The Curse of Nader Shah – Rise and Fall of a Tyrant by Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu weaves a historical fiction around Nader Shah, one of the most powerful Persian rulers and his endeavors in conquering a vast expanse of the world. Nader Shah was not a Mughal but a man who conquered the Mughal Empire bringing the ‘Peacock throne’ and ‘Koh-i-Noor’ diamond to Persia. He was a man who rose from a humble beginning, reaching the pinnacle of power, … Continue reading The Curse of Nader Shah – Rise and Fall of a Tyrant by Sutapa Basu

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway is about Santiago, the old man and the three days and three nights that he spends at the sea, all by himself and his marvelous catch – the marlin fish. The ‘Old Man’ from the title is Santiago and Hemingway addresses him this way throughout the book. Manolin was around 5-years-old when he was introduced to … Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Trey’s Adventure by L.G.Lynch

A tortoise is every pre-schoolers favorite. The Rabbit and the Tortoise is the first story that a child hears and thus, a tortoise becomes a relatable, lovable character for them. In ‘Trey’s Adventure’, L.G.Lynch takes this adorable character on a small adventure. Trey is a six-year-old tortoise stepping on the grass for the first time in his life. He belongs to a four-year-old boy named … Continue reading Trey’s Adventure by L.G.Lynch

The Intimidating Longest Books on my TBR

Are you terrified to pick up a hefty looking longest book? Well, I am! As someone who loves to read books, I am still intimidated by the length of books. Yes, the ones with the look of an Oxford dictionary or the Thesaurus from the days before Google/ Kindle. To me, ‘hardcover’ is another intimidating aspect of any book. I always pray for the paperback … Continue reading The Intimidating Longest Books on my TBR

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

What if, one morning you woke up and found yourself turned into a bug? Maybe, in the fantasy world, you would think of acquiring superpowers of Spiderman, Antman and the likes. On a tragic reality front, you would realize the disastrous consequences awaiting your life. The Metamorphosis is a novella written by Franz Kafka that was published in 1915. This is one of Kafka’s finest … Continue reading The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

India 2020 by APJ Abdul Kalam and YS Rajan

Follow my blog with Bloglovin APJ Abdul Kalam undoubtedly lives in our hearts for his sheer simplicity and remarkable achievements. On this special day, 15th October marking his birthday, putting forth, ‘India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium’ written by APJ Abdul Kalam with Y.S.Rajan published in 1998. After APJ Abdul Kalam became India’s President, ‘India 2020’ gained unprecedented popularity and was viewed as … Continue reading India 2020 by APJ Abdul Kalam and YS Rajan

Once Upon a Crush by Kiran Manral

In ‘Once Upon a Crush’, Kiran Manral, the author spins around Rayna De’s story of surviving an office crush amidst a tumultuous relationship with her immediate boss. Rayna’s character is quite relatable, cast as a working woman living independently in an apartment, shuttling between work and home and some friends.   This is my first experience at reading a book by Kiran Manral. And, I … Continue reading Once Upon a Crush by Kiran Manral

My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik has emerged as one of the most prominent orators and writers of our times on Indian mythology. Mythology in India was largely catered to us via television through the 1990s. Of course, we always had our temple visits and ritualistic celebrations. But, Sanskrit stood as a barrier between us and the scriptures read during the rituals. So, we had been content with our … Continue reading My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: My Read

‘Heart of Darkness’, the Classic written by Joseph Conrad was published in 1899. Since its publication, ‘Heart of Darkness’ has stood as a mirror to imperial exploitation in Africa. The relevance and authenticity in the narrative stem from the fact that Conrad has drawn to his own experience as a sailor. In 1890, Conrad’s wish to visit Africa materialized as his company employed him as … Continue reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: My Read

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: My Read

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman was published in 2017. In an interview to Penguin Random House, the debutant author Gail Honeyman said the idea for the book came to her while reading an article about a young woman who had articulated her experience of living alone in a big city. Hence the theme of a female protagonist combating ‘loneliness’. This book made … Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: My Read

American Gods by Neil Gaiman: My Read

Welcome to Neil Gaiman’s world of urban fantasy. ‘American Gods’ is my second attempt at reading Neil Gaiman, after ‘Neverwhere’. American Gods was published in 2001 and later, the book was adapted to a television series in 2017. I know a lot of book lovers who go weak on their knees hearing Neil Gaiman’s name. However, I am yet to get a hang for his … Continue reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman: My Read

Awaiting ‘Postscript’ and Reminiscing ‘Love, Rosie’ and ‘The Time of My Life’ by Cecelia Ahern

I am not a contemporary romantic tragedy lover but there was this charm about ‘P.S.I Love You’. The love story of Holly and Gerry was too perfect to be true and the fairytale ended tragically way too soon. Sadly, I didn’t know Cecelia Ahern until the movie makers decided to go ahead and make this unforgettable romantic experience on celluloid. It is simply unbelievable to … Continue reading Awaiting ‘Postscript’ and Reminiscing ‘Love, Rosie’ and ‘The Time of My Life’ by Cecelia Ahern

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

Milkman by Anna Burns: My Read

‘Milkman’ makes you recognize Anna Burns’ capability as a writer; she is blessed with a unique authorial voice. Past that, you delve into the story that takes you round and round in a loop. Yes, it is a Booker Prize winner of 2018; the flattering reason for me to have picked this book.   Now the author is either too explorative about the language or … Continue reading Milkman by Anna Burns: My Read

Fantastic Mr.Fox by Roald Dahl

‘Fantastic Mr.Fox’ by Roald Dahl was published in 1970. I cannot believe the years it has lived through and has remained relevant as well as entertaining. No doubt the world of talking animals will always be a favourite with children. This is an adventurous tale of a fox and his intelligence against the humans. Fantastic Mr.Fox is about this super genius fox – Mr. Fox, … Continue reading Fantastic Mr.Fox by Roald Dahl

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 Odyssey by Homer: My Read

For the one who has not read ‘Illiad’, ‘The Odyssey’ may set you on course an unchartered territory. ‘The Odyssey’ is the world of ancient Greek mythology where humans, Gods, and monsters cohabit magical islands and kingdoms. At the heart of it, is the chivalry and valour of one man – Ulysses. It is said that ‘Illiad’ and then the sequel ‘The Odyssey’ were composed … Continue reading The Odyssey by Homer: My Read

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: My Read

What saves your day better than a ‘Classic’? And, I went straight to F. Scott Fitzgerald entering the world of ‘The Great Gatsby’. This book was published in 1925 and potently portrays the pursuit of American dreams during the Jazz age. Fitzgerald unapologetically brings out the snobbery, infidelity and class distinction of the rich class wrapped inside a tragic love story. I think the reason … Continue reading The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: My Read

The Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond

I did not go back to Ruskin Bond since ‘Room on the Roof’ which I had read as a student in 7th standard. I chanced upon ‘The Cherry Tree’ at a book shop recently and grabbed it. The cover and the illustrations, in anyway were way too tempting. So this is the latest addition to my five-year-old’s reading list. ‘The Cherry Tree’ was first published … Continue reading The Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond