Book Reviews · Fiction · New Release

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

Book Reviews · Fiction · Movie Reviews

Forrest Gump: A review of this iconic movie and the book in one box!

I could never quite get myself to watch ‘Forrest Gump’ but when I did; I had to write about it. Once, I was on YouTube and saw this episode of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep on Ellen’s show where Tom Hanks enacts the famous line ‘Life is a box of chocolates’. The next thing I… Continue reading Forrest Gump: A review of this iconic movie and the book in one box!

Children's Books

The Gingerbread Star by Anne Fine: A plain little grey worm's wish to be a glow worm

I stumbled upon ‘The Gingerbread Star’ by Anne Fine in the children’s section of a bookstore and was immediately impressed by the beautiful cover and the inside illustrations. I had not heard of this book before but the colours gave such a Christmassy feel, though certainly there is no Christmas in this sweet tale. The… Continue reading The Gingerbread Star by Anne Fine: A plain little grey worm's wish to be a glow worm

Book Reviews · Indian Fiction

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

Book Reviews · Indian Fiction

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… Continue reading Once Upon a Crush by Kiran Manral

Book Reviews · Spiritual

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… Continue reading My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik

Book Reviews · My Friend Alexa 2019

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… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: My Read

Book Reviews · My Friend Alexa 2019

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.… Continue reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman: My Read

Book Reviews

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

Book Reviews · Fiction · My Friend Alexa 2019

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.… Continue reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: My Read

Book Reviews · My Friend Alexa 2019

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… Continue reading Milkman by Anna Burns: My Read

Children's Books

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… Continue reading The Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond

Children's Books

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A mesmerizing world of urban fantasy

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is the realization of a child’s dream to enter a chocolate factory and gulp down all that is possible. This iconic book written by Roald Dahl was published in 1964. My first impression on the book was from Johnny Depp’s version of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ that was released… Continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A mesmerizing world of urban fantasy