The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Book Review

‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris is a moving tale of love, despair, and survival set during WW II. The book became a bestseller since its publication in 2018.  We have read and watched documentaries based on the horrors of the holocaust and the barbarity of the Nazis inside the concentration camps. Building on … Continue reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Book Review

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | Book Review

There is dystopia and then there is ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro. This book categorized as dystopian science fiction was published in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. That’s quite a burden to hold, plus a star-studded movie based on the book. I had read ‘Klara and the Sun’ by Ishiguro … Continue reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | Book Review

Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India by Kiran Manral

‘Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India’ by Kiran Manral tells the stories of 30 successful women from various facets of public life, be it politics, governance, cinema, performing arts, business, sports, writing, scientific arena, or royalty. Indeed, the book is an inspirational compilation of 30 stories, more specifically 30 personalities who define women empowerment and … Continue reading Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India by Kiran Manral

The Help by Kathyrn Stockett | Book Review

I remember watching 'The Help' starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone years back. In the end credits, it said the story is based on a book. Usually, I would have read the book before watching the movie, but this was the other way around. So, a couple of years back when I saw … Continue reading The Help by Kathyrn Stockett | Book Review

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth | Book Review

‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth stayed on my bookshelf for the longest, of course owing to its intimidating length. But the hype about this book in the literary circles and amongst a group of book lovers always made me curious about what am I missing out on! And the Netflix series only resurrected whatever … Continue reading A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth | Book Review

Six Novellas to Read before the Year Ends

Last quarter of the year! And for those of you who are sweating like me with the fear of not achieving the set reading goals, I have an idea. Whatever your goal was, let’s tweak those TBRs and replace the full-length hefty novels with some lifesaver Novellas at this point. Fewer pages to read, pacey … Continue reading Six Novellas to Read before the Year Ends

Embrace Your Inner Child With ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I think I lived under a Baobab tree to keep pushing aside ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, reasoning over its melancholic undertone. Though ironically it is a Children’s book. ‘The Little Prince’ reads like a parable. There is fantasy and realism that declutters many of our modern-day self-delusions. ‘The Little Prince’ begins with … Continue reading Embrace Your Inner Child With ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Best Books that I have Read but Don’t have on My Bookshelf

To own a book is one of the greatest treasures. All through our lives, we collect books and display them on our bookshelves as prized possessions. But the other day, I realized I don’t own some of the best reads of my life. Atrocious, yes, but then such is reality. I am sure you too … Continue reading The Best Books that I have Read but Don’t have on My Bookshelf

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Book Review

‘The Sun is Also a Star’ by Nicole Yoon is a heartwarming, idyllic, and fairytale-ish read. In my opinion, this book is a delightful amalgamation of YA meets immigrant and romance themes. The story begins the day Natasha Kingsley, the 16-year-old good-looking, head turner Jamaican-American is set to be deported from America to her home … Continue reading The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Book Review

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

The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita: Timeless Wisdom for the Modern Age by Richa Tilokani | Book Review

The Teaching of Bhagavad Gita by Richa Tilokani, Hay House, 226 pages ‘Bhagavad Gita’ is the epitome of knowledge, a philosophical discourse leading one onto the path of spiritual awakening. ‘The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita: Timeless Wisdom for the Modern Age’ by Richa Tilokani presents a simple, contemporized, and easy-to-understand interpretation of ‘Bhagavad Gita’. In … Continue reading The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita: Timeless Wisdom for the Modern Age by Richa Tilokani | Book Review

Is ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame interesting to read as an adult?

I opened ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame with the expectation of reading an idyllic children’s book. Perhaps I was being a bit too literal in my headspace. ‘The Wind in the Willows’ indeed has more appeal for an adult mind than a child’s, the one that has seen the realities of life.  … Continue reading Is ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame interesting to read as an adult?

Five Takeaways from Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

I wonder why it took me four long years to reach ‘Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’ by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. The book happened to me amidst the Covid-19 times, and instead of the paperback, I had the audiobook. My first ever audiobook experience! When I started listening to … Continue reading Five Takeaways from Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

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

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

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'd been procrastinating way too much on this one, that is until I saw the movie trailer of ‘Little Women’, the onscreen adaptation by Greta Gerwig! Instantly, I jumped in, read the book, saw the movie, and loved both! Coming to the book, ‘Little Women’ is like a fable for adult readers. The story follows … Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Book Review

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell | Book Recommendation

“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 | Book Recommendation

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

Books I wish to buy in the post-pandemic shopping spree

Once upon a time, we referred to BC and AD. But, now life is all about pre-Pandemic and hopefully, soon we will have the bliss to call post-Pandemic. As everyone looks forward to the day we will go back to normal life and list out things-to-do then, I have my small wishlist of 'books to … Continue reading Books I wish to buy in the post-pandemic shopping spree