag

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

Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

An inspirational quote works like a balm when our normal motivation seems to be exhausted. A great inspiring quote is a ray of sunshine on a dull day. So, I wanted to compile a little list of inspirational quotes from books for the ‘bibliotherapy series’ that I write every month. In the earlier posts, I … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

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

Bronte Sisters: Their Books and Writings

Charlotte Bronte wrote in ‘Jane Eyre’, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” The Bronte sisters had a unique point of view on class and gender. These three sisters shaped their writings based on their life experiences and created one of the most … Continue reading Bronte Sisters: Their Books and Writings

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’

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Book Review

I had been procrastinating the decision to read this book for a very long time…that is until I saw the movie trailer of ‘Little Women’, the book adaptation by Greta Gerwig! I jumped in, read the book, saw the movie, and loved both! Coming to the book, ‘Little Women’ is like a fable for adult … Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Book Review

Poetry as a Healing Therapy

I have been writing about books and their therapeutic impact through a blog post every month since January 2020 under the ‘Bibliotherapy series #CauseAChatter’. (If you wish, you can read the previous posts here.) Today’s post is ‘Poetry as a Healing Therapy’. ‘Bibliotherapy’ essentially believes that books or literature help to heal. Reading great books, … Continue reading Poetry as a Healing Therapy

Five YA Book to Movie Adaptations

I wanted to write about my dreaded ‘Did Not Finish’ list and then I realized that it was a synonym for the YA books on my shelf. Obviously, the question propped up inside my head - Am I too old to read YA books? Seriously, I tend to miserably slacken while reading a YA book … Continue reading Five YA Book to Movie Adaptations

The Penelopiad and Circe: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller changed the narrative set by Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ ‘Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.’ – The Odyssey by Homer ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer … Continue reading The Penelopiad and Circe: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

Books Read by Fictional Characters

You read a book and the fictional character in your book reads a book too! Don’t you love it when this happens… It is exciting to find fictional characters relishing a book or just a small plot of a book or get inspired by another work of fiction.   Another charm in knowing a fictional … Continue reading Books Read by Fictional Characters

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: One of the best Classic books I’ve ever read

“Food! Food! Why did the stomach have a longer memory than the mind?” War isn’t poetic or romantic, not even in literature. ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell makes such a compelling read in its realistic portrayal of the American Civil War period. ‘Gone With the Wind’ had been on my TBR for a … Continue reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: One of the best Classic books I’ve ever read

Three of My Favourite Agatha Christie Books

Reading ‘Agatha Christie’ makes one nostalgic. I wonder how an old-fashioned crime investigation can hold its charm for a 100-years now! Agatha Christie published her first book, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ in 1920 and introduced Hercule Poirot, the detective who appeared in thirty-three of her sixty-six detective novels. Sherlock Holmes (created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) … Continue reading Three of My Favourite Agatha Christie Books

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim: To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine

“I daresay when we finally reach heaven – the one they talk about so much – we shan’t find it a bit more beautiful.” Enchanted is the word! Yes, while reading ‘The Enchanted April’ by Elizabeth Von Arnim published in 1922, I was in San Salvatore, vicariously living in a castle and basking in the … Continue reading The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim: To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine

Reading with Your Child: Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

We live in a devastatingly stressed-out world. Irrespective of the fact when we lived in the pre-pandemic phase of non-stop work, travel, meetings, and functions or the present ‘new normal’ of buying groceries, managing household chores, and online work. ‘Home’ being the 24x7 destination as of now for all of us. We are running on … Continue reading Reading with Your Child: Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

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 Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Dystopia, feminism and that Writing!

I think the dystopia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood is much harder to read than the one in ‘1984’ by George Orwell. As a female reader, I felt the entire thrust of ‘dystopia’ cascading over to the women in this book. Frankly, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ haunts you like no other horror. I kept … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Dystopia, feminism and that Writing!

Bibliotherapy: Discussing the Healing Power of these Five Books #CauseAChatter

As a creative arts therapy, ‘Bibliotherapy’ has become widely accepted in treating depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and communication issues. Storytelling and reading from a specifically curated booklist help to emotionally heal. Broadly speaking, reading benefits at many levels by increasing self-awareness and improving self-esteem, and thus equipping the individual to face developmental crises. This guided … Continue reading Bibliotherapy: Discussing the Healing Power of these Five Books #CauseAChatter